New Hampshire has a long history of entrepreneurship, from the first settlers at Odiorne Point in Rye, to the nineteenth century textile mills on the state’s various rivers, to modern companies started by New Hampshire residents, including Dean Kamen’s DEKA and Gary Hirshberg’s Stonyfield Farm. 

The University of New Hampshire embraces this entrepreneurial spirit and has evolved as a leading driver of entrepreneurial activities in the state and throughout New England. 

Over 3,000 UNH alumni have started or run their own companies. Over 1,200 UNH students have participated in the Holloway competition, generating new business ideas with over $1.0 million of award prizes.