Idea & Innovation Society

Join an exclusive group of aspiring first year students who are idea creators, innovative thinkers, or entrepreneurs. 

As a member of the Idea & Innovation Society, you will join a team of students who are passionate about ideas and innovation and ready to make their mark at UNH and beyond. You will enjoy personalized support and mentorship as you build on your own innovative ideas. For information on how to apply to the Ideas & Innovation Society, check out the letter you received from UNH admissions as part of your accepted student information!


This is an opportunity to be at the forefront of the idea and innovation community on campus… and attain unique benefits through UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter).

The Idea & Innovation Society (“Society”) was created to embrace incoming and innovative-minded first year students—from all colleges and backgrounds—and immediately provide a community of students to connect, collaborate, share ideas and resources, and to 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—from music or dance, engineering or business, chemistry or history, Spanish or equine sciences, biology or communication science disorders… the list goes on!

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: this is NOT a scholarship program.


 Idea & Innovation Society Members receive the   following benefits:

  • Exclusive Idea & Innovation Society Fund
    offering access to $200+ of seed funding to help you take your idea to the next level.


  • Quarterly 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 Wildcatalysts Mentor Network that best matches your venture. 
    Most mentors are UNH alumni.


  • Exclusive Society business card.

  • Exclusive 2019/20 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.

  • 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 be a University Innovation Fellow.
    A UNH partnership with Stanford University.


  • 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. 

Idea & Innovation Society


“I participated in a number of things, none of which I would have participated in without the ECenter programs! Specifically, for my start-up  Sol Solution, my team and I were awarded the Summer Seed Grant, first place in the Nelson Poster Competition, and second place in the Holloway Prize Competition.”  

Peter Abdu, CEPS '17




“As a first-generation student, I was unsure knowing what to do when it comes to a future career path but the ECenter programs have really opened up new doors for me to explore and see what I’m capable of.”  

Abigail Kourafas, Paul College '18




“The ECenter’s Paid Student Internship Program at Start-ups was amazing. It was truly rewarding having the CEO of the company as my supervisor. He constantly presented us with opportunities to visit events. This gave the entire team a chance to network and make connections with other professionals.”  

Sriyaa Shah, COLA '18





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