The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) was funded in early 2015 and officially launched in November 2015 with the hiring of its first director, Ian Grant. In January 2016, the ECenter opened in the UNHInnovation wing of Madbury Commons.
The ECenter is part of the overall vision of Marc Sedam, Associate Vice Provost of Innovation and New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation.
About the ECenter
The ECenter is intentionally independent of any one college on campus. We are here for all students, faculty/staff, and alumni. The ECenter’s goal is to continue building the positive and supportive idea/innovation/entrepreneurial culture by creating various opportunities for engagement through new co-curricular programming, as well as supporting existing academic, student, university, and independent initiatives.
We support any stage of idea and start-up development in any discipline or industry, from technology, to social entrepreneurship, to consumer products, and everything in between!
Within the ECenter there is the Alpha Loft, an incubator/accelerator that also offers co-working zones and storage for students to work on projects.
The ECenter also includes a student-run Makerspace, which has 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, an industrial sewing machine, electronic parts/pieces, a soldering station, and a wide variety of tools for all UNH students to experiment with their ideas and build prototypes.
In the summer of 2016, we launched the Caffeinator Coffee Bar at the ECenter. The smooth and refreshing nitro cold brew coffee is from alumni entrepreneur Connor Roelke's NOBL Coffee. The ECenter is proud to support this alumni venture, and the cold brew coffee is the perfect caffeine source for busy entrepreneurs!
Student-run organizations, the Entrepreneurship Club (ICE) and TechX, call the ECenter home for their weekly club meetings.
If you're in a student club and you want to hold a meeting at the ECenter, contact Program Manager Heather MacNeill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our YouTube page to see videos clips from our Makerspace, Summer Seed Grant 2016 presentations by RAIDX and Project OASIS, and the power of entrepreneurship at UNH.