Soteria Solutions, a business spun out of research conducted at the University of NH in Durham, was featured at the University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Showcase in Washington, D.C. on April 10.
Hosted by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Universities, the event spotlights 20 startup companies from across the nation that have created products and services using federally funded, university-based research.
Soteria Solutions is UNH’s first female-founded research-based startup and a spinoff of the university’s Prevention Innovation Research Center (PIRC). It provides training, consultation and implementation of proven prevention and response strategies to sexual and interpersonal violence and harassment. PIRC is internationally recognized for its collaborative research and community engagement focusing on sexual and relationship violence and stalking prevention and response. PIRC is led by Sharyn Potter, professor of sociology, and Jane Stapleton; they are also the co-founders of Soteria Solutions, which was launched to expand PIRC’s academic work.
“Path-breaking research is fundamental to the mission of public universities,” says APLU President McPherson. “Strong federal investment in university-based research is essential for our nation because that research provides the foundation for the development of new technologies that save lives, make us more secure, improve our quality of life, and power our economy forward."