Spotlight on COLSA Student Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship may not seem like a most obvious match for students in the biological sciences, but the 2019-2020 academic year at the ECenter has proved that students in UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) are eager to embrace ideas and innovation as part of their university experience. This year, the ECenter has seen record success with students in COLSA, ranging from engagement in i2 Passport, the Idea & Innovation Society, idea coaching, and the Maurice Prize for Innovation.

This spring, Hannah Ziegele ’20 was the first COLSA student to win the Maurice Prize for Innovation. Read on for more about Hannah’s journey through the competition later in the newsletter.


The spring 2020 semester of our i2 Passport Program was forced to end early due COVID-19, but COLSA students took home top prizes! Of the three $1,000 raffle winners, two are COLSA students - Jacob Uren ’22 from Cornwall, NY and Madison McEachern ’23 from Burlington, MA. Of his i2 Passport experience, Jacob said, "the i2 Passport program has been a fun, interactive adventure affording me many opportunities. I am looking forward to next semester i2 Passport Program.”


Madison is also a member of the ECenter's Idea & Innovation Society, a community created for innovative-minded first year students—from all colleges and backgrounds—to connect, collaborate, share ideas and resources, and to help them run faster with their ideas and innovations. In the fall 2019 semester, Madison participated in the ECenter's hackathon/ideathon, sponsored by The Kane Company, where she won the Best Research Data prize with fellow COLSA and Idea & Innovation Society student, Grace Higgins '23. Madison also made it to the second round of the Holloway Prize this spring and has been accepted to be an ECenter Ebassador for 2020-2021.

COLSA student Rachel Yee '20, under the mentorship of the ECenter's Ian Grant, just came in second place with her teammates for their start-up, ecoText, in Paul College's Holloway Prize Competition! ecoText also took home the People's Choice Award.

Said Jon Wraith, Dean of COLSA, “We appreciate the opportunities the ECenter provides to UNH students, and it’s great that COLSA students took such productive advantage of them this year.” We couldn’t be more pleased with the hard work and dedication that COLSA students have put into the growth and development of their ideas, and we appreciate the partnership and support of everyone in the COLSA administration. We can’t wait to see what COLSA students do next!