'Disruptivators' set for April 11 event
Six New Hampshire entrepreneurs who practice "disruptive innovation" will headline Disruptivate! 2012, a daylong conference organized by the New Hampshire Innovation Commercialization Center.The event will be held Wednesday, April 11, at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel in New Castle.Selected by a panel of experts, the "Top Six Disruptivators to Watch in 2012" are each applying innovative technologies to disrupt big markets across a range of industries.Each "disruptivator" will give a short presentation on his ideas and entrepreneurial challenges during the conference's morning session. They include: • Peter Antoinette, co-founder and CEO of Nanocomp Technologies, Concord, producer of the world's strongest and most conductive materials made from carbon nanotubes • Doug Clark, founder and CEO of NEF Manufacturing, Durham, an engineering and manufacturing startup attempting to revolutionize footwear manufacturing • Jeffrey Carlisle, founder and CEO of Our Health Connector, Stratham, a Web-based platform that allows consumers to build and control their own patient-centered medical records • Rob Graybill, senior partner at Compass Healthcare Advisors, Bedford, a software system that rewards consumers for seeking out health treatment based on transparent and accurate cost information • Jeffrey Vocell, co-founder and director of product development at Trendslide, Manchester, a mobile business intelligence solution that puts critical information in the palm of users' hands • Ryan Zarick, co-founder and chief technology officer of Buzzdraft.com, Dover, an online platform for fantasy sports that engrosses users in a data-driven game experience and offers cash rewards for winningThe conference will also feature several keynote speakers, including University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston and entrepreneur Les Otten, among others. There also will be four breakout sessions, on the topics of lean startups, business plans and models, branding and marketing and raising and exiting.The conference -- which is presented in partnership with the UNH Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization, the New Hampshire High Tech Council and the abi Innovation Hub -- is sponsored by Comcast Business Class, Pierce Atwood LLP, Network NH Now and media sponsor NHBR.For more information about the conference or to purchase tickets, which cost $119, visit disruptivate.biz. Use coupon code "NHBR" for $10 off.