The University of Bridgeport will present Peter Clarke, CEO and founder of Product Ventures, with a Lifetime Achievement award on Saturday, April 28 for his lasting and innovative impact in the field of design.

University President Neil Albert Salonen also will present Clarke ’90, who is an alumnus of the Industrial Design program at UB’s Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, with an Alumni Chair.

Clarke founded Product Ventures ( in 1994 when he was 29. Unable to get a bank loan at the time, he used more than one dozen credit cards to buy necessary design supplies, regularly worked until 3 a.m., and asked a friend to drive him to client meetings so he could catch up on sleep while he built his business.

Today, the Fairfield, CT-based firm has close to 50 employees and has designed products and packaging for many of the world’s best-known brands including Heinz, Folgers, Duracell and Febreze, among many others. His work was recently featured in the New York Times (“From Drumrolls to Designs”).
Media contacts:
Leslie Geary
University of Bridgeport
(203) 576-4625,

Barbara Marks
Product Ventures