SVIC Supporters and Partners

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The SVIC has become an annual signature event at UNH since its founding in 2013 and provides a meaningful, hands-on opportunity for college students, as well as aspiring and practicing social entrepreneurs in communities throughout New Hampshire, who are interested in helping address some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges by designing novel, sustainable, business-oriented solutions.

We are extremely grateful to this community of sponsors and partners who, through their support of the SVIC, encourage and elevate NH's innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs.


2019 Sponsors & Partners



Kennebunk Savings Bank LogoFounded in 1871, Kennebunk Savings is a mutual savings bank headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine. 

Kennebunk Savings serves southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire with 19 branch locations from Kennebunk to Stratham, NH, its newest location. As a mutual institution we are highly focused on doing what’s best for our customers and communities. Kennebunk Savings and its employees are extremely proud of having contributed over $12 million to nonprofit organizations in its market area through the company’s Community Promise.



Prime Buchholz logoPrime Buchholz opened in 1988 and was among the first investment advisory firms to develop in-depth expertise in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.

Prime Buchholz opened in 1988 and was among the first investment advisory firms to develop in-depth expertise in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.  More than 30 years later, we remain 100% employee-owned.  True independence is the foundation on which our firm was built.  Our investment philosophy is direct and disciplined; our sole focus is helping our clients.  We believe in forging lasting partnerships; approaching clients’ investment goals and needs with a holistic, strategic, and long-term view; providing unapologetically realistic advice; and using creative and forward thinking as we seek to maximize portfolio performance and minimize risk. 

We serve more than 250 institutional clients from offices in Portsmouth, NH (headquarters); Boston; and Atlanta.  We’re proud to work with higher education and other academic institutions, community foundations, health care systems, faith-based organizations, and others that know a 10-year compound return is not just a number.  To our clients—and to us—asset protection and growth represent more academic scholarships, improved health care facilities, community services, bright retirements for hardworking people, and so much more.


Media Sponsor

NHBR logoNH Business Review is the only statewide business newspaper in the Granite State. 

Established in 1978, NH Business Review, published biweekly, has long been seen by readers and advertisers as the most respected source of business information, news, features and advice in the state.

NH Business Review is a direct-mailed, biweekly business publication reaching over 50,000 influential and affluent business professionals around the state. NH Business Review readers range from sole proprietors to CEOs and other top executives of large publicly held corporations to key government decision-makers.

In its in-depth regular sections, the newspaper covers the real estate and construction industry, the high-tech sector, banking, the legal profession, health care, the hospitality industry, among many others.


Promotional Partners

We are extremely grateful to the following New Hampshire community organizations who regularly help to promote the Social Venture Innovation Challenge to their own members and networks.

UNH Co-Hosts 


2018 Sponsors & Partners


  • Impax Asset Management LLC | Pax World Funds
    • Pax World Funds ("Pax") are advised by Impax Asset Management LLC, formerly Pax World Management LLC, a pioneer in the field of sustainable investing. Pax offers a diverse lineup of mutual funds focused on the risks and opportunities arising from the transition to a more sustainable global economy. Each fund integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) research into the investment process to better manage risk and deliver competitive long-term investment performance. Since 1971, Pax has made it possible for investors to pursue financial returns while having a positive social and environmental impact. 
  • Kennebunk Savings
  • Pierce Atwood
    • Pierce Atwood is a full service law firm and their Catalyst Program provides today's growth companies with the skilled legal services they need to become the successful companies of tomorrow. Pierce Atwood's team has experience assisting entrepreneurs and startups in key areas such as corporate formation, employee matters, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, venture capital, financing, equity plans, data privacy and security, real estate, and tax issues.

  • Timberland
    • Timberland’s unique culture and product designs are inspired by the rich New England heritage of their company. Everything they make, every store they open, every aspect of their business has been founded upon the outdoor lifestyle – whether that involves wooded trails or city streets – and a Timberland community that thrives on giving back.


  • AMI Graphics
    • With strategic locations in New Hampshire and Florida, AMI Graphics is a nationally recognized, large format print manufacturer specializing in the design, print, production, and installation of sports facility, event, commercial, and retail signage.
  • CCA Global Partners
    • CCA Global Partners is one of the largest cooperatives in the United States.  Their mission is to empower entrepreneurs and independent business owners by providing the scale, resources and innovation that create sustainability, growth and effective competition in today’s evolving marketplace.
  • Cirtronics
    • Cirtronics is an organization working together as an extraordinary team to serve customers, each other, suppliers, community and the environment.  As a modern contract manufacturer, we deliberately take on projects that are a great fit with our technical capabilities and founded on mutual respect and honesty.  We serve our environment with lean manufacturing principles and believe in doing well by doing good through our environmental stewardship committee (ESP).  We provide excellent employment opportunities to both new grads, and experienced professionals who share our values.  We are honored to be a sponsor of the 2018 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge.
  • Cole Haan LLC
    • Cole Haan LLC, with its Global Headquarters in Greenland, New Hampshire and Creative Center in New York City, is an iconic American lifestyle accessories brand and retailer of premium men’s and women’s footwear, handbags, leather accessories, outerwear and eyewear. Cole Haan stands for its commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation. 

      At Cole Haan, our mission is to inspire people to live extraordinary, purpose-filled lives. Naturally, this includes the millions of people who buy and wear Cole Haan products every year. However, it also includes our dedicated employees around the world and extends to our innovative manufacturing partners and their dedicated employees as well.

      To become a respected global lifestyle brand and a company that maintains profitable growth, we believe we must do our part to create meaningful social impact through our business practices. This begins with our greatest opportunity for impact: our global supply chain.

      We are making a long term commitment to continuous improvements in the labor conditions and social performance in our supply chain. Moreover, looking to ways to make social compliance a routine part of our supplier evaluation and purchasing process. We are initiating programs to ensure all partners receive a consistent message from our production, technical, and Corporate Responsibility teams.

  • Monadnock Paper
    • Respected papermaking since 1819. Sustainably crafted papers for technical/specialty applications, packaging and printing.

  • ​New Hampshire Business Review

  • New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility
    • NH Businesses for Social Responsibility’s mission is to build and support a network of businesses committed to adopting socially responsible business practices, recognizing that people, principles and profits are inseparably linked. NHBSR believes that: businesses can do well while doing good; social responsibility begins locally with each of us; businesses can be financially successful while bringing out the best in the human spirit, enriching the community and being respectful of the natural environment.
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    • The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation, founded in 1962 by and for the people of New Hampshire. We manage a growing collection of nearly 2,000 funds created by generous individuals, families and businesses, and award more than $40 million in grants and scholarships every year. We work with generous and visionary citizens to maximize the power of their giving, support great work happening in our communities and lead and collaborate on high-impact initiatives.
  • New Hampshire Clean Tech Council
    • ​The New Hampshire Clean Tech Council (NHCTC) is the state's trusted voice in clean tech for businesses and individuals focused on advancing the growth of the clean tech industry throughout our state. 
  • NH Tech Alliance
    • The NH Tech Alliance is a statewide technology association dedicated to supporting companies at every stage of growth and development – from startups to established leaders in the global economy. They are committed to nurturing a vibrant tech ecosystem in NH by building partnerships, enhancing knowledge, and shaping public policy.

      The NH tech sector encompasses a wide variety of technology fields, from information technology support/services, to energy technology, enterprise software, consulting, biotechnology, and many more. Through their programs, events, and initiatives across the state, the Alliance works to unite NH’s tech professionals and stakeholders and provide an environment where collaborations and partnerships flourish—driving growth for our workers, our industry, and our state as a whole.

  • Normandeau Associates, Inc
    • Normandeau Associates, Inc. has earned a reputation for excellence in understanding and solving complex natural resource issues using sound science and innovative technology. As a science-based environmental consulting firm with over 45 years of experience providing federal, state, and local government related services, Normandeau stands out for its ability to guide clients to sound, defensible and reasonable science-based decisions for project and regulatory compliance.

  • Pete and Gerry's Organic Eggs

    • At Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs, our family has been farming for four generations. We’re committed to producing the highest quality organic, free range eggs possible for you and your family, for generations to come.

      We are dedicated to the humane treatment of animals, sustainability, and the restoration of the small family farm to the American landscape. In 2003, we became the first Certified Humane® egg farm in the country, under the auspices of Humane Farm Animal Care. And we’re keeping all our farms that way today, tomorrow, and always.

      In 2013, we became the first egg farm in the U.S. to become B Corp Certified, demonstrating our values in running our business in a socially-and environmentally-conscious way, for good.  The Certified B Corporation seal on our organic egg cartons is part of that guarantee to help you Believe In What You Buy.

  • PixelMEDIA 
    • PixelMEDIA helps healthy lifestyle brands launch, manage and grow their e-commerce channels.  From initial launch, to ongoing digital marketing, PixelMEDIA helps brands such as Ecco Shoes, Vibram Five Fingers, Stonewall Kitchen, BCBG, Bauer, and The Company Store all optimize their online results. PixelMEDIA connects you to the things you need, want and love. 
  • Prime Buchholz, LLC
    • Prime Buchholz LLC was established in 1988 and has grown to become a leading, uniquely independent investment advisory firm providing comprehensive investment solutions for more than 260 clients. Headquartered in Portsmouth, NH—with offices in Boston and Atlanta—Prime Buchholz was one of the first investment advisors to develop in-depth expertise in alternative investments such as hedge funds, private equity, and real assets.

      Our clients include educational endowments, private and public foundations, cultural and faith-based organizations, health care and insurance organizations, pension plans, and high net worth families.  We work closely with our clients to create, implement, and monitor investment policies and asset allocation strategies to meet their unique investment goals.

      Throughout our history, Prime Buchholz has partnered with clients who have sought to align their investments with their missions.  From endowments seeking to divest from tobacco and alcohol; to environmentally oriented foundations that both divest and proactively invest in solution-oriented products; to clients who want their managers to integrate environment, social, and governance (ESG) factors into their investment process, we have been helping clients create portfolios that reflect their values for nearly three decades.

  • ReVision Energy
    • ReVision Energy is a local, employee-owned company on a mission to accelerate New England's clean energy transition from fossil fuels to solar energy. As a Certified B Corporation, ReVision is part of a global movement using business as a force for good to solve social and environmental issues.

      ReVision Energy consistently ranks among the best solar companies. The company was named the number one rooftop installer in New England in 2017 and 2018 by Solar Power World magazine and a 2018 “Business of the Year” by Business NH magazine.

UNH Co-Hosts 

We are extremely grateful to the following New Hampshire community organizations who regularly help to promote the Social Venture Innovation Challenge to their own members and networks:

Promotional Partners