About the ECenter


ABOUT THE UNH ECENTER

The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, known around campus as the 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 its doors in UNHInnovation at Madbury Commons.

Our Story

The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) at the University of New Hampshire is the co-curricular heart of ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship on campus. It’s open to all students from any college or major. Our goal at the ECenter is to foster the next generation of leaders with an entrepreneurial mind-set who can see opportunities and identify creative solutions that others have missed, one idea at a time. Although part of  UNH, the ECenter is independent of any one college. The ECenter delivers unique, hands-on, experiential programming that inspires, nurtures, and mentors students from any major, at every step in the process, anywhere from idea growth and development to the fundamentals of company creation.

The ECenter operates as a start-up in an academic environment, and most programs are donor funded. Led by a proven serial entrepreneur, we are demonstrating significant success throughout the UNH student community. Being co-curricular means we are able to complement what all UNH students are learning in every classroom on campus. ECenter programs include the i2 Passport Program, Paid Student Internship at Start-Ups Program, Summer Seed Grant, Maurice Prize for Innovation, Start-Up Speaker Series, bootcamps, and hackathons. We’re also home to the Idea & Innovation Society, the student-run Makerspace, and the UNH Entrepreneurship Club, a student-led organization housed within the ECenter, and our annual UNH Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame launched in 2018.

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MEET THE ECENTER TEAM

Ian Grant
Executive Director, Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center

 

Ian Grant Headshot

ian.grant@unh.edu
603-862-5470
21 Madbury Road, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824


Ian Grant is the first director of the newly established Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at the University of New Hampshire.  He brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and innovation experience to the University that directly benefits entrepreneurial understanding and growth for students, faculty, and alumni.

Ian co-founded/founded three companies (bootstrapped and venture backed), all of which were acquired, and he led innovation projects within large Fortune 500 corporate environments. He speaks often of drawing upon a critical “tool box of knowledge” that was acquired as a result multiple leadership roles including CEO, chief operating officer, VP of marketing, business development, and sales (trenches and managing), and from work in a variety of industries including commercial real estate, customer loyalty, organic products, career and HR technology/services, higher education internet-based products/services, and healthcare.

Ian’s start-up companies included VillageGenie.com, where he was CEO (acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison/Adecco), Hotchili Technology, and PlanetResume.com/MTS-Group (both merged with Careershop.com and acquired by Personnel Group of America). In addition, he was involved with the early stage company Pure Barnyard Lawn & Garden Products (Cockadoodle-DOO brand) as COO and head of marketing.  Within corporate innovation, he worked for the Sodexo subsidiary, Circles, focusing on American Express’ Centurion/Platinum card member loyalty through its concierge service as the executive director of product and marketing and executive director of innovation.

His entrepreneurial success and involvement with non-profits led the Boston Business Journal to select Ian from more than 300 nominees for its “Top 40 Under 40” award in 2001. Ian Grant graduated with a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. Ian studied and lived in Kenya, East Africa, and served on the boards of non-profits supporting education of the Maasai people. He is conversational in Swahili.

Heather MacNeill, '07, '20G
Senior Program Manager

 

Heather Headshot

 

heather.macneill@unh.edu
603-862-4959
21 Madbury Road, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824

 

Heather MacNeill is the Senior Program Manager of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter). In her role, Heather leads the planning, delivery, and evaluation of the i2 Passport Program, Paid Student Internship at Start-ups Program, and the Summer Seed Grant. She also manages outreach efforts with UNH students and faculty and has recently started outreach to high schools as well. Heather is the advisor to the Makerspace at the ECenter and manages the ECenter Student Ebassadors (our fun word for ambassadors). Heather came to UNH in March 2016 after five years of program planning and delivery at Harvard Business School. She graduated from UNH (COLA) with a B.A. in English in 2007 and earned her Master of Public Administration degree from UNH (Carsey School of Public Policy) in May 2020.

Allison Bell, '13G, '16G
Associate Program Manager

 

 

allison.bell@unh.edu
603-862-0349
21 Madbury Road, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824

 

Allison Bell is the Associate Program Manager of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at the University of New Hampshire. She joins the ECenter with a decade of experience in higher education program support. Most recently, she was a Senior Event Specialist in the Office of Alumni Relations, where she worked with regional networks across the country to develop and execute events and engagement strategies. Allison earned her BA in English Language and Literature from Central Washington University in 2010 and earned an MA in English Literature and an MFA in Writing from UNH in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Travis Thompson

Director of Development

 

 

travis.thompson@unh.edu
603.862.3061
21 Madbury Road, Suite 101
Durham, NH 03824

 

Travis Thompson joined UNH in July 2020 as the Director of Development. He is located within UNH Advancement and works with the ECenter team to cultivate relationships with alumni, corporate sponsors, and friends of UNH who are interested in supporting student ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

 

ECenter Student Interns

Leah Minnucci '23
Paul College of Business and Economics

Hailley Simpson '22
Paul College of Business and Economics

 

Daniel McCarthy '22
College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

More ECenter Videos

Check out our YouTube page to see videos clips from our Makerspace, Summer Seed Grant presentations, Paid Student Internship at Start-ups Program student video blogs, and the power of entrepreneurship at UNH. 

Special Thanks

Heather Headshot Peter T. Paul

We are grateful to Peter T. Paul ('67) for providing the initial funding to launch the Entrepreneurship Center at UNH.  Paul has a long commitment to education at the University including a $25 million gift in 2008 to build a new business college named the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Paul is the CEO of Headlands Asset Management LLC, an investment management company he founded in 2008. In addition, he is the owner of West Biofuels, a research and development venture, and Peter Paul Wines. He is also chairman of The Headlands Foundation, a nonprofit organization he founded in 1995.

In 1986, Paul founded Headlands Mortgage Company. It became one of the premier wholesale lending institutions in the country, specializing in originating, selling, securitizing, and servicing residential mortgage loans. After leading Headlands through a successful IPO in February of 1998, Paul negotiated its merger with GreenPoint Financial in 1999.

Marc Sedam

Associate Vice Provost for Innovation & New Ventures and Managing Director of UNHInnovation

Marc Sedam is the vision behind the ECenter, transforming the study and creation of ideas into the practice of bringing those ideas into the world through ideation, creativity, and company formation. By supporting the technology opportunities coming out of UNH Research and providing the hub for students, faculty, and staff to learn and understand about all things entrepreneurial, the ECenter will be a successful part of the culture at UNH - and it would not exist without him!

ECenter Support Network

We are appreciative for the financial support of programs and projects from the ECenter Support Network. The ECenter Support Network is a growing group of alumni, business leaders, and friends of UNH helping to build the entrepreneurial culture and experience at UNH for students, faculty/staff, and alumni through program development at the ECenter with financial support, personal mentoring, network introductions, and engagement.

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