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Feb. 20 - Governor Hassan Proclaims Entrepreneurship Week in New Hampshire

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For Immediate Release
February 19, 2015

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Governor Hassan Proclaims Entrepreneurship Week in New Hampshire
Governor Highlights Statewide Events, Live Free and Start’s Efforts to Support Entrepreneurship and Innovation in New Hampshire

Matthew Thornton from the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, New Hampshire Director of Entrepreneurship Liz Gray, Michael Tentnowski from the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, Mark Kaplan from Alpha Loft, Chair of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council Matt Benson, New Hampshire Director of Economic Development Carmen Lorentz, Parker Hansel from the Hannah Grimes Center, and Allison Grappone from Nearby Registry

Governor Hassan proclaims Entrepreneurship Week and is joined by (from left to right): Matthew Thornton from the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, New Hampshire Director of Entrepreneurship Liz Gray, Michael Tentnowski from the Enterprise Center at Plymouth, Mark Kaplan from Alpha Loft, Chair of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council Matt Benson, New Hampshire Director of Economic Development Carmen Lorentz, Parker Hansel from the Hannah Grimes Center, and Allison Grappone from Nearby Registry.

CONCORD – Continuing efforts to make it easier for innovative businesses to start up and flourish in New Hampshire, Governor Maggie Hassan today proclaimed February 21-28 as Entrepreneurship Week in New Hampshire and highlighted the Live Free and Start initiative’s efforts to support entrepreneurship and encourage innovation throughout the state, as well as statewide events to mark Entrepreneurship Week. 

“Through our Live Free and Start initiative, we are working with business leaders and entrepreneurs to make it easier for innovative businesses to start up and grow in New Hampshire,” Governor Hassan said. “These efforts will help build on our advantages that make New Hampshire as attractive a state for business as any in the country, and I am proud to proclaim Entrepreneurship Week in New Hampshire to highlight all of the entrepreneurs and innovative businesses in the Granite State who are creating good jobs and expanding middle class opportunity.” 

In order to build on the work of Live Free and Start, Governor Hassan included $250,000 in her fiscally responsible, balanced budget proposal for education and acceleration programs at New Hampshire’s business incubators – like Alpha Loft’s Accelerate New Hampshire. These accelerator programs provide intense support, mentorship and investment to help participating companies grow faster and put them in a better position to seek additional long-term funding through angel investors and venture capitalists. 

In addition, Governor Hassan has called on the legislature to pass a bill sponsored by Senator Jerry Little to modernize New Hampshire’s securities regulations, a recommendation of Live Free and Start. 

Live Free and Start is an initiative between the Governor’s Office, the New Hampshire Business Finance Authority and the Department of Resources and Economic Development aimed at creating jobs in New Hampshire by making it easier for innovation-based companies to start up. 

The initiative is led by New Hampshire’s Director of Entrepreneurship and collaborates with a non-partisan advisory council comprised of accomplished high-tech business leaders and entrepreneurs from across New Hampshire. Together, they are working to provide strategic input and recommendations to help the state modernize the way government interacts with the business community, expand opportunities to support startup financing and more effectively market New Hampshire as a place where innovative businesses can thrive.

“Since our formation this past summer, Live Free and Start has been extremely active in pursuing our mission of strengthening New Hampshire as a destination where innovation-based businesses can thrive,” said Liz Gray, the State’s Director of Entrepreneurship leading the Live Free and Start initiative. “We are currently focused on several legislative initiatives including efforts to modernize New Hampshire securities regulations which will reduce hurdles for businesses trying to raise capital in New Hampshire, simplify the process for registering a business name, and taking a creative approach to providing companies with capital through the research and development tax credit program.”

“In the spring, Live Free and Start will launch a fully interactive website and communications campaign designed to inspire and encourage entrepreneurs to start or grow their business in New Hampshire,” Gray continued. “In the meantime, we are encouraging any innovator who has started or is planning to launch a business to visit www.livefreeandstart.org and register for an exclusive New Hampshire business acceleration opportunity that will be announced in the spring.” 

“We firmly believe that by showcasing the benefits New Hampshire offers businesses, connecting entrepreneurs with resources, and modernizing the way state government interacts with the business community, we can make New Hampshire an even better state for innovation based businesses to start, grow and succeed,” said Matt Benson, Chair of the Live Free and Start Advisory Council. 

Several events are planned throughout New Hampshire Entrepreneurship Week, which coincides with National Entrepreneurship Week. For a full list of events and surrounding Entrepreneurship Week, please visit www.livefreeandstart.org, which is expected to go live overnight.  

Full text of the Governor’s proclamation  pdf file

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