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Innovation Catalyst Seminar: Lean Startup Business Tactics - Identifying Your Minimal Viable Product


Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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UNH's Office for Research Partnerships & Commercialization presents:

Identifying Your Minimum Viable Product 


Thursday, October 24th   

4:00 – 5:00 PM

NH Innovation Commercialization Center



Josh Cyr, founder of Alpha Loft and freelance developer

Doug Henderson, founder of FrostHub


The minimum viable product (MVP) is that version of a product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validating insight about customers' needs with the least amount of product building. It's one of the most important principles of a lean startup.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The value behind building an MVP
  • The overall process of achieving the maximum amount of validating learning
  • Why in-depth customer interviews, and not just user testing, are crucial to testing your initial hypotheses about your business or product
  • How you might collect or analyze qualitative and quantitative metrics to iterate your MVP
  • Real lessons learned from one startup while building their MVP


Who should attend?

  • Anyone thinking about starting a company
  • Anyone currently in the throes of launching their startup or new product
  • Students, faculty, and staff
  • Seasoned business leaders who would like to meet the next generation of business leaders
  • The entire NH community interested in supporting, promoting, and encouraging new companies to start and stay in NH

The seminar will be followed by beer and networking from 5:00-7:00pm in the same room. Attendees must be 21+ to partake.

The official Twitter hashtag for this event is #orpccatalyst.


About our Presenters:

Joshua Cyr is a Web Application Developer, Entrepreneur, and tech-driven individual. Currently Cyr is the owner of Alpha Loft, a co-working space for high tech entrepreneurs in Portsmouth. In the past, he has been recognized in the software development industry and by Adobe for his extensive knowledge of ColdFusion. As an enthusiastic member of the ColdFusion community, Cyr also hosted an annual Adobe technology focused cruise/conference, with the most recently visiting the Western Caribbean. Cyr is a member of the Economic Development Commission for Portsmouth and has previously been a board member for a number of non-profits.

Doug is the founder of FrostHub, an enterprise software company that provides professional services firms with tools to improve performance, increase collaboration and reduce coordination costs. He is responsible for FrostHub’s corporate and product design strategy. Doug has been providing operations effectiveness, consulting and software design services to manufacturing, design, advertising and software companies. He has over 25 years of experience developing strong client relationships and helping launch new products and services. He holds an MBA from UNH, a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Union College and is a graduate of GE’s Corporate Management Program. 




Innovation Catalyst Seminars are held at the NH Innovation Commercialization Center at 9 Madbury Road (4th floor) located at the corner of Madbury Road and Pettee Brook Lane in Durham.

Attendees may park along Madbury Road, Pettee Brook Lane, and Main Street for $1/hour. Parking rules are enforced until 6pm. 

For additional parking guidelines, please visit the UNH Parking website.  

 Introducing the Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series

The Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly during the academic year, discusses relevant issues related to commercializing UNH’s innovations, including current and emerging best practices on campus.

The seminars are open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the university innovations of today represent the information and opportunities of tomorrow.

This year's theme is Lean Startup Business Tactics. Each month we'll tackle a major topic relating to starting and executing your business with Lean Startup principals, led by local experts who teach from their experience. There has never been a better time to start a business so this year bring your ideas to the Innovation Catalyst Seminar and start something! 

10/24/13 Identifying Your Minimal Viable Product
11/21/13 Finding Your Customer (Customer Development)
01/23/14 Marketing to Your Defined Market
02/27/14 Who Owns Your Company?
03/27/14 Start-up Infrastructure on a Budget
04/24/14 HR Issues to be Aware of as a Start-up


Want to know the latest from the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization? Follow Executive Director Marc Sedam on Twitter: @UNHinnovation

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Have questions about Innovation Catalyst Seminar: Lean Startup Business Tactics - Identifying Your Minimal Viable Product? Contact UNHInnovation
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NH Innovation Commercialization Center
9 Madbury Road
Durham, NH 03824

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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UNHInnovation advocates for, manages, and promotes UNH's intellectual property; promotes partnerships between UNH and the business community; and is responsible for licensing UNH technologies and creating start-up companies based on innovations created at UNH. UNHInnovation also hosts the InterOperability Laboratory and the NH Innovation Research Center.

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