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The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

We are driven by the knowledge that entrepreneurship is not limited to business studies, and that ideas for growth and opportunity come from all academic areas of the university and all sectors of society. The result is students who are better equipped to lead us into the best future world possible.

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QU Women Student Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion

October 21, 2021

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (ET)

Online Virtual Event

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What We Do

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a versatile and collaborative incubator for students, staff and faculty across all of Quinnipiac’s academic disciplines to pursue their entrepreneurial ventures. We provide advisory services and workshops in legal, finance, research, marketing, design, business plan development and start-up mentoring for all types of innovative business, social, sustainable and artistic ventures. We accomplish this by catalyzing students and faculty from all disciplines and backgrounds to help promising entrepreneurs learn ways to turn their ideas into practical use.

We support faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni mentors and other internal and external partners of the university. Our relationships with successful entrepreneurs and business owners outside the QU community enable us to connect our students with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region and country and enhance the economic development provided by small to mid-sized businesses that are fundamental to a successful economy.

New Center Director Appointed

Quinnipiac University and the People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship welcome Patrice Luoma, PhD, as director of the center, and leader of the innovation ecosystem initiative at Quinnipiac. Patrice Luoma is a long-time faculty member in strategy and entrepreneurship at Quinnipiac and a passionate supporter for spreading the message of innovation and entrepreneurship among all students and faculty at the university.

Patrice A Luoma 

Recorded Events

Mary Howard Executive Director, ABCT & Donna Lecky Co-Founder and Managing Director, iHaven and HealthVenture

Donna Lecky and Mary Howard are leaders of two organizations that support the development of entrepreneurs and innovators focused on health care. Lecky,the co-founder of Health Ventures, helps early stage health care companies with
strategic financial and executive advice. Howard, executive director of the Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut (ABCT), leads a quasigovernmental agency designed to support CT-based innovators in the health sciences.


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Garrett Sheehan - President and CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce is one of the oldest continuously operating chambers of commerce in America. The chamber has supported business development in the greater New Haven region since 1794. Sheehan, president and CEO of the Chamber, will talk about how the organization is prioritizing the development of entrepreneurship in the region.
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George Llado - Chief Information Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Alexion Pharmaceuticals is an example of a
university-spawned enterprise that is a leading
innovator in health care. Llado, the chief information
officer at Alexion, is featured in a talk about the role of
innovation in the continuing success of Alexion and
other early stage university-connected enterprises.

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Rodney Sampson, Executive Chairman and CEO, Opportunity Hub

Opportunity Hub was one of the first African
American-based business accelerator. Based in
Atlanta, GA, Sampson is one of the leaders at the
intersection of technology, entrepreneurship and
social change. Sampson is a national leader in
working with urban-based innovators and


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Will Ginsberg - President and CEO The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Community Foundations have grown increasingly
interested in promoting entrepreneurship,
particularly in stressed communities, as a method of
addressing societal problems that have been at the
core of their missions. Ginsberg as president and
CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater
New Haven will address the foundation’s role in
promoting entrepreneurial infrastructure in Greater
New Haven.

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Richard Blumenthal U.S. Senator / Connecticut

Richard Blumenthal is serving his second term as a
United States Senator from the State of Connecticut.
Senator Blumenthal served an unprecedented five terms
as Connecticut’s Attorney General, fighting for people
against large and powerful special interests. His
aggressive law enforcement for consumer protection,
environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal
privacy has helped reshape the role of state attorneys
general nationwide, and resulted in the recovery of
hundreds of millions of dollars for Connecticut taxpayers
and consumers each year.

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2021 Pitch Competition Winners

Pitch competition helps students transform ideas into reality

The People’s United Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is happy to announce the winners of the 2021 PUCIE Pitch Competition. Our first-place winner was MSK Curbsider. MSK Curbsider founders, Samuel Oduwole, Miguel Arasa, Pranav Warman, and Greg Pereira, presented their web application designed to help emergency room physicians treat patients with muscular skeletal complaints. Mckenna Haz and her company SEAAV Athletics was the second-place winner. SEAAV was founded in 2019 as a student start-up, with a vision to make a sustainable athletic line made from recycled material. SEEAV is committed to raising awareness and funding to keep our oceans clean. Our final winner was Isaac Burtis with Springtide. Springtide grows ocean kelp in Maine. Adam's family owns an oyster company, Ferda Farms, also in Maine.

On behalf of the entire Quinnipiac Community, we thank our judges:

  • Michael Harris, New Haven Innovation Collaborative Executive Director
  • Michael Casparino, People’s United Bank Retail President Hamden, CT
  • Anthony Price, Loot Scout Founder

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