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N.H. Startup Brings Local Shops Into Online Wedding Registry Industry

You know the drill – you get a pretty invitation in the mail with a link to Amazon.com or Bed Bath and Beyond. You sit down on the couch, point, click, type in your credit card digits and wave goodbye to your hard-earned money. But if a couple wants their friends to shop locally, well [...]

Manchester “Hackademy” Designed To Inspire And Recruit

College juniors from the New England area can apply to participate in “hackademy,” a free weekend program of coding workshops, networking, and a mini-hackathon at the Dyn headquarters in Manchester. The program is part workshop, part recruitment strategy for the growing tech company.

From Black Gold To Green Economy: Long-Time Entrepreneur Talks New Markets

Steve Owens is making his third foray into energy-related entrepreneurship.

It’s been three years since the Green Launching Pad initiative was started at the University of New Hampshire with $1.5 million in federal stimulus money.  The goal of the project was to fund and support the state’s most promising, eco-friendly start-ups, and enhance New Hampshire’s green economy in the long term.  Under federal rules, the [...]

Three Years Later: The Progress And Challenges Of The Green Launching Pad

Despite the challenges the GLP faces, Project Director Venky Venkatachalam is optimistic about the program's future.

A taxpayer-funded eco-business program is paying off for New Hampshire.  The Green Launching Pad at the University of New Hampshire has given grants to more than a dozen start-ups in the state.  But it hasn’t awarded any new funds since last year. But the scene at the statehouse last winter was one of optimism for a [...]

Renewable Energy Entrepreneur Talks Benefits, Challenges Of Going Green In N.H.

The crew at Revolution Energy are behind one of the Green Launching Pad's biggest success stories. (From left: Co-founder Mike Behrmann, Chief Scientific Officer Jon Spencer, and Co-founder Clay Mitchell.)

This week, StateImpact will be checking-in on the progress of the University of New Hampshire‘s Green Launching Pad initiative.  Begun in 2010 with $1.5 million in federal stimulus money, the GLP’s goal is to provide seed money, UNH faculty business expertise, and student interns to entrepreneurs in the state’s growing green sectors. One of the [...]

How N.H.’s Budding Video Game Industry Is Getting Gobbled Up By Boston

Screen shot of pre-alpha version of Bacon Man. Certain assets like character design have yet to be added.

New Hampshire is attracting more young video game designers. The question is, can the state capture profits by keeping their companies in state? New Hampshire Public Radio’s Ryan Lessard has this story about young designers facing the allure of Boston:  New Hampshire is the birthplace of video games. No, really. Just ask 90-year-old Manchester resident [...]

N.H.’s R&D Tax Credit Explained

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Thursday, the New Hampshire Senate unanimously approved a bill that increases the state’s research and development tax credit funding from $1 million to $2 million beginning this year. Last year, 111 qualifying businesses shared that $1 million – so that the 58 businesses who qualified for the maximum credit of $50,000 received $12,065 each. Who [...]

Liveblog! Tech and Business Leaders Talk Recruitment At NHDRED’s Annual Meeting

Patrick Clark of Burstpoint Networks speaks with Jamie Coughlin before the event.

From 11:15 to noon today, three leaders of innovation and business in New Hampshire will be discussing employee and business recruitment in the state.  We’ll be liveblogging the event, as part of our ongoing coverage of New Hampshire’s simultaneously shrinking workforce and growing tech sector. The speakers are: Patrick Clark of Burstpoint Networks, a Massachusetts [...]

Young People Get Larger Share Of New Hires In N.H.

In 2011, people ages 22-24 made up only 5.2 percent of New Hampshire’s workforce, but 11.7 percent of the state’s new hires. Those between ages 25 and 34 made up 22.4 percent of new hires — a share 4.2 percent larger than their share in the existing workforce.  This, writes Brian Gottlob on his blog Trend [...]

N.H. Entering An “Uncertain Time” With “Withering” Economic Advantage

The State House dome in the distance.

A recent report from the Center for Public Policy Studies was uncharacteristically ominous, warning that the state is entering an “uncertain time,” and that the New Hampshire advantage “is withering away, and may erode further in years to come.” Dennis Delay, the report’s author, is referring to the state’s slow economic recovery compared to its [...]

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