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Live Free and Start in New Hampshire

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Gov. Hassan, Christopher Way, Jamie Coughlin

            Down on Elm Street in Manchester this morning, there was a pause in the bustle for a celebration of new beginnings.

            The abi Hub marked the opening of its new downtown location, right in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city.

            In its past incarnation, this space was the former McQuade’s Department Store, so it has wonderfully wide windows – windows with a view of the street busy with trade and traffic, but, more importantly, a window for people to look into as they pass by.

            The view, says Jamie Coughlin, abi Hub’s CEO, is a look at New Hampshire’s newest ecosystem.

            “This is a vision for a new New Hampshire, in the heart of New Hampshire’s largest city,” Coughlin said this morning at the open house, “a vibrant ecosystem of innovator and do-ers.”

            The abi Hub is a business accelerator that has created an environment for innovation, entrepreneurship and experience. The dreams, ideas and hard work that are hatched here become tomorrow’s company that offers Granite Staters good jobs and generous pay, creating a ripple in the overall ecosystem that benefits the entire state.

            “We are well positioned to lead the country through innovation,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan, who attended the celebration. “We have great potential here and I am pleased that abi is working with innovators throughout the state.”

            Chris Way, interim director of the Division of Economic Development, has watched the evolution of abi over the past few years.

            “We’re speaking more and more of the state as a destination for entrepreneurs and start-ups,” he said. “A place where those with innovative ideas can begin their journey and progress to the result: Well-paying jobs.”

            This kind of environment, or ecosystem, doesn’t just happen, Way said, and Coughlin has done well in reaching out across the state to spread the message that innovators and entrepreneurs will find resources, mentors and experience to help them with their start-ups.

            “Today we are in the business of accelerated serendipity,” Coughlin said. “abi and New Hampshire represent the Live Free and Start capitol of the world.”

            Keep an eye on that window in downtown Manchester. From there, and reaching out across New Hampshire, great things will happen.

Lorna Colquhoun

Communications Director

Division of Economic Development