2017 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge Final Round, Keynote and Awards Program


Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH



We welcome you to the concluding day of the fifth 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, UNH Sustainability Institute, UNHInnovation, and Net Impact UNH.

Event Schedule
8:00 a.m. to 8:30 A.M. | REGISTRATION, Coffee & nETWORKING

Social Venture Innovation Challenge - Registration (Holloway Commons, First Floor)

8:30 A.M. to 8:45 A.M. | Welcome

Social Venture Innovation Challenge - Final Round, Welcome and Opening Ceremony (Holloway Commons, First Floor)

8:45 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M. | Final Round Presentations

From a large pool of competitors, the eight finalists in each of the community and student tracks will present their ideas and answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges.

  • Student Track Finalists (Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room)
  • Community Track Finalists Track (Holloway Commons, Pisquatqua Room)
11:15 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. | Keynote and Awards

Keynote Address & Award Ceremony (Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room)
Keynote by Clara Miller, Director and President of Heron Foundation, “A Revolution of Capital: Connecting Money with Social Good”

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UNH alumna Clara Miller, Director and President of the Heron Foundation, will be awarded UNH Center for Social Innovation & Enterprise's 2017 Social Innovator of the Year. The Heron Foundation works to empower and lift people and communities out of poverty. Miller is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and influential people in the social change field. Notably, and most radically, under Miller’s leadership, Heron broke down the traditional divisions within philanthropic foundations between the grantmaking and investing teams, bringing social and financial proficiency together and positioning Heron to push forward the practice of impact investing. Heron also committed to putting the entire corpus into impact-screened investments, harnessing the entirety of the Foundation’s assets for mission purposes. Read more about Clara Miller.

We are pleased to have the President of the N.H. Community Loan Fund, Juliana Eades, introduce Ms. Miller. 

Social Innovator of the Year Award Supporter 


The event will conclude with the exciting announcement of the winners of the 2017 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge and the awarding of the prizes!