Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paul College faculty fellows

First faculty fellows in UNH’s Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center from left to right: Kiernan Gordon, Dev Dutta, Matt Davis, Jen Purrenhage, and Meg Heckman with ECenter director Ian Grant.

The Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) has announced its first ECenter faculty fellows. Because the ECenter is independent under UNHInnovation and not associated directly with any one college, the fellows program was created to engage faculty and students in all things idea, innovation, and entrepreneurship at UNH.

Matt Davis, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; Dev Dutta, Paul College of Business and Economics; Kiernan Gordon, College of Health and Human Services; Meg Heckman, College of Liberal Arts; and Jen Purrenhage, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture are the first fellows.

“We are really excited to have the fellows as part of the team,” said Ian Grant, director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center. “Like all good start-ups, we also need expertise from those who engage daily with the ‘customers,’ in this case students and faculty, to help us provide valuable and desired tools and resources.”

The ECenter’s goal is to continue building the positive and supportive idea, innovation, and entrepreneurial culture at UNH, for all students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. The ECenter has already established itself as the hub in its area on campus. Programs include a start-up speaker series, three bootcamps centered around networking, marketing, and sales; a hackathon; 1:1 coaching; the $10,500 summer seed grant; and the paid internship at start-ups program. Physical resources include co-working zones at Alpha Loft and the Caffeinator Coffee Bar, both at the ECenter.

The ECenter in the UNHInnovation wing of Madbury Commons is intentionally independent of any one college on campus. It is for all students, faculty, staff, researchers, and alumni. The ECenter’s goal is to continue building the university’s positive and supportive idea/innovation/entrepreneurial culture. It creates opportunities for engagement through new co-curricular programming, as well as supporting existing academic, student, university, and independent initiatives.

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