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Strengthen Your Idea Through Competitions

Challenge and grow your idea by participating in competitions, whether at UNH or around the country. 

Top Reasons to Participate:
Coaching for Competitions

  •  Win prize money to help you continue growing your idea
  •   Learn excellent organizational and presentation skills
  •   Benefit from a deadline to get your idea ready for evaluation
  •   Set  yourself apart from other undergraduate entrepreneurs by gaining competition experience

ECenter Coaching Overview

Since we opened our doors, the ECenter has helped students be successful in competitions both on campus and on the national stage. Our track record of success includes students becoming finalists at the Draper Competition, winning 2nd place (and $40,000) at e-Fest, and multiple winners and finalists at the UNH Holloway Prize Competition and Social Venture Innovation Challenge.


University of New Hampshire Competitions

The Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition (USNH students only) is open to all students in all majors at the University of New Hampshire, Plymouth State University, Keene State College and Granite State College. Participants will present their strategies before panels of business leaders who judge their commercialization potential. The competition honors those students who have developed the best cases and concludes with the presentation of the Paul J. Holloway Prize.

The Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) is an idea-stage competition that engages aspiring and practicing student and community social entrepreneurs (individuals and teams from across the state of New Hampshire, as well as UNH alumni) in designing novel, sustainable, business-orientated solutions to some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges.

New England Competitions

The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Center for Women and Financial Independence, Smith College's initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. The competition is designed to give undergraduate entrepreneurs an experience that will help them hone their business plans and elevator pitches. The goal of the Draper Competition is to provide the best educational and entrepreneurial experience of any undergraduate business competition.

Furnace Accelerator is part of a nationwide competition to build new ventures that are based on one or more patents
or technologies developed at Department of Defense (DoD) laboratories. The New England competition will specifically feature technologies from the area’s own U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center.

MassChallenge programs give global entrepreneurs the resources they need with no equity taken. 

The NAI Student Innovation Showcase is designed to feature the inventions from outstanding student led teams across all disciplines at the annual meeting, and to recognize and strengthen the culture of inventorship for the next generation. Student teams from NAI Member Institutions are invited to submit their inventions for consideration.