Additional Student Resources

 

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU VALIDATE AND GROW YOUR IDEA

 

The ECenter's resources, databases, and professional networks are here to help you take your idea or business to the next level, no matter where you are in the process. 

Accounting, Legal, Marketing & Product Design

The ECenter corporate partner services listed below have limited hours available to a select number of student start-ups that have proven they are ready for the next steps. To take advantage of these free services, such as accounting, marketing, or product design, start-ups must be vetted to ensure they are ready to proceed and approved by the ECenter. Requests for service must be directed to e.center@unh.edu.

  •  Weidma, Lavin, grott accounting, pc

WLGA is a certified public accounting firm dedicated to providing all our clients with personal attention in every aspect of their financial management. WLGA has generously donated services to UNH students in need of financial counseling for their start-ups.

These services are exclusively available to students. Requests must be directed through the ECenter at e.center@unh.edu.

  •  PAUL REMUS, ATTORNEY

There are open office hours with attorney Paul Remus on Wednesdays from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm. Paul serves in an advisory role at no cost to you, but not as your legal counsel. While his specialty is intellectual property, Paul has a career of knowledge in most legal areas relating to early-stage ideas and ventures.

Available to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Appointment requests can be made directly with Paul at paul.remus@usnh.edu.

  •  PIERCE ATWOOD, LLP

Pierce Atwood, LLP is a full service law firm and their Catalyst Program provides today's growth companies with the skilled legal services they need to become the successful companies of tomorrow. Their team has experience assisting entrepreneurs and start-ups int he following key areas: corporate governance, employee benefits, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, litigation (including patent litigation), securities, and venture capital.

Because Pierce Atwood, LLP is an ECenter corporate sponsor, limited services are available to students free of charge. Requests must be directed through the ECenter at e.center@unh.edu.


  •  DECIDING ON THE LEGAL FORM YOUR BUSINESS SHOULD TAKE

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  •  CatchFire CREATIVE

CatchFire Creative is a Portsmouth, NH and Brooklyn, NY-based full-service creative agency specializing in branding, web design and development, and social media marketing. Founded by a UNH alum, CatchFire provides consulting and productive services to UNH students through the ECenter.

  •  Fishnet Media

Fishnet Media brings the best of both worlds in providing clients with engaging and effective brand experiences. They combine a strategic focus with strong creative skills and a deep knowledge of the technology/business systems to optimize these experiences.

  •  Raka

Raka Creative is a Portsmouth, NH-based award winning digital agency for clients of all sizes.  Founded by a UNH alum during his undergraduate years, Raka provides marketing consulting and productive services to UNH students through the ECenter. In addition, Raka was a sponsor of the 2016 Summer Seed Grant.

  •  SMILE MEDIA

SMILE Media, LLC is a website design, development and digital marketing agency based in Dover, NH. They work with a diverse group of marketing, design and software development staff dedicated to maximizing business performance through progressive thinking, technology efficiencies and analytics.

These services are exclusively available to students at no cost. Requests must be directed through the ECenter at e.center@unh.edu.

  •  goddard technologies, inc

Goddard Technologies, Inc, based in Beverly, Massachusetts, is a leader in product design and engineering in the greater Boston area. Their success is driven by an interdisciplinary development process that combines extensive and diverse engineering experience with manufacturable and creative industrial design solutions. Goddard's unique approach to product development motivates them to provide technical precision while providing new and unique user experiences. They have created many elegant solutions to technical challenges to drive industry success for their clients.

These services are exclusively available to students. Requests must be directed through the ECenter at e.center@unh.edu.

Software

There are two computer stations (one Mac and one PC) in CubeX Coworking Space with the following licensed software available for your use.

  •  Balsamiq

Balsamiq is a rapid wireframing tool that helps you Work Faster & Smarter. It reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard, but using a computer. Use it for websites and phone apps.

  •  PhoneGap

An Adobe app design product, PhoneGap allows users to use existing web development skills to quickly make hybrid applications built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Create experiences for multiple platforms with a single codebase so you can reach your audience no matter their device.

  •  Xamarin

An app design product, build and deliver native Android, iOS, and Windows apps, using existing skills, teams, and code.
 

Interested in other programs? Let us know at e.center@unh.edu.

Other Business Resources

The ECenter is sharing these resources for reference only. We do not receive promotional compensation should you elect to use them, and we assume no liability for results or interactions with these entities.

Business Model Canvas is a strategic management and lean startup template for developing new or documenting existing business models. It is a visual chart with elements describing a firm's or product's value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances. It assists firms in aligning their activities by illustrating potential trade-offs. The nine "building blocks" of the business model design template that came to be called the Business Model Canvas were initially proposed in 2005 by Alexander Osterwalder based on his earlier work on business modelontology. Since the release of Osterwalder's work around 2008, new canvases for specific niches have appeared. (Source: Wikipedia)

UNH has access to amazing resources to help you conduct market research. These resources include, but are not limited to:

Freelance designers for website, logos, marketing materials, and more. Determine your price agreement directly.

  •  PATENT SEARCHING TUTORIAL

Prepared by ECenter Advisory Task Force member Michael McClurken, this patent searching tutorial document is an invaluable resource for start-ups who need a guide to the patent searching process. To further discuss patents, consider utilitzing the services of Paul Remus, outlined in the Legal Resources section above.

Download the PDF

Other Funding Opportunities

The ECenter is sharing these resources for reference only. We do not receive promotional compensation should you elect to use them, and we assume no liability for results or interactions with these entities.

The ECenter is sharing these resources and does not receive any promotional compensation. We also assume no liability for results or interactions with these entities.

  •  10X Venture Partners is a seed stage (and beyond) investment group. They commit operational experience and dollars to their portfolio companies. A typical investment ranges from $50-$500k, but they are capable of larger investments and follow on.  They invest from the idea stage through $5-10 million in revenue, for profitable companies. 10X prefers companies in the New England market.
     
  •  Borealis Ventures partners closely with exceptional entrepreneurs from the earliest stages to build market-defining companies in information technology and life sciences. Borealis is particularly committed to advancing the realm of design and engineering software and has invested for more than a decade in that sector’s most innovative emerging companies in such fields as 3D design, construction management, and data-driven software. Borealis seeks an initial institutional round of financing, including seed funding, and will invest anywhere from $100K to $2.5 million initially with the potential for more over time.
     
  •  eCoast Angel Network's focus is on early-stage companies involved with advanced technology, e-commerce, healthcare, and industrial products and services, principally located in the New Hampshire coastal region. The group is most interested in companies requiring $250K-$2M at pre-money valuations of less than $5M, who have a credible multi-option exit strategy and are led by an experienced core management team.
     
  •  First Run Angels acts a conduit to find and screen business proposals for the investors who specialize in early-stage equity funding.  Once the angel investors take an interest in a company, they work out the terms and conditions of the investment with the business owner.  Investments can include seed money for business start-up or for internal growth and expansion.
     
  •  Harbor Capital Light Partners is a private investment firm seeking to invest in early and growth stage companies located in the Northeast. Their unique approach combines flexible capital and collaborative support to build successful, sustainable operating companies. Harbor Light’s legacy, values, and experience provide the guiding light for superior results.  Harbor Light Capital Partners focuses on investments in the $1-$5M range.
     
  •  IFundWomen is a startup funding platform providing access to capital through crowdfunding and grants, expert business coaching on all the topics entrepreneurs need to know about, and a network of women business owners that sparks confidence, accelerates knowledge, and ignites action. Learn more at ifundwomen.com.
     
  •  The Impact New Hampshire Fund is an angel investment fund that will create and promote positive impacts on the New Hampshire economy. The fund is limited to accredited investors. The fund gives preference to women-led companies; applicants should have at least one woman in an operating role at the C-suite level. Please go to http://impactnhfund.org/#FundingHome to download the initial application.
     
  •  North Country Angels (NCA) brings together over 40 successful and experienced entrepreneurs who are active in making early-stage and seed investments in companies located in the northeastern United States. Every month they gather informally to discuss recent news from the investment community, share due diligence activities, build strategic relationships, and review business plans from prospective companies. They are keen to see strong business plans with qualified management teams to back them up.
     
  •  Northeast Angels is an early-stage investment group which works with entrepreneurs and businesses located in the Northeast. Specifically, NeA focuses on opportunities located around the business corridor between Manchester and Nashua, New Hampshire including surrounding communities. While they prefer deal opportunities located within driving distance of Nashua, NH, they will consider investments in the greater New England area. They also welcome deals referred by other angel groups or venture capital groups participating in greater New England investments. NeA invests in opportunities regardless of technology or service class. NeA members welcome any and all investment inquiries as our constituents have a wide range of expertise and interests. NeA looks for opportunities with companies that can demonstrate potential market penetration, strong leadership, organized effort and strong financial skills.
     
  •  Vested for Growth, a program of the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, provides risk-tolerant capital up to $1M, business education, and peer-learning opportunities to help owners of established small businesses increase profits and create higher-quality jobs. For investment needs greater than $1M, VFG may be able to draw upon up to $2M from other lending partners. The only business financing program of its kind, VFG creates sub-debt and royalty financing packages when banks and equity sources can’t provide enough capital to meet their needs. Training or technical support may be provided by some combination of: a business performance coach, consultant, an advisory board or a business peer group.
     
  •  Wasabi Ventures is a venture capital, incubator, and consulting firm that specializes in building and advising early-stage technology companies. In the last 10 years, Wasabi Ventures has built, financed, and advised over 200 start-ups including some wildly successful ventures like Right Now Technologies, PBworks, Ustream, and Etherpad.
  •  IndieGoGo's mission is simple: anyone with creativity and passion should be able to seize their own success and change the world. To make that happen, they remove the barriers that creators face in bringing their projects to life and empowering their community to discover and elevate great projects all around the world. They know building something from scratch is hard, so they've got your back at every step. Awesome campaign strategists, retail partnerships, campaign and marketplace support—all are at the ready to help you bring your idea to life. Visit IndieGoGo.
  •  Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. Everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of ambitious, innovative, and imaginative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you! Since its launch on April 28, 2009, over $2B has been pledged by more than 10 million people, funding more than 100,000 creative projects. Visit Kickstarter.

The ECenter is sharing these resources and does not receive any promotional compensation. We also assume no liability for results or interactions with these entities.

  •  Students actively manage the Rines Student Angel Investment Fund, a donor-created fund which focuses on investments in private equity and angel investments in entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. The Rines Fund is open to all companies, not just UNH-related.  For more information about the process to be considered, contact jeff.sohl@unh.edu.