Tech Tidbits From Across New Hampshire
ecoText secures $200,000 from Millworks Fund, NH iPhone Repair opens fifth location ... and more
ecoText, a Manchester-based platform that aims to help students access cheaper digital textbooks, secured an investment of $200,000 from the Millworks Fund Series II at the NH Tech Alliance’s virtual Innovation Summit, which was streamed on Facebook Live and YouTube live on Dec. 3. Millworks is a joint partnership with the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and a group of angel investors including Gray Chynoweth and Liz Hitchcock. A total of six startups pitched during the virtual event. RentVue, a full-service automated property management tool based in Manchester, was named People’s Choice for 2020. Bob Wilkins, CEO of SoClean, a health and wellness products company in Peterborough, was named the 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year for his more than 33 years of experience marketing and selling products to businesses and consumers, which includes heading up Fortune 1000 high-tech equipment reseller PC Connection and founding nine companies as well as a number of patents.
NH iPhone Repair recently opened its fifth location at 649 East Industrial Park in Manchester. Founded in 2011 by a Plymouth State University graduate, NH iPhone focuses on repairing and extending the life of damaged devices, such as Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. Other storefronts are located in Bedford, Portsmouth, Salem and Epping.
Milford-based Cirtronics won in the “Community” category for large companies at the 6th Annual New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) Sustainability Slam. Cirtronics has been hosting a perpetual donation bin, collecting clothing and household textile items that are bagged per Covid-19 requirements and are dropped off at the SHARE bins at their headquarters in Milford. SHARE is a local non-profit organization that provides support to individuals and families in need in the southcentral New Hampshire. Ecosmith Recyclers, a family-owned textile and shoe recycling company based in New Boston, New Hampshire, manages the content of the bins, setting aside items that can be used to manufacture new clothing and shoes or textile that is milled into fibers for soundproofing and insulation. These materials are resold and profits are shared SHARE. As of their entry date into the competition, Cirtronics had collected over 250 pounds of clothing and household textile items using their on-site, in-house collection bin since they began the program in early August.
Scientists from the University of New Hampshire have received a five-year, $425,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to plan logistics for retrieving environmental samples in ice that could unlock the secrets of Earth’s last warm period and help with future climate change projections. Research Project Managers Joe Souney and Mark Twickler will be part of the U.S. team (including scientists from the University of Washington, the University of California Irvine and the University of Minnesota) that will drill down to ice from 130,000 years ago at Hercules Dome, a location hundreds of miles from the Antarctica coastline near the South Pole and a promising site that could provide possible clues to the last collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Work has been delayed by the novel coronavirus but drilling the 1.5-mile ice core is set to begin in 2024.
The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire is seeking start-ups, established businesses, nonprofits and government institutions to engage with undergraduate students on “real world” projects. Project proposals or problem statements should be submitted by Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020. A faculty adviser will then contact the selected firms to discuss the assignment of a student team. Following are a few examples of the project programs:
Honors Consulting Project: Undergraduates in the Paul honors program work in partnership with the NH Small Business Development Center in cross-disciplinary teams to conduct research and solve unique business problems for clients.
Marketing Workshop Capstone Course: Teams of seniors in the marketing option conduct market research and develop and implement strategic marketing plans and programs for a client-selected marketing problem.
Information Systems and Business Analytics Capstone Course: Seniors work in small teams to solve information systems issues, develop quantitative models and/or analyze complex data sets.
To learn more about these programs or other ways to engage with Paul College students contact Kimberly Clark, director of Paul Career Services, at Kimberly.Clark@unh.edu or 603-862-5294.