Ian Grant

Executive Director, Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center
Phone: (603) 862-5470

21 Madbury Rd., Suite 101 Durham, NH 03824

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Ian Grant is the Executive Director of the Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center (ECenter) at the University of New Hampshire.  He brings a wealth of entrepreneurial and innovation experience to the university that directly benefits entrepreneurial understanding and growth for students, faculty, and alumni.

Ian co-founded/founded three companies (bootstrapped and venture backed), all of which were acquired, and he led innovation projects within large Fortune 500 corporate environments. He speaks often of drawing upon a critical “tool box of knowledge” that was acquired as a result multiple leadership roles including CEO, chief operating officer, VP of marketing, business development, and sales (trenches and managing) and from work in a variety of industries including commercial real estate, customer loyalty, organic products, career and HR technology/services, higher education internet-based products/services, and healthcare.

Ian’s start-up companies included VillageGenie.com where he was CEO (acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison/Adecco), Hotchili Technology, and PlanetResume.com/MTS-Group (Both merged with Careershop.com and acquired by Personnel Group of America). In addition, he was involved with the early stage company Pure Barnyard Lawn & Garden Products (Cockadoodle-DOO brand) as COO and head of marketing.  Within corporate innovation, he worked for the Sodexo subsidiary, Circles, focusing on American Express’ Centurion/Platinum card member loyalty through its concierge service as the executive director of product and marketing and executive director of innovation.

His entrepreneurial success and involvement with non-profits led the Boston Business Journal to select Ian from more than 300 nominees for its “Top 40 Under 40” award in 2001.

Ian graduated with a BA in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York.