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The ECenter is proud to have been featured in many local, state, and regional print and online publications.
Patten Family Foundation Expands Support for UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center
UNH Today | May 22, 2018
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) has received a $360,000 gift from the Patten Family Foundation to expand several programs that provide financial support for entrepreneurial students.
“The ECenter is nationally recognized for the work it does to engage students and I am so honored we are able to help support the ECenter’s work and specifically the i2 Passport and Paid Student Internship at Start-ups programs,” said Harry Patten, founder of the Patten Family Foundation and a 1958 graduate of UNH.
UNH Creates Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Thanks to Anonymous Gift
UNH Today | May 15, 2018
DURHAM, N.H. - The University of New Hampshire’s Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) is seeking nominations for its first inductee into the newly formed Alumni Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Created with a gift from an anonymous donor, the Hall of Fame will recognize its first member in the fall. The deadline to nominate for the first award is Aug. 1, 2018.
Entrepreneurs Start Here
UNH Today | May 1, 2018
That was during her freshman year. McMahon and a friend had just signed up to compete in the Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition, the annual event that awards more than $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to innovative new businesses. “We knew that, as freshmen, we needed some extra resources and assets in order to be competitive,” she recalls.Devin McMahon ’19 didn’t waste any time getting to the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, or ECenter— which is part of UNHInnovation and intentionally independent of any one college — when it opened in Madbury Commons in 2016. “I was actually one of the first people in the door,” she says.
ECenter: A Startup in an Academic Environment
Seacoastonline.com | April 8, 2018
Joel Nkounkou, a University of New Hampshire senior from Dover, got to college and saw a problem. He and other students struggled to pay for thousands of dollars of textbooks through their college years. It was a cost students and their parents never saw coming when the admission letters arrived.
Joel had a “what if” moment - what if an entrepreneurial company bought electronic versions of expensive textbooks, made them available to students on a flat fee that was added to tuition? Students, parents and the university would win. Textbook publishers, whose approach has been to raise prices and “create a financial war zone” to meet revenue targets, would have to push into the digital age faster.
Share a Hive with a Friend
Fosters.com | March 16, 2018
NEWMARKET — Jessica Waters and Andrew DeMeo have launched Half-Acre Beekeeping, a full-service beekeeping operation offering professionally managed beehives and CSA-like shares of raw, local honey to the public.
Their “hive share” offering allows customers to purchase a professionally managed hive located on farms in Barrington, Stratham, and Lee. Half-Acre will maintain the hive and harvest the honey for their customers each fall. In addition to receiving honey from their own hive each year, hive share members will also have access to exclusive members-only events like honey tastings and educational beekeeping sessions through Half-Acre Beekeeping.
Meet Innovator Ian Grant, Director of the UNH Entrepreneurship Center
Live Free & Start | February 25, 2018
In January 2016, the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) officially opened its doors and instantly became the heart of ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship at the University of New Hampshire.
The ECenter exists to create the next generation of leaders with an entrepreneurial mindset, who can see opportunities and identify creative solutions others have missed, one idea at a time. For just over two years, the ECenter has worked to provide students, faculty, and alumni with the resources necessary to make their dreams into a reality. “It has always been about helping students and faculty become problem-solvers and idea creators first, and then supporting them as they take those ideas to the next level,” said ECenter Director, Ian Grant.
Success of UNH’s Entrepreneurship Center Leads to Additional Support
UNH Today | February 14, 2018
DURHAM, N.H. – After providing the initial support to launch the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) at the University of New Hampshire, entrepreneur and philanthropist Peter T. Paul ’67 has renewed his support based on student demand and the center’s success with a $400,000 gift.
“We are grateful for Peter’s ongoing support,” said UNH President Mark Huddleston. “The ECenter is a great asset and helps us to attract students who are curious to learn and understand more about problem solving, idea creation, and the start-up process.”
UNH Makerspace Acquires CNC Milling Machine for Improved Prototyping
UNHInnovation | January 25, 2018
UNHInnovation recently added a state-of-the art DATRON neo CNC milling machine to the Makerspace at the UNH ECenter. The new machine, which can mill materials like metal, wood, foam, and acrylic, allows UNH students, faculty, and staff to build real working prototypes of their ideas.
The Makerspace at the UNH ECenter is a student-run organization that was started in 2016 and is located at 21 Madbury Road in Durham, NH. The Makerspace is already home to 3D printers, a laser cutter/engraver, an industrial sewing machine, a vinyl cutter, electronic tools, and a variety of software, all of which are available to all UNH students at no cost. The new CNC mill, which uses high-speed rotary tools to cut away material from a workpiece, will be a powerful resource for innovators on campus looking to explore their ideas. Makerspace volunteer student mentors will receive initial machine and software training from DATRON and will be available during open hours to assist others in the proper use of the machine.
UNH Launches Entrepreneurship Program for First-Year Students
UNH Today | January 11, 2018
DURHAM, N.H. – Beginning this fall, 25 first-year students at the University of New Hampshire will receive seed money and support to take their entrepreneurial ideas to the next level. The Idea & Innovation Society will identify and engage incoming students from all colleges and majors with a demonstrated passion for, or experience with, ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Every accepted student will be invited to submit an application.
Talking Entrepreneurialism in China
UNH Today | December 14, 2017
One more example of the opportunities UNH students can be afforded came recently when two Paul College juniors traveled to China to participate in a youth forum on entrepreneurialism.
Kathryn Aiken and Molly Benz, both business administration majors at the Paul College of Business and Economics were among 50 Americans paired with 50 Chinese delegates for the inaugural U.S.-China Youth Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation held in Shenzhen, China, Dec. 5-8.
229 students named University Innovation Fellows by Stanford d.school program
University Innovation Fellows | October 23, 2017
(October 23, 2017) — 229 students from 62 higher education institutions in 10 countries have been named University Innovation Fellows.
The University Innovation Fellows program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world.
UNH Entrepreneurship Center Receives National Recognition for Its Growth
UNH Today | October 18, 2017
DURHAM, N.H. –The University of New Hampshire's Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) won the “2017 Outstanding Emerging Entrepreneurship Center Award” from the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers (GCEC). The award honors an outstanding new entrepreneurship center that is five years old or less; the ECenter opened in January 2016.
Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) Gains Three New Corporate Sponsors
UNH ECenter | October 10, 2017
DURHAM, NH - The University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) announced today recently announced the addition of three new corporate sponsors: Goddard Technologies Inc., Que Acoustics, and Pierce Atwood LLP.
Bringing the total number of corporate sponsors to six, their support will help promote the ECenter’s mission of continuing to build the positive and supportive ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture at UNH, for all students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. The ECenter is honored these companies share its passion.
Passport to Innovation
UNH Today | May 24, 2017
UNH’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) recently awarded $19,500 to six UNH students as part of the i2 Passport Program (Ideas and Innovation Passport Program), funded by a portion of the $50,000 gift from Harry Patten ’58.
“With this gift from Mr. Patten, we were able to provide every UNH undergraduate degree-seeking student with access to a wide variety of programs in the areas of ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship while tackling the number one pain point for students today: student debt,” said ECenter director Ian Grant.
UNH alum donates $150K to Peter T. Paul ECenter
SeacoastOnline.com | May 3, 2017
DURHAM — The University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center announced the creation of the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation Fund. Alfred P. Maurice donated $150,000 to create an endowed gift to benefit undergraduate student innovation.
The ECenter is the hub of all things ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship and open to all UNH Durham students from all colleges. This is the third such fund created at a university by Alfred Maurice.
UNH Alum Donates $150,000 to Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) for Creation of the Endowed J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation Fund
UNH ECenter | May 3, 2017
DURHAM, NH - The University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) announced today the creation of the J. Dolores and Alfred P. Maurice Prize for Innovation Fund. Alfred P. Maurice donated $150,000 to create an endowed gift to benefit undergraduate student innovation.
ECenter Director Ian Grant remarked, “We are so honored that Alfred Maurice sees the value in encouraging, supporting, and rewarding undergraduate students to be creative and innovative with ideas and solutions. This prize will help the ECenter continue to build the growing innovation culture on campus whether the student idea is a product, social venture, or service.”
True Leaders in Action: With Help from UNH Entrepreneurship Expert, 4-H Inventors Learn What it Takes to Start a Business
UNH Extension | April 27, 2017
Five middle-schoolers from 4-H Rogue Robots club met with Ian Grant, director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, on April 24, to learn how to turn their product prototype into a thriving small business and income stream for their 4-H club.
Grant, who has founded companies, led innovation projects at Fortune 500 companies and has a wealth of start-up experience, was excited to help the team, especially after seeing their poise and confidence.
NH's New Leadership: Ian Grant
Business NH Magazine | April 20, 2017
So an art student, a techie and an engineer wannabe walk into a building …
If the building happens to be at the University of NH, it’s likely all three have come to see Ian Grant, who has made it his mission to bring together students from different disciplines to brainstorm, learn creative problem-solving and, perhaps, become entrepreneurs.
Senator Hassan Travels Across New Hampshire to Highlight Her First Bill, Which Would Help Ease Burden of Student Debt for Entrepreneurs
Office of Senator Maggie Hassan | April 11, 2017
CONWAY – Today, Senator Maggie Hassan traveled across New Hampshire to highlight her first bill, the Reigniting Opportunity for Innovators (ROI) Act, which would provide the student loan debt relief necessary for entrepreneurs to start up and grow small businesses.
Through discussions with students and entrepreneurs at the UNH Entrepreneurship Center in Durham, women entrepreneurs at the Women’s Rural Entrepreneurship Network in Bethlehem, and innovative business leaders at Conway Tech Village, Senator Hassan highlighted how the ROI Act would help entrepreneurs start new businesses by providing them student loan debt relief – and in some cases, student loan debt cancellation.
UNH Hosts Hackathon With Industry Partners April 8, 2017
UNH Today | April 3, 2017
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance solutions for the networking industry, and the UNH Connectivity Research Center (Connectivity), will host the Smart Gadget Competition Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 21 Madbury Drive. This one-day event – a hackathon -- will bring together UNH students, faculty, and industry to identify a problem and build a solution utilizing sensors and LoRaWAN™ radios.
UNH-IOL has partnered with Connectivity and the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) to create an event where small, established teams will brainstorm to solve problems and share their solutions with the other competing teams.
Ask the Expert: Get ready for startup excitement in 2017
Union Leader | March 5, 2017
The startup energy in New Hampshire this early into 2017 may not be easily measured, but it is certainly noticeable. Founders of startups take note: Not only do we have strong consistent programs in New Hampshire, but many new events, programs and resources have been introduced.
Serial Entrepreneur Kicks Off UNH Program to Promote Entrepreneurship
UNH Today | January 30, 2017
DURHAM, N.H. -- Jeff Hoffman, Serial Entrepreneur (Priceline, uBid, ColorJar), will be the keynote speaker at the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center’s (ECenter) Idea and Innovation Passport (i2 Passport) kick-off event Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017.
The kick-off event in the Memorial Union Building Granite State Room is free and open to the public, but registration is required due to space limitations. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the event starts at 3 p.m.
Passport to Cash
UNH Today | January 26, 2017
DURHAM, N.H. -- Three UNH students will get a jump on the biggest issue facing many college graduates today even before they don their caps and gowns. A new program out of UNH's Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) offers undergraduates the chance to win money to help pay student loans just for being curious. The soon-to-be launched Idea and Innovation Passport (i2 Passport) program seeks to engage students from any major in activities related to ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship as a way to expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills. For every activity students participate in, they will receive a stamp in their “passport.” The student with the most stamps by May 8 will receive $8,000 toward their student loan debt.
NH's New Leadership
BusinessNH Magazine | January 2017
New Hampshire is a small state where those who are involved in business and the community tend to run into people they know all the time. Lately, though, people might find a few more new faces than usual, or at least familiar faces in unfamiliar roles.
Within the last two years, more than 140 businesses and nonprofits in NH had new leaders, and about half a dozen are actively looking for one. Some of those changes are due to baby boomers retiring, while others resulted from prior leaders moving on.
Alum Donates $50,000 to Expand Entrepreneurship at UNH
UNH Today | January 4, 2017
DURHAM, N.H. – Harry Patten ’58 donated $50,000 to the University of New Hampshire’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) to start two new programs that promote entrepreneurship: the Paid Student Internship at Start-ups and i2 Passport programs.
ECenter Recruits Student Entrepreneurs Through Sticky Notes
The New Hampshire | November 14, 2016
Since January of this year, students interested in starting their own companies have had the opportunity to develop their original ideas through the use of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneur Center (ECenter). Thoughts and ideas of some student entrepreneurs can be first seen upon a sticky note filled bulletin board that is located at the entrance to the center.
The sticky notes on the bulletin board are divided into two sides: one side features yellow-colored notes by students with business ideas looking for people with applicable skills, and the other side has green-colored notes by students with skills they want to put to use.
Closing the analytics skills gap and more news from the Watson Analytics Academic Program
IBM | November 4, 2016
For the last few years, there’s been a lot of talk about the analytics skills gap and how difficult closing it can be in terms of trained and educated resources. IBM Watson Analytics makes it possible to close the gap in a different way by making it easier to analyze data. A friendly interface guides almost anyone through analysis and uses visualizations (and in some cases, annotations) so they can uncover insights, patterns and trends in their data quickly.
The Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP) is also addressing the skills gap by making IBM Watson Analytics readily available to universities at no cost and this has not gone unnoticed.
How Donald Trump Can Win the Popular Vote
Datawatch | November 2, 2016
In less than a week, Americans will choose the 45th President of the United States. The latest electoral map still favors Clinton, however Trump could still win the popular vote. Recently, a winning team of college students combined numerous, disparate data sources and performed automated, predictive analysis to make a compelling case detailing how he could do it.
This analysis took place at the Datawatch and IBM Watson Analytics Hackathon, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) on October 21 and 22. I had the distinct honor of being a judge at the event and was able to witness these students utilize the Datawatch Monarch data preparation platform and IBM Watson Analytics software to make their case.
Winners of University of New Hampshire Hackathon Make Case for How Donald Trump Can Win the Popular Vote
Yahoo! Sports | October 26, 2016
Datawatch Corporation (DWCH) today announced the results of the Datawatch and IBM Watson Analytics Hackathon, which took place at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) on October 21 and 22. Utilizing the Datawatch Monarch data preparation platform and IBM Watson Analytics software, a winning team of students combined numerous, disparate data sources and performed automated, predictive analysis to make a compelling case for how Donald J. Trump can win the popular vote this presidential election.
UNH Students Compete and Data-Analytics Competition
The New Hampshire | October 24, 2016
Fifteen small teams of students competed in a data-analytics competition at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) starting last Friday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. and running until 10 a.m. the following day. This competition, the first UNH Hackathon of its kind, awarded the winning team with a weekend trip to Las Vegas for IBM’s World of Watson 2016 Conference, being held Oct. 24-27. Winners had to be prepared to fly out by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Makerspace Provides Numerous Tools for Students
The New Hampshire | October 10, 2016
3D printers, a vinyl cutter, an industrial sewing machine, a laser cutter/engraver, and software such as Google SketchUp and Autodesk Fusion 360 are some of the equipment that can be found within the Makerspace at the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter), located at 21 Madbury Road.
UNH Entrepreneurship Center Announces Faculty Fellows
UNH Today | September 29, 2016
The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) has announced its first ECenter faculty fellows. Because the ECenter is independent under UNHInnovation and not associated directly with any one college, the fellows program was created to engage faculty and students in all things idea, innovation, and entrepreneurship at UNH.
ECenter at UNH Offer Students a Hands-on Experience
InDepthNH | August 18, 2016
The newly established Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center at the University of New Hampshire is headed up by no stranger to start-up enterprises. Ian Grant is in charge of the center, which is named for the benefactor of the College of Business and Economics at UNH. Roger Wood spoke to Ian Grant about the center, the Maker-Space area, featuring a 3-D printer, and hopes to grow the program.
Making Space for Innovation
UNH Today | August 16, 2016
Looking back, Matt Griswold '18 admits to knowing that his desire to bring a student makerspace to the University of New Hampshire would be a tall task — perhaps one that would never come to fruition. Less than a year later, however, he has accomplished his mission; the UNH Makerspace within the UNH Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) in Madbury Commons opened this summer, giving UNH students and recent alumni a place to collaborate and create.
Future of 3D Printing Comes to UNHECenter
Seacoast Online | July 30, 2016
DURHAM – A crystal ball peek at the future of 3D printing and its future applications in manufacturing can be found on Madbury Road.
Newly created at 21 Madbury Road – inside the new Madbury Commons building – is the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, the E Center, for short, created by the University of New Hampshire to encourage and foster new innovations.
UNH Magazine | Spring 2016
Imagine this: It’s a Sunday night and you’re at home. You’ve whittled your to-do list down to one item — all that’s left to do is clean up the dinner dishes. You load the dishwasher and, pleased with your productivity, decide to treat yourself. A movie is in order — in fact, it’s the perfect night for a monster movie. You sprawl on the couch, pull out your phone, and search Amazon for 2014’s “Godzilla,” the one with Bryan Cranston from “Breaking Bad.” This, you think, is perfect: a slice of domesticity that couldn’t be farther away from the buzz of activity at UNH.
Don’t be alarmed, but you’re totally wrong.
Ian Grant is Director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center
UNH Today | February 2, 2016
UNH has named Ian Grant as its first director of the newly established Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter). Under Grant’s leadership, the ECenter aims to become a premier resource supporting entrepreneurship at the university and in the state, resulting in increased entrepreneurial talent, business formation, investment capital and job creation in New Hampshire.