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People's United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Open House,  President of People’s United Bank-Jeff Tengel and Center Director Fred McKinney.

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The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship strives to support the determination and goals of students and entrepreneurs at Quinnipiac. It is the ideal creative space to dream up, research and turn great ideas into viable business solutions with the potential to go to market.

Putting entrepreneurial spirit into practice

Businessman, philanthropist and Quinnipiac trustee Carlton Highsmith believes that the great equalizer in American society consists of equal parts education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Thanks to the support of Quinnipiac’s nationally recognized School of Business and our partnership with People’s United Bank, we are able to fully realize that vision.

The People’s United Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship is a versatile and collaborative incubator for students, staff and faculty across Quinnipiac’s 8 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue their original entrepreneurial ventures. The center taps into the expertise and advanced research capabilities of experienced business professionals. It provides advisory services and workshops in legal, finance, research, marketing, design, business plan development and start-up mentoring, as well as access to business capital.

Our team consists of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, alumni mentors and other friends of the university. Each of us shares both the entrepreneurial spirit and a commitment to making the center the ideal space for tackling each phase in the lifecycle of an idea, from brainstorming to meeting potential investors.

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.


View the reocorded event here

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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PUCIE Research Award Program

Two PUCIE research awards will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 each, to support faculty and/or student research that aligns with the PUCIE mission. To apply, please submit your application using the Microsoft Forms below by Monday, May 17, 2021 at 5 p.m. Award applications will be reviewed and decisions announced by Thursday, June 1, 2021. Late submissions will not be considered.

Requirements and Submission Form


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

View a recording of the event here

Contact Us

Fred Warren McKinney

Carlton Highsmith Chair Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dir of the People's United Cntr for Innov & Entrepreneurship

Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy

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