Supporters and Partners

UNH Center on Social Innovation and Enterprise


The Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise is a joint venture of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy.  We work with a range of partners inside and outside of the University of New Hampshire.


Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. UNH’s Paul College prepares individuals to excel in their careers, engage in their communities, and meet the challenges of the global business world through our innovative, research-based education and outreach.

Carsey School of Public Policy. UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy is a nationally acclaimed resource for research, leadership development, and engaged scholarship relevant to public policy.  They address the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions at all levels of government and in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

UNH Partners

  • UNHInnovation. UNHInnovation advocates for, manages, and promotes UNH’s intellectual property.  UNHInnovation also hosts the InterOperability Laboratory, the NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC), and the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center, which supports co-curricular entrepreneurship activities across the UNH campus.
  • Sustainability Institute. UNH’s Sustainability Institute expands and integrates the University’s sustainability leadership across curriculum, operations, research, and engagement (CORE). 
  • NH EPSCoR. In New Hampshire, the NH EPSCoR program is based at the University of New Hampshire, administered by the UNH Senior Vice Provost for Research and a Statewide Committee. NH EPSCoR works to improve the research, cyberinfrastructure, and human resources required for New Hampshire to achieve its economic potential through a strong competitive innovation system.
  • Center for International Education. UNH’s Center for International Education administers the International Affairs dual major and hosts the study abroad program and the New Hampshire International Seminar lecture series.
  • Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program. A partnership between Paul College, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, and the Sustainability Institute, the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program equips leaders and change agents for responsible business.
  • Social Franchise Initiative. This Paul-Carsey partnership supports the use of franchise business models to achieve global development goals, drawing on the expertise of Carsey Schools’s Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program and Paul Colleges’s Rosenberg International Franchise Center.
  • UNH Student Organizations. Many mission-driven student organizations are interested in learning about market-based approaches and cross-sector collaboration in their field – or are themselves examples of social enterprise.  These include Net Impact UNHStudent Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), Oxfam UNH, Slow Food UNH, and Trash 2 Treasure.

Community Partners:

  • New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.  NHBSR builds and supports a network of businesses committed to adopting socially responsible business practices, recognizing that people, principles and profits are inseparably linked. NHBSR offers the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program in partnership with Paul College and the Sustainability Institute.
  • College for Social Innovation.  Through its Semester in the City partnership with UNH, College for Social Innovation offers UNH undergraduates the opportunity to ‘study away’ in Boston and intern with a leading social change organization – extending their classroom experiences with experiential learning, professional skill-building, reflection, and mentorship.
  • Ashoka.  Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with nearly 3,000 Ashoka Fellows in 70 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale.  UNH faculty and students have attended Ashoka U conferences annually since 2011, focusing on social innovation education in higher education.
  • We thank the following organizations for their generous support of the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge:
  • We also are grateful to our current and former host partners in the Social Innovation Internship:
    • CCA Global Partners
    • City of Manchester, Public Health Department
    • Coastal Enterprise, Inc. (CEI)
    • College for Social Innovation
    • Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
    • Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA)
    • Dare Mighty Things
    • Foss Manufacturing
    • Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Harvest to Market
    • Humanitarian Organization for Local Development (HOLD)
    • Idea Greenhouse
    • Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
    • More Than Wheels
    • New England Footwear Manufacturing
    • NH Business Review
    • NH Community Loan Fund
    • NH Farm to Restaurant Connection
    • NH Women's Foundation
    • Old Sol Music Hall
    • Pax World Management
    • Pierce Atwood
    • Poly Recovery
    • Portsmouth Historical Society
    • Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
    • Revolution Energy
    • ROC NH
    • ROC USA
    • Social Enterprise Greenhouse
    • Stonyfield
    • Timberland
    • UNH Foundation
    • Veris Wealth Partners
  • We also are grateful to the organizations who have supported CSIE in a variety of other ways: