About Us

UNH ECenter

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 UNHInnovation is the Cubex Coworking Space, an incubator/accelerator that also offers 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!

The ECenter also includes a student-run Makerspace, which has 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, a DATRON Neo CNC milling machine, 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.

The student-run organization, the Entrepreneurship Club (ICE), calls 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 heather.macneill@unh.edu

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. 

UNH Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) (11/01/2018)

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Ian Grant

Executive Director, Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center

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.

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Heather MacNeill, '07, '20G

Senior Program Manager

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

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.

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Marc Sedam

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

Marc Sedam is the founding director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center.

Marc’s vision was for the ECenter to transform 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. 

The ECenter would not be here without him! 

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Peter T. Paul

We are grateful for funding from Peter T. Paul  (’67) 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

Wildcatalysts Network

We are appreciative for the financial support of programs and projects from the Wildcatalysts Network (WCN) .  The WCN is a growing group of alumni 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. Check out the Wildcatalysts Network Page to learn more!