Idea & Innovation Society


AN INNOVATION COMMUNITY FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

 

Top Benefits for UNH Students in the Idea & Innovation Society

  •   Network with students who have started a company, non-profit, or were involved in innovation programs in high school
  •   Immediately connect with a broad community of innovative-minded students from around campus
  •   Attend exclusive, high-impact bi-weekly gatherings to improve your skills and grow your ideas

What is the Idea & Innovation Society?

The Idea & Innovation Society is an exclusive group of aspiring first year students who are idea creators, innovative thinkers, or entrepreneurs from across UNH. 

As a member of the Idea & Innovation Society, you will join a community of students who are passionate about ideas and innovation and ready to make their mark at UNH and beyond. You will benefit from personalized support and mentorship as you build on your own innovative ideas and start your UNH career with a broad network of like-minded innovators from all colleges across campus.

 

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Look for an email from UNH Admissions after you have been accepted to UNH for instructions on how to apply!

 

WHAT OUR SOCIETY MEMBERS SAY

By joining the Idea and Innovation Society, I was immediately immersed into a community of diligent and hard working individuals who were passionate about pursuing entrepreneurship. The events that I attended through The Society helped me to cultivate thoughts, ideas, and relationships that have collectively constituted my successful collegiate experience at UNH.

Gunnar De Young '23

The Idea & Innovation Society has given me the opportunity to meet new people and participate in so many events that have helped me improve my networking skills and evolve my ideas for future projects.

Madison McEachern '23

Society Member Benefits

 

  •  Exclusive Idea & Innovation Society Fund
    Offering access to $250 of seed funding to help you take your idea to the next level.
     
  •  Semi-monthly Society meetings with the team 
    Share and discuss, get feedback on ideas, and find the best resources for your requirements

     
  •  1:1 coaching for your current or new idea or innovation
     
  •  Introduction to a mentor from the ECenter Mentor Network that best matches your venture
    Most mentors are UNH alumni

     
  •  Exclusive Society business card
     
  •  Exclusive Idea & Innovation Society T-shirt
     
  •  Exclusive Idea & Innovation Society kick-off welcome party at the ECenter
     
  •  Private small group interactions with ECenter keynote speakers, as possible
     
  • Ticket and transportation to the annual BU IDEA Conference
     
  •  Additional 1:1 coaching for UNH prize competitions
    Including the Social Venture Innovation Challenge (Fall) and Holloway Prize Competition (Spring). 1:1 and group preparation and coaching offered.
  • Opportunity to apply to the NSF I-Corps program that includes $3,000 funding for customer discovery
  •  Opportunity to apply for Social Innovation Internships and Semester in the City through the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise

About the Idea & Innovation Society

The Idea & Innovation Society was created to provide students with the opportunity to be at the forefront of the idea and innovation community on campus, while gaining unique benefits through UNH's nationally-recognized Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter). It embraces first-year students from all colleges, majors, and backgrounds and provides a network of like-minded individuals with whom to connect, collaborate, share ideas and resources, and help you run faster with your ideas and innovations.

We are looking for idea creators and innovative thinkers from any and all majors at UNH: music or dance, engineering or business, chemistry or history, equine sciences or Spanish, biology or communication science disorders… good ideas come from all places!

The Society has a permanent home at UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) on campus. The ECenter is not part of any one college to intentionally provide opportunities for all students on campus to interact and work together.  

Note: The Society is an invitation-only community. It is NOT a scholarship program.

 

Questions? Email us at e.center@unh.edu

 

Edward M. Friedlander '88 Memorial Entrepreneurship Scholarship

 

About Edward M. Friedlander '88

The Edward M. Friedlander '88 Memorial Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund was established to pay tribute to a beloved entrepreneur. Ed was a trusted friend to all he met, always the first person to extend a hand in friendship, provide counsel, and listen. He graduated from UNH in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. At UNH, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and developed lifelong friendships he maintained, fostered, and cherished throughout his life.

Ed was a passionate Wildcat and began his career as an entrepreneur after graduation, before moving to the hospitality sector. Ed's friends created the Friedlander Memorial Scholarship to honor his legacy recruiting and retaining undergraduate students who have strong academic credentials, with a goal of enhancing UNH’s overall academic standards and reputation.

 

How to Apply

The scholarship will provide merit-based support to students who demonstrate entrepreneurial experience, interest, or skills. One student will be selected from applications to the Idea + Innovation Society to receive a 4 year scholarship of approximately $3,500/year. The awardee must fill out the optional question which includes a possible interview on the Society application.  Awardee is required to be an active member of the Idea + Innovation Society during their first year and be an active ECenter Ebassador for their sophomore, junior, and senior years in order to continue to receive the scholarship on a semester by semester basis.

Because this is a four-year scholarship, recipients will be selected from the first-year Idea & Innovation Society in the academic years 2021/2022, 2025/2026, and 2029/2030.

 

Questions? Please contact us at e.center@unh.edu

About the Idea & Innovation Society

About the UNH ECenter

 

UNH would like to thank Arizona State University’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation Team for concept support in the creation of UNH’s Idea & Innovation Society.