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i2 Passport Student Debt Seminar - Open to Students

Monday, April 24, 2017 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Training Room at UNHInnovation, 21 Madbury Road, Durham

*1,500 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

Financing a college education often involves an investment in yourself:  student loans.  But making that investment is the easy part.  There are often many choices available, although choosing the right investment option is a bit more difficult.  Choosing a wise strategy to limit this investment to only the amount truly needed is the first step.  Understanding the various repayment options available to you when you finish your education is just as important.

During this session, participants will learn:

  • How to make wise loan choices
  • Credit and its impact on your future
  • Pros and cons to loan repayment
  • Opportunities to reduce the total interest paid over the life of loan repayment
  • Options to keep repayment affordable
  • Steps to take in order to stay on track during repayment
  • What to do if you have trouble repaying your loans
  • Evaluation strategies for student loan debt consolidation

Joel Carstens is the Director of Financial Aid at UNH.  Joel has more than 20 years of experience assisting students with educational financing.  Prior to starting at UNH in August 2016, he served in financial aid leadership roles within several aid offices, including two Ivy League institutions.  In addition, Joel has student loan experience, based on his work with both the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and Norwest Student Loans.

UNHInnovation Wildcatalyst Seminar Series - Open to All

The Wildcatalyst Seminar Series, hosted monthly during the academic year, is open to all and designed to be a meeting place for innovators, entrepreneurs, service providers, and anyone else interested in how the innovations of today represent the information and opportunities of tomorrow.

Date: Typically the fourth Thursday of every month. More information can be found on the Wildcatalyst Seminar Series website

Alpha Loft Events - Open to All

Alpha Loft at the ECenter hosts several events in their ECenter location all academic year!

Please contact for any additional information on Alpha Loft events. A full listing of Alpha Loft events at all their locations can be found here

Founders Series

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 5:30pm | Alpha Loft at the ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Durham

*500 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

Alpha Loft's Founders Series gives attendees the opportunity to learn from the experience of others. Each event will feature startup founders who’ve been on the startup journey. You’ll hear about their journey through the craziness that is founding a startup, including how they worked through obstacles, what milestones they achieved, how they caught their big break, and lessons learned along the way. The Alpha Loft team will moderate the conversation and then open things up for questions from the audience.

Meet the Founders

Charles Denault III, Founder & CEO of Simple Charters, Inc

Charles Denault Charles Denault III, founder and CEO of SimpleCharters, is an active pilot and leading expert on the on-demand air charter marketplace. SimpleCharters is the worldwide leader in online, on-demand air charters.

Jay McSharry, Serial Entrepreneur & Real Estate Developer

McSharry, a prolific restaurateur, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1990. Nearly a decade after graduating, McSharry returned to NH’s Seacoast to fulfill his vision and open Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café. Building on the restaurant’s success, McSharry went on to open numerous establishments in the region, including Dos Amigos, Moxy, Vida Cantina, White Heron Tea & Coffee and The Franklin Oyster House. Other endeavors include Mr. Fox composting,, and real estate development.

A vision for a vibrant Portsmouth has always gone hand in hand with McSharry’s image of a successful restaurant. Serving on the boards of Share our Strength Seacoast and the Greater Seacoast Chamber of Commerce early on, McSharry revitalized the “Taste of the Nation Hunger Relief Gala” and helped create “Restaurant Week Portsmouth.”

Throughout his career, McSharry has remained committed to conservation and environmental issues. All of his establishments use a composting system to keep unnecessary waste out of traditional landfills, and Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café features solar-powered hot water panels. His seafood restaurants participate in the Coastal Conservation Association of NH’s oyster shell recycling program, an initiative created to ensure that local oyster populations have beds to thrive in.

Giving back to the community that has given him so much continues to be important to McSharry, and was a driving factor in him receiving the award. He and his restaurant partners are loyal supporters of The Music Hall, Discover Portsmouth Center, Strawbery Banke Museum’s Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. An active supporter of his alma mater, McSharry established the Jay McSharry Diversity Scholarship Fund at UNH in 2009


Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 5:30pm | Alpha Loft at the ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Durham

Alpha Loft's Hoopla is a gathering of entrepreneurs, creatives, and technical masterminds. We combine the many doers, makers, and innovators in one place to foster great collisions of people, ideas and talent. Carve out an evening every month to hang out and talk all things tech, entrepreneurship, and creative in New Hampshire. Hoopla is a place to share the crazy stories of startups, projects, clients, inspiration, new tech and more. Enjoy a beverage and snacks, hang out with your peers, and relax. No fuss. Just a whole lot of Hoopla.

Registration information from Alpha Loft.  

Launch Series

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 5:30pm | Alpha Loft at the ECenter, 21 Madbury Road, Durham

*500 Visa Stamp Credits for i2 Passport

Alpha Loft's Launch Series features educational presentations on valuable topics for startups and early stage companies. Each talk, presented by an expert from the field, focuses on issues that impact starting and growing a company. Launch Series is a great opportunity to learn from experts and get answers to your pressing questions.

Registration information from Alpha Loft