NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge: LIVE Final Round, Awards & Keynote

NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

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Join us for the concluding day of the 7th annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge: a day of inspiration, information, networking, and celebration of New Hampshire’s student and community social entrepreneurs!

This initiative of the University of New Hampshire has been organized by the Center of Social Innovation and Enterprise in conjunction with the Carsey School of Public Policy, Paul College of Business and Economics, UNHInnovation, UNH Sustainability Institute, and Net Impact UNH.

November 21, 2019


Schedule of Events:

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. | Registration | Holloway Commons, First Floor
9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. | Welcome & Opening Ceremony | Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Final Round Presentations 

  • Student Track Finalists | Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room
  • Community Track Finalists Track | Holloway Commons, Piscataqua Room
    From a large pool of competitors, the eight finalists in each of the community and student tracks present their ideas and answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges. 

12:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. | SVIC Awards, Social Innovator of the Year Award, & Keynote | MUB, Granite State Room
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. | Community Networking & Celebration Reception | MUB, Granite State Room*

*With the generous support of the New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) and the Business Finance Authority (BFA), this special event will bring together contestants, finalists, and winners with judges, supporters, UNH faculty, staff and alumni, and the broader community committed to sustainable development. 

Courageous Leadership: Changing Lives, Creating Stronger Communities and Saving the Earth
Featuring Social Innovators of the Year:

the LewisesHarriet Lewis
Chair, Lewis Family Foundation | Co-Founder, Alnoba

Alan Lewis
Chairman, Grand Circle Corporation | CEO and Co-Founder, Alnoba

As entrepreneurs, the Lewis’ are well known for their visionary leadership, building Grand Circle Travel, a small travel company they acquired from the original founders in 1985. Over the last 35 years they have built Grand Circle Corporation into a global enterprise—comprised of a family of travel companies—committed to changing people’s lives by offering high-impact experiences to travelers and building communities (in the US and around the world) through philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and volunteerism. They embody the model of business which is financially successful, but that also integrates innovative models of corporate community engagement, to change lives for the better. As philanthropists, they have made a significant commitment through the Lewis Family Foundation to support the development of courageous leaders to improve society and the environment, supporting many deserving non-profits with both financial support and leadership development. With the establishment of Alnoba in Kensington, NH, Harriet and Alan are now building an innovative and impressive social enterprise, an extraordinary education and retreat center, model sustainable campus and farm, and gathering place whose mission is dedicated to developing courageous leadership and sustainability models to help change people’s lives, create stronger communities, and save the earth we share.

 i2 Passport points earned for attending the Live Final Round & Keynote.
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Directions and Parking


The morning’s events will take place in two separate, but connected locations (see agenda below). Our staff and volunteers will make sure you get where you need to be at any point!

Please note that parking will be tight on Thursday, November 21st.  There may be a few spots available in the Campus Crossing Visitor Lot; however, you may have more luck finding parking on Main Street, Garrison Avenue, or at the Sage Way Visitor Lot by the Parking and Transit Center (most likely – and furthest option).

  • If you are coming for the Final Presentations, join us in the Holloway Commons building at 75 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824.
  • If you are coming for the Keynote, Social Innovator of the Year and Awards, join us in the Memorial Union building, Granite State Room, at 83 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824.

Pay station payment required 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., and hour limits posted.  Sage Way Visitor Lot has no hour limits posted and you may take the free “Gables Connector” bus from the parking lot to Holloway Commons/Memorial Union Building.

Please check in at the Registration Table on the 1st floor of the Holloway Commons Building when you arrive for the Final Presentations. Check-in is not required for the Keynote.