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NH Tech Alliance is a 'centralized' place for startups to get help

By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader

July 08. 2018 10:12PM
Brian Apple, software developer for PickUpPatrol, pitches the business during the Alpha Loft Accelerate NH Demo Day in 2015. The company was named the winner that year of Live Free and Start's Ultimate NH Connection competition. Live Free and Start will soon join Alpha Loft as part of the New Hampshire Tech Alliance, a nonprofit industry trade group. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER FILE)



MANCHESTER — Many startup companies wish Oracle would buy them, just as the Silicon Valley giant acquired Millyard-based Dyn in late 2016.

Several organizations around the state work to nurture startup successes. The New Hampshire High Tech Council, which already absorbed Alpha Loft, soon will incorporate Live Free and Start under its umbrella.

And the council will brand itself a new name in September: New Hampshire Tech Alliance.

“It’s just a more complete offering of services and resources to support companies at every growth stage, from the startup phase to more established companies,” said Liz Gray, director of entrepreneurship at the state Business Finance Authority and who leads the Live Free and Start effort.

More details are expected to be released this week on that merger.

Her organization offers website resources providing video blogs on marketing, business resources such as mentoring, and a section for companies and startups seeking funding.

The New Hampshire Tech Alliance already is looking for a full-time executive director to lead the effort. This year, it absorbed Alpha Loft, which offers programs and support to help accelerate the growth of startup companies.

In folding together Alpha Loft and Live Free and Start, “I think it’s about making the New Hampshire Tech Alliance a centralized place where startups can go” to get help, said Toral Cowieson, the council’s chairman.

James Key-Wallace, executive director of the BFA, under which Live Free and Start operated, said the BFA will provide funding to continue LFS’s efforts from the authority’s funds.

“For the next year, we’ll be giving some support and give them some runway to really stand on its own in the private sector,” he said.


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