DURHAM — Beginning this fall, 25 first-year students at the University of New Hampshire will receive seed money and support to take their entrepreneurial ideas to the next level. The Idea & Innovation Society will identify and engage incoming students from all colleges and majors with a demonstrated passion for, or experience with, ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Every accepted student will be invited to submit an application.
“The society will embrace incoming and innovative-minded first-year students and immediately provide a community for them to connect, collaborate, share ideas and resources, and run faster with their ideas and ventures,” said Ian Grant, director of the Entrepreneurship Center at UNH and manager of the society.
In addition to $200 of seed funding to help take their idea to the next level the selected students will have quarterly innovation meetings, access to alumni entrepreneur mentors, 1:1 coaching, and more.
“We are very excited to partner with the Entrepreneurship Center to offer this innovative program to first-year students,” said Victoria Dutcher, UNH’s vice president for enrollment management. “We think it helps differentiate UNH from other schools and reinforces UNH’s commitment to providing an innovative and entrepreneurial environment.”
The society is funded by the ECenter’s WildCatalysts Network, a group of entrepreneurial UNH alumni donors.