Innovation Summit Co-Chairs:

Matt Benson, Partner

Marc Eichenberger    

Can’t attend all day? You can pop into our onsite coworking space to catch up on emails or make a call.

The coworking space is sponsored by:


9:45am – Registration Opens

10:15am – 10:30am – Welcome Remarks – Granite Ballroom

10:30am – 11:05 am – Keynote Presentation  – Sponsored by

  • Kedar Gupta, Serial Entrepreneur
Kedar's Bio

Dr. Kedar Gupta is a clean technology expert specializing in solar energy and renewables. An engineer-turned-entrepreneur, Kedar started his corporate career working for many industry leaders, including Monsanto, Cincinnati Milacron, and Ferrofluidics. In 1994, Kedar co-founded GT Equipment (later called GT Solar) and built a global clean technology business from the ground up, becoming one of the leaders in the solar industry. Riding the wave of an unabating entrepreneurial fire, Kedar co-founded five companies, including ARC Energy, in 2007 to develop innovative technologies for a sustainable environment. Kedar received numerous awards and recognitions for his visionary contributions, including the 1998 New Hampshire High Tech Council Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the 2005 National Small Business Exporter of the Year Award by EXIM Bank, and the 2006 High Tech All-Star by Mass High Tech Magazine. Now retired, Kedar supports budding entrepreneurs and is involved in philanthropy. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and relishes spending time with his children and grandchildren.


11:05am – 11:40am – AI Redefining Business – Sponsored by

  • Valentine Goddard, Founder & Executive Director, AI Impact Alliance.  Member of the Advisory Council on AI of Canada and a United Nations expert in AI Policy and Governance.

Valentine's Bio

Valentine Goddard is a member of the Advisory Council on AI of Canada and a United Nations expert in AI Policy and Governance. Lawyer, certified mediator and inter-arts curator, Ms. Goddard is the founder and executive director of AI Impact Alliance, an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate a responsible implementation of AI, and accelerate the achievement of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Under her leadership, the AI Impact Alliance proudly stands as a founding member of both the International Observatory on the Ethical and Social Impact of AI (OBVIA) and the Responsible AI Consortium. She is the lead architect of the AI on a Social Mission Conference, a respected international conference on the impacts of AI, as well as the Art Impact AI programs, which position the arts’ critical role in the future of AI and democracy. Ms. Goddard provides expertise on emerging regulatory frameworks on AI and Data, and on the anticipatory foresight of their socioeconomic implications. She delivers thought-provoking programs that bridge civic engagement and knowledge mobilization with policy innovation. Among her notable works, she has convened an inaugural international expert group on gender equality and climate in digital economies, delivering policy relevant to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; researched the socio-legal feasibility of oceanographic data trusts for fisheries; developed an interactive data annotation application to combat bias which has since engaged women across 40+ countries, and provided expertise on the impact of social media on Indigenous communities. This mandate contributed to the improvement of a hate detection algorithm and to the establishment of best practices in data annotation. In 2023, she was honoured with Mozilla’s Creative Media Award. With collaborators from AI Impact Alliance’s global network, she supports organizations in their adoption of AI with a focus on the social and regulatory implications.

11:40am – 12:10pm – Exploring the Challenges of Innovating in New Hampshire

Moderator: Jeff Chu, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Features Capital

12:10pm – 12:25pm – Presentation of the 2023 Entrepreneur of the Year AwardCarleton Dufoe, Founder & CEO, NewPower

12:25pm – 1:10pm – Lunch – Granite Ballroom

1:10pm – 1:40pm –  Fostering Innovation While Managing AI Ethical Considerations and Challenges

Choose your track

Artificial Intelligence Track

Track 1 is Sponsored by

Granite Ballroom

1:45pm – 2:30pm – AI and the Candidate and Employee Experience

Moderator: Barbara Marchetti, President, C-suite Corp, Co-Chair of the NHTA Workforce Development Committee


2:30pm – 3:15pm – Cybersecurity for the AI Revolution 

Mike DelSanto, Information Security Program Manager, Mainstay Technologies

Startup Track

Track 2 is Sponsored by:

Pierce Room

1:45pm – 2:30pm – Success Stories: Insights from Entrepreneurs on Their Exit Journey

Moderator: Dr. Sophia Koustas, Southern New Hampshire University


Jason Walker's Bio

Jason has over 20 years of robotics leadership roles that range from managing QA and testing for iRobot’s Roomba to co-founding CyPhy Works, a revolutionary tethered drone company. Most recently, Jason was Co-founder and CEO of Waypoint Robotics, a leading provider of heavy payload capacity, omnidirectional AMRs, that was acquired by Locus in 2021. Jason is a life-long roboticist and has won many awards, accolades, and patents for various robot-related technologies. Jason is using his vast knowledge and experience to propel Locus into new opportunities.

  • James St. Jean, Repeat entrepreneur, CTO, VP Engineering, Board member, Semi-Retired

James St. Jean's Bio

James St. Jean is an NH-based technology entrepreneur and software executive. He was a founder or co-founder of five NH-based software companies since 1995, four of which proceeded to successful exits. The buyers included Meltwater, Zywave, and Chordiant/Pega Systems, which eventually brought hundreds of jobs to New Hampshire. He also held multiple senior executive roles at these and other firms throughout his career. He currently serves as a board member for Northeast Delta Dental and Associated Grocers of New England.


2:30pm – 3:15pm – How Leadership Changes as your Company Grows

Moderator:  Hunter Steadly, Investment Advisor, Lake Street Advisors


3:15pm – 3:45pm – Networking Coffee Break

General Session – Granite Ballroom

3:45pm – 4:15pm – Startup Showcase – Hear 5-minutes pitches from 5 early stage startups from right here in New Hampshire.

Moderated by Emily Penaskovic, Corporate Attorney, Sheehan Phinney

4:15pm – 4:55pm – Embracing AI in your Business

Moderator: Kholekile L. Gwebu, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

5:00pm – 6:00pm – Cocktail Reception – Sponsored by: