Alpha Loft is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Alpha Loft Mission

Alpha Loft is dedicated to accelerating the development of early-stage, scalable businesses, commercializing the intellectual capital developed at leading educational institutions, and creating sustainable employment opportunities in the state of New Hampshire.

Alpha Loft Overview

Alpha Loft supports and provides resources to entrepreneurs, improving their prospects for successfully launching and scaling innovation-based businesses. Alpha Loft’s success means a strong entrepreneurial culture in NH, creating companies and high quality jobs. In addition to high value programming, events, advice, and mentoring, Alpha Loft has locations in Portsmouth and Manchester where entrepreneurs can start and build their companies.

Alpha Loft Team


Joshua Cyr – Director – Education and Acceleration

Joshua Cyr is a UNH WSBE alumni, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1996. He has worked in marketing agencies and co-founded a commercial CMS company, Savvy Software, being its primary software developer. In 2010 Joshua left Savvy Software to be a freelance consultant, and pursue other projects. Joshua created Alpha Loft a short time later.  A short 3 years later Alpha Loft was acquired by abiHub and the organization was rebranded as Alpha Loft.  Joshua serves as a City Councilor for the City of Portsmouth. In the past Joshua has been a founder of the eCoast, run small web developer conferences on cruise ships, served on the board of The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, WSCA Community Radio, and was Board President of Pro Portsmouth.

Kristen Crawford – Director – Development & Entrepreneurship Network

Kristen Crawford joined the team as the Director of Development & Entrepreneurship Network to bolster strong financial and volunteer support for Alpha Loft. She joins us after having worked various positions in higher education development, as well as marketing and merchandising for start-ups and mid-sized private organizations. She is actively an adjunct professor in the business department at Saint Joseph’s College teaching Advertising and Social Media Marketing. When not working, she is involved in supporting organizations devoted to making a difference in the lives of young women, those with disabilities, and animal welfare.

Kristen earned her Leadership MBA from Saint Joseph’s College as well as her BA in Communications from Saint Joseph’s College. She holds a certificate in Fundraising from the University of Southern Maine.

Mark Kaplan

Mark Kaplan, has three decades of executive, venture capital, financial, and investment industry experience. He led the creation of the current Alpha Loft organization in New Hampshire through the combination of three separate entities.

Alpha Loft works collaboratively with a strong NH startup network to support and provide resources to entrepreneurs launching and scaling innovation-based businesses. Mark is a strong supporter of the startup ecosystem in NH and serves on the Advisory Council of the NH Live Free & Start initiative, aimed at making the state an even better place to start and grow companies. As a member of the council he chairs the capital access subcommittee.

Prior to moving to NH, Mark spent more than fifteen years working in entrepreneurial endeavors in the state of Maine. This included venture capital as a partner with CEI Ventures and as Chair of the Maine Venture Fund board. He’s been active in the roles of board member, advisor, mentor, investor, and executive.

Mark earned his MBA from Boston University Graduate School of Management and BA from the University of Michigan-Flint. He is a graduate of the NVCA-NASBIC Venture Capital Institute Certificate and Graduate Programs. He was awarded the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1986.

Our Board of Directors

Toral Cowieson, Internet Society
Paul Mailhot, Oracle
Pete Lachance, Howe, Riley & Howe
Gary Sloper, Oracle
Matt Benson, Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, pllc
Liz Gray, NH Business Finance Authority