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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 [...]

The Case To End Software Patents

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At the beginning of November, the University of New Hampshire School of Law officially designated its library as the “New Hampshire Patent and Trademark Resource Center.” The hope is for the center to “promote a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” says David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, and Director of the United [...]

UNH Researchers Announce New Economic Index For Hospitality Industry And More

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A team of researchers at the University of New Hampshire has announced a new economic tool — something they’ve been developing for almost 12 years.  The Lodging Executive Sentiment Index, or LESI, is based on a monthly survey of 20 lodging executives who run more than 55 percent of all lodging rooms in the country. [...]

UNH President Pushes For Restored Funding

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The following was contributed by Sam Evans-Brown. This week, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston delivered his State of the University address. He used the speech to reiterate his call to restore the cuts to the State University funding.

USNH Seeks Deal With Lawmakers To Restore Funding

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The University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees is requesting that the legislature restore its state funding. At a board meeting Tuesday the board approved a budget request re-appropriating the nearly $50 million that was cut by the legislature last year. In exchange for the funds, the USNH is offering to freeze in-state tuition [...]

Stimulus Funding Dries Up For Eco-Biz Incubator

With stimulus funding to the Green Launching Pad shut off, the start-up incubator is considering how to continue its work

The challenge of growing New Hampshire’s green economy just got more difficult.  Federal stimulus funding for the state’s chief eco-friendly business incubator dried up at the end of April.  Now, the University of New Hampshire‘s Green Launching Pad program is rooting around for private funding to keep the program going. Although early GLP grant funding [...]

Five Reasons Why Angel Investors (Think “Shark Tank”) Matter To The Economy

A hallmark of angel investors is aggressive risk-taking in the hopes that when a company's ready to go on the market, they'll see big returns

If you’ve watched “Shark Tank” on ABC (or its British forbear “Dragon’s Den” on BBC in America), you’ve seen, to some extent, angel investors in action.  Underneath the high-gloss of ratings-driven reality TV, you can catch a glimpse of this opaque, mysterious investment market.  As Colleen Debaise of the Wall Street Journal explains, angel investments [...]

StateImpact Talks Job Growth And The Green Launching Pad

Our chat with ATC host Brady Carlson focuses on the finer points of how the Green Launching Pad works

One of our most popular posts this week has been our in-depth look at the economic impact the Green Launching Pad, of an earth-friendly start-up incubator.  The program was created with the help of federal stimulus money.  StateImpact’s Amanda Loder discusses the economic impacts of GLP–and the program’s future–with NHPR’s All Things Considered host Brady [...]

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