Seacoast START-UP deadline extended

Organizers will accept entries from start-up businesses until the end of business day October 16

ROCHESTER, NH – Organizers of Seacoast NH Start-Up 2015 are giving new businesses an extra week to enter the third annual regional new business competition.  Entries will be accepted through the end of the business day on Friday, October 16.

“We’re in our third year, and we’ve had a lot of interest so far, but we’d like everyone a bit more time to pull their entries together,” said Karen Pollard, economic development manager for the City of Rochester

Start-Up 2014 is open to for-profit businesses with an innovative idea and less than five years in operation. Organizers want to draw attention to the strong growth potential and supportive business environment of New Hampshire’s Seacoast region. The winning start-up or business plan will receive a prize package that includes cash and in-kind services of valued at $20,000 or more.

Last year, more than 30 businesses entered the competition and seven finalists were chosen for the Shark Tank-like final round of judging in front of more than 100 spectators. Start-Up 2015 is organized by the Rochester Department of Community & Economic Development and the Alpha Loft based in Portsmouth, Manchester and Durham. Bank of New Hampshire, with offices throughout the Seacoast region, is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Albany International, Great Bay Community College, Lydall and SmartATI Construction. The city of Rochester will host the final judging round at Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference Center, Whitehall Road, on November 5, and the public is invited to attend this event.

For more information, contact the Rochester Division of Community & Economic Development, 603-335-7522 or visit

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