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.

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2019 Sponsors & Partners

Lead Sponsors


impax logoImpax 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 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 17 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 $13 million to nonprofit organizations in its market area through the company’s Community Promise.


Nixon logoAt Nixon Peabody, we see 21st century law as a tool to help shape our clients’ futures. We’re constantly thinking about what is important to our clients now and next so we can foresee obstacles and opportunities in their space, smooth their way, and ensure they are equipped with winning legal strategies. The qualities that drive Nixon Peabody are extreme understanding of our clients and their industries, a future-leaning orientation, and a culture that taps collective intelligence to create value for clients. Working together, our more than 650 attorneys handle complex challenges in litigation, real estate, corporate law and intellectual property anywhere in the world. For more information, visit


timberland logoTimberland’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 logoWith 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. AMI Graphics is pleased to offer a sustainable signage materials line, AMI Eco Graphics, which features eco-friendly material options for most major signage applications such as banner, adhesive, cardstock, and rigid board.


Badger logoBadger is a family owned and operated manufacturer of certified organic and 100% natural personal care products for babies, kids, and adults. Products range from lip balms, mineral sunscreens and bug repellent to face, hair, and body oils. Since 1995, we’ve been on a mission to create fabulously pure products and protect the environment, all while making a difference in the lives of everyone we touch. We believe in honesty, integrity, and transparency—you won’t find anything in our products or business practices that could cause harm to people or the planet, just lots of love, kindness, generosity, and pure, natural and certified organic ingredients. 


BFA logoThe Business Finance Authority (BFA) was created to foster economic development and create
employment in New Hampshire.  The BFA accomplishes these objectives by working with New Hampshire's banking, business, and economic development sectors to develop and implement programs which expand the availability of credit in the state. Our customers include manufacturers, small and medium-sized businesses, health providers, and non-profit educational and cultural organizations.


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.


CDFA logoThe Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is a statewide nonprofit public authority focused on maximizing the value and impact of community development, economic development and clean energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire. The organization leverages a variety of financial and technical resources, including the competitive deployment of grant, loan and equity programs. Those resources include New Hampshire state tax credits, federal Community Development Block Grant resources and the CDFA Clean Energy Fund. For more information about CDFA and its programs visit


cirtronics logoCirtronics 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 2019 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge.


Clean energy NH logoClean Energy is the state's leading clean energy and clean tech educator and advocate, dedicated to supporting policies and programs that strengthen our state's economy, protect public health, and conserve natural resources. 



Cole Haan logo

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.


Lonza logoLonza is one of the world’s leading and most-trusted suppliers to the pharmaceutical, biotech and specialty ingredients markets. We harness science and technology to create products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life. Our Lonza Portsmouth site is a clinical-to-commercial, multi-product manufacturing facility located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, only 56 miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. The site, which employs over 1,000 employees, is a custom manufacturer of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies and recombinant proteins using mammalian cell culture.


Mega Food logoMegaFood is a premium vitamin and supplement company harnessing a unique process to craft our products with nutrients and real food we believe our bodies can recognize.


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.


NH Charitable Foundation logoThe 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.


pete and gerry's logoAt 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.


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.


Revision Energy logoReVision Energy is a local, employee-owned company on a mission to transition northern New England from fossil fuels to solar energy combined with battery storage, heat pumps, LED lighting and electric vehicle charging. 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.

With more than 8,000 clean energy projects placed in service since 2003, ReVision is the region's most experienced solar company and is ranked the the #1 Rooftop Installer in New England by Solar Power World Magazine. ReVision has also been named a "Best for the World" company by B Labs, and in 2018 earned the accolade of “Business of the Year” by Business NH Magazine. Learn more at

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 

UNH Faculty Collaborators​

Marla Brettschneider
Valentini Kalargyrou
Jane Stapleton
Betty Woodman 
Gretchen Bean 
Sara Withers 
Daniel Winans 
Anita, Klein
Donna, Pelletier
Iago Hale 
Liese Zahabi 
Fiona Wilson
Brent Bell
Charlie Valdez