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UMass Lowell Innovation Hub's Clean Green Challenge

April 4, 2024
4:00 - 8:00 PM

UMass Lowell Innovation Hub
110 Canal Street 3rd Floor
Lowell, MA 01852

Join Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds for an exciting in-person pitch competition highlighting innovations in greentech and sustainable technology at the Clean Green Challenge: Round 3.

The Clean Green Challenge is a competition dedicated to bringing together entrepreneurs, industry experts, and investors to advance new ideas in sustainability-related technologies. The event will feature entrepreneurs developing solutions related to recycled materials and safer chemicals. Finalists are selected, through a competitive process, to pitch their innovations to a panel of investors at the final pitch and networking event taking place on April 4th. 

Come network with other members of the sustainability community, including Casella Waste Systems, SiShield, Emerson IPA, Concerto Biosciences, AOTCO, and UMass Lowell professors and researchers.

Keith Wood, Counsel at Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, will moderate the Fireside Chat with the esteemed Forbes 30 Under 30 keynote speaker David Zamarin, Founder & CEO of advanced materials company DetraPel. David’s accolades include Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Boston’s 25 Under 25 by BostInno, winner of the 2022 U.S. SBA’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and contestant on Season 9 of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank!


4:00 pm: Check-in & networking
5:00 pm: Welcome remarks
5:10 – 6:30pm: Pitch presentations
6:30 – 7:00pm: Keynote with David Zamarin (Moderated by Keith Wood)
7:00 pm: Prize announcements
7:00 – 8:00 pm: Networking and program close

Fireside Chat Speakers

David Zamarin, DetraPel

David Zamarin is the Founder & CEO of advanced materials company, DetraPel. DetraPel is the parent company of brands, Impermea Materials and Proof+. Impermea Materials manufactures PFAS-free bio-based barrier coatings that enable extraordinary performance for ordinary materials. Impermea’s fully repulpable, recyclable, and biodegradable materials allow for paper to replace plastic packaging, providing best-in-class oil & grease protection, moisture vapor transmission barrier, release properties, heat sealability, and more. The company also creates conformal coatings for electronics, and stain-resistant, fire-retardant, UV-resistant, and particulate-blocking coatings for textiles all with the mission of replacing carcinogenic PFAS chemistries currently used today in almost every product. Proof+ is the consumer brand focused on ridding everyday household products from carcinogenic PFAS chemicals and was seen on Season 9 of ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.

Learn more about David HERE
Learn more about DetraPel HERE


Keith Wood, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

Keith is a trusted advisor in intellectual property matters both in the U.S. and abroad, with over 20 years of experience with focus on patent prosecution and Inter Partes Review (IPR) Proceedings.

With a background in Physics from Harvard, Keith is a seasoned patent prosecutor. Keith draws on his technical and legal expertise gained in patent prosecution to provide insightful understanding of issues in IP litigation and administrative proceedings.

Keith assists clients to obtain patent rights worldwide, managing large patent portfolios and creating consistent strategies across multiple jurisdictions. He has successfully counseled clients in multiple IPR proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He advises clients including start-ups, universities, and companies of all sizes with building strategic patent portfolios.

Learn more about Keith HERE
Learn more about HBSR HERE