UNH Schools & Institutes with Entrepreneurial Focus

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is nationally recognized for its research, policy education, and engagement. The school takes on the pressing issues of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions.

The Center for Family Business started in 1993 with a mission to offer services, programs, and information to entrepreneurial families. The Center aims to make and keep family businesses throughout Northern New England successful.

The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise (CSIE) offers innovative pedagogy, applied research, and meaningful engagement opportunities for students and faculty from across UNH in “social innovation” — the application of market-based and cross-sector strategies to develop sustainable, scalable solutions to societal problems.  As a joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy, this interdisciplinary Center is and contributes to the growing field of social innovation by working at the nexus of individual entrepreneurs and business models (traditionally the domain of business schools) with public policy and systemic change (traditionally the domain of policy schools) in their research, teaching, and practice. CSIE hosts the Social Venture Innovation Challenge, as well as the Social Innovator of the Year Award.

The Center for Venture Research is a multidisciplinary research unit of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. The Center's principal area of expertise is in the study of early stage equity financing for high growth ventures. The Center for Venture Research, since its inception in 1984, has undertaken and published numerous studies in the area of early-stage equity financing of entrepreneurial ventures. The Center has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, National Public Radio, NHPTV's NH Outlook, and has been quoted in several publications including, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, Red Herring, Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Financial Times. In addition, the Center has presented its research in academic and practitioner forums in the United States, Asia, Australia and Europe, in testimony before Congressional Committees, and in briefings for several government agencies and scholars from the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, Asia and Africa.

The College of Health and Human Services believes in the important work they do in educating UNH students, and its positive impact on the university, the broader community, and the citizens of New Hampshire.  CHHS’ Department of Recreation Management and Policy is proud to offer the Northeast Passage program, a non-profit organization that provides innovative solutions for children, adults, and military veterans with disabilities.

The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, a major research institute at the University of New Hampshire, strives to ensure all students have the opportunity to engage in research in their undergraduate years.

The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (that’s us!) aka The ECenter, is located in the UNHInnovation wing of Madbury Commons. Intentionally independent of any one college on campus, we are here for all students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. The ECenter’s goal is to continue building the positive and supportive ideas/innovation/entrepreneurial culture. We create various opportunities for engagement through new co-curricular programming, as well as supporting existing academic, student, university, and independent initiatives.

The Rosenberg International Franchise Center aims to explore and advance the understanding of franchising. The center offers a franchising class for business students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics (HMGT 756 / MKGT 756). The course seeks to educate students in the fundamentals of franchising and covers various topics in franchise management. The Franchise Center has a very clear mission: to produce a broad range of franchise-related research that addresses issues of present and potential future interest, to educate students and entrepreneurs about franchising and business issues relevant to the franchise community, and to stage periodic international symposia allowing for the interaction of academic and business leaders in the field of franchising.

The Thompson School of Applied Science, located within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, has classrooms, laboratories, and working enterprises that are designed for career-related experience under realistic conditions. The Thompson School has 7 degree programs, 9 concentrations and 3 diploma programs