Hands-on bootcamps are geared towards critical entrepreneurial aspects. Facilitators are both internal and external to UNH. Open to UNH students only. 

Bootcamp: Idea Creation - Sponsored by the Wildcatalysts Network

Monday, February 20 & Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | MUB Theater II

*4,000 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport for attending both days! 1,000 Visa Stamp Credits if only the first day is attended.

“Creativity, Innovative Thinking, and Problem Solving”

  • Presenter: Dev Dutta
  • Presentation followed by hands on workshop interaction

Day One

In this first module of the boot camp, we will focus on the big question: Are highly creative individuals born or made?

We will take up two cases – famous artist, mathematician and inventor from Italian Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci, and famous American scientist and inventor Thomas Edison – and understand the strategies they adopted to function as extremely creative and innovative individuals.

All participants will also carry out self-diagnostic tests to assess their personal creative profile and interpret the results, which will help them to further enhance their creativity and innovative thinking.

Day Two

In this second and final module of the bootcamp, we will discuss how entrepreneurs take up societal problems requiring creative solutions and convert them into entrepreneurial opportunities. We will cover the basics of entrepreneurial opportunity design and testing by introducing the Lean Startup Method, which has been adopted by many highly successful entrepreneurs.

The bootcamp is open to students from all backgrounds and majors, and especially individuals in the early stages of their undergraduate education.

Be prepared to work over two interactive, fun evenings to develop a solid foundation on entrepreneurial thinking and problem-solving.

Laptops/tablets will be needed for the bootcamp as there will be some hands-on work to do.

Dev Dutta is an Associate Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire. Dev brings with him over fifteen years of academic research experience in strategic management, entrepreneurship, and international business. Dev's research has been published in top-tier entrepreneurship research journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing and Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. He has also presented his research widely at national and international conferences, and won several best paper awards at these conferences.

Ian Grant






                Dev Dutta

Bootcamp: Legal Basics - Sponsored by the Wildcatalysts Network & the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | MUB Theater II

*1,000 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

"The Legal Basics: A First-timer’s Kit" 

  • Presenters: Jamie Baker and Jon Gelchinsky, Pierce Atwood Law Firm, Portsmouth, NH
  • Presentation followed by hands on workshop interaction
  • Food/beverages available

You have an idea…now what? 

You will learn:

  • About options on how to form for-profit, non-profit, or social ventures (and the roles of various stakeholders from owners to boards of directors)
  • What documents are important from NDAs to term sheets
  • How to protect your idea and more

Jamie serves as general corporate counsel for emerging, later-stage, and publicly-traded companies throughout their life cycle. Jamie represents buyers, sellers, issuers, investors, and underwriters in private placements, mergers, acquisitions, and public offerings. He also advises publicly traded clients with respect to compliance and reporting obligations under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  He has been engaged by numerous startups and entrepreneurs in connection with formation and capital raising activities.

    Jamie Baker

Jon specializes in managing and advising on the global trademark portfolios of highly successful, leading businesses of all sizes. His diverse trademark practice ranges from counseling clients on the selection of new trademarks, clearance searching, U.S. and international prosecution, and licensing, to enforcement, oppositions, and litigation. He also assists clients with the protection, enforcement, and licensing of copyrights. Over the past 16 years, Jon has represented a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including consumer products, musical instruments, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, computer software and hardware, online media, telecommunications, publishing, education, motorcycles, and heavy machinery. He has also been engaged by numerous startups, entrepreneurs, and early-stage companies in intellectual property matters.

  Jon Gelchinsky

This Bootcamp is hosted in partnership with the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

Bootcamp: Funding Your Idea - Sponsored by the Wildcatalysts Network

Monday, April 17, 2017 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | MUB Theater II

*1,000 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

"Funding Your Idea… Understand the Options from Crowd Sourcing to Venture Capital"

  • Presenter: Gray Chynoweth, Managing Member of 10X Venture Partners
  • Presentation followed by hands on workshop interaction
  • Food/beverages available

There are an absolutely huge number of things to think about when you are in the early stage of a new venture.  The bad news is there is no way you can learn from a lecture or a book about how to tackle them all effectively.  The good news is, you don't have to (though there are some GREAT books and blogs/podcasts out there).  The best approach is to just get in there and start trying to make your product or service and start selling it to customers.  In covering the six bullet points below, Gray will give some insight based on his experience about things to think about when raising money early on in your company's lifecycle.

You will learn:

  • The difference between a consultant, an investor, and an employee when it comes to compensation 
  • Mantaining a "clean" cap table
  • What angel investors (as opposed to others) are usually "looking for" in an investment 
  • Angel groups vs. crowd funding vs. angel platforms 
  • Convertible debt vs. SAFE agreements vs. priced equity
  • The right way to use lawyers 
  • Pricing consideration in early rounds  

Gray Chynoweth is an experienced startup executive, adviser and investor and integral member of New Hampshire’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. His operational experience includes raising more than 38 million in venture funding, scaling companies and organizations from zero to more than 400 employees and leading more than 10 acquisitions. His advising and investing experience includes acting as informal adviser, board member and investor for more than a dozen companies in areas as diverse as SaaS, banking and organic agriculture. As a founder of the NH Startup Challenge, a founding investor in TechOut, a leading force behind the combination of organizations that formed the AlphaLoft and a mentor for young entrepreneurs at the Nantucket Conference, he has been a key driver in fostering New Hampshire’s startup ecosystem.

Gray Chynoweth

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1548011

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.