Holloway Prize Championship Round

Holloway Prize Competition and Reception
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Paul College | 10 Garrison Avenue | Durham, NH

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6 WINNING Teams

Marsh Award

People's Choice Award

Judges

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sponsors

Past Winners

Guidelines

73 entries were narrowed down to 20 teams that competed at the Bud Albin Challenge Round on April 21. From there, the top 6 teams were chosen to compete in the championship round.

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6 WINNING TEAMS

1st PLACE 

Droppit​
Droppit is a new social messaging platform utilizing location services and augmented reality for users to drop their posts in the real world. Using the map-interface, users may select any location, leave a message, activity, image, or gift drop, and send it to any of their friends.

Max Miller, Physics, CEPS (Hometown: Exeter, NH)
Sam Warach, Business Administration: Finance & International Affairs, PAUL (Hometown: Durham, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant​

2nd PLACE

Sol Solutions
Sol Solution offers clear thermochromic adhesive backed films that adhere directly to solar panels, allowing them to operate at increased efficiencies. The Sol Solution provides a competitive advantage to solar installers, improves the power output for commercial and residential solar panels, and significantly extends the life of solar panels.

Peter Abdu, Electrical Engineering, CEPS​ (Hometown: Hanover, NH)
Cyle Ziegler, Electrical Engineering, CEPS/GRAD (Hometown: Kittery, ME)​
Faculty Advisor: Michael Carter, Ph.D.​

3rd PLACE

my.local
my.local is a website and application that connect travelers to local businesses that support their interests and values. Our travelers are matched to like-minded my.local.experts who curate customized and detailed itineraries to make sure our travelers enjoy an optimized, unique, and truly personalized travel experience when exploring a new city—allowing them to make the same choices while traveling that they would at home. We ensure that wherever you go, you can find locally owned, hip, hidden gems that value the same things you do.​

Ilona Drew, Masters in Public Policy, Strategy and Communication, Carsey School of Public Policy (Hometown: Portsmouth, NH)
Marine Langreney, Masters in Public Policy, Strategy and Communication, Carsey School of Public Policy (Hometown: Washington, DC)
Faculty Advisor: Michael Ettlinger​

RUNNERS UP

(three finalist teams in alpha order)

 

NextStep - MARSH AWARD ($2,500 Prize - Best Written Business Proposal)
NextStep offers a web and mobile software platform, applying new technologies to existing infrastructure, to break the cycle of addiction and curb the opioid epidemic. The NextStep platform provides personalized recovery support and connects people suffering from addiction to recovery resources.​

Tristan Evarts, Chemical Engineering, CEPS (Hometown: Londonderry, NH)
Max Miller, Physics, CEPS (Hometown: Exeter, NH)
Sam Warach, Business Administration: Finance & International Affairs, PAUL (Hometown: Durham, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant​

Noomie
Noomie is an app based platform that connects people to new roommates and services needed when moving households. People in search of a roommate can create a profile within the app outlining a person’s preferences, common interests, living habits, and what s/he are looking for in a new roommate. Noomie’s mission is to give people the ability to connect safely and reliably to fulfill all their moving needs by providing a marketplace that connects users with potential roommates, moving equipment rentals, movers, handyman and more.

Michael Dwyer, Masters in Business Administration, PAUL (Hometown: Portsmouth, NH)
Stephanie Field, Masters in Business Administration, PAUL (Hometown: Derry, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Tom Gruen, Ph.D.​

 

Pawm (CocoChew) - PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD ($500 Prize)
Pawm is a team of five college students working to change the way we think about dog products. There is currently a major oversight within the pet industry pertaining to the dental health of dogs. We've developed a 100% natural coconut coir rope toy that acts as both a natural toothbrush as well as a durable chew toy. As the dog chews, the toy scrubs. Very simple, and very effective.​

Edward Hoogasian, Information Systems and Entrepreneurial Studies, PAUL (Hometown: Worcester, MA)
Ryan Kelly, Entrepreneurship and Finance, PAUL (Hometown: Wrentham, MA)
Chip Linton, Entrepreneurial Studies, PAUL (Hometown: Hingham, MA)
Chris Lovell, Business Administration: Finance and Entrepreneurial Studies, PAUL (Hometown: Hampton, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Devkamal Dutta, Ph.D.​

 

JUDGES

M. Jacqueline Eastwood
Entrepreneur

M. Jacqueline Eastwood is the retired co-founder and CEO of Salient Surgical Technologies Inc., which was sold to Medtronic for $550 million. Prior to Salient, Eastwood was a VP with Medtronic, Inc., from 1987 to 1998. At Medtronic, Eastwood was VP general manager of Medtronic CardioCare, Medtronic BioMedicus and VP Corporate Ventures.

Eastwood has served on a number of private and public company boards and is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions in entrepreneurial and technology initiatives. She currently is a member of the board of directors for the Wentworth Douglass Foundation. She is a founder of The Global Child, a school for street children in Cambodia, and was on the boards of New Hampshire Biomedical Council, as well as the CEO Forum and the Center for Family Business at UNH.

Eric Goodwin
Owner, Goodwin Hospitality

Eric Goodwin is owner and president of Goodwin Hospitality, which offers management recruiting, professional mystery shopping, innovative guest surveys and feedback programs, as well as support in recruiting and exit interviews, and a franchise referral program.

Goodwin also is owner of the Friendly Toast restaurants in Portsmouth, Cambridge and Back Bay in Boston, and is planning a fourth location in Bedford later this year. Additionally, he is owner of CampusFeedback.com, which measures the tour process for colleges (including UNH) and other aspects of the student experience; an investor in NOBL cold brew coffee; and on the board of advisors for the UNH Hospitality Management program.

Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Plymouth State University.

Thomas D. Malkoski ’78
Former President, CEO and Director, Penford Corporation

As CEO/president for the last 20 years, and board of directors for both public and private companies for more than 13 years, Thomas Malkoski is a builder of businesses and transformational leader with a record of generating shareholder value. Since 2002, he has served as CEO, president and a member of the board of directors for Penford Corporation, until the sale of the company to Ingredion in mid-2015.  Penford was a leading developer and manufacturer of specialty ingredients in global food & beverage, paper & packaging, and biomaterials. Since 2015, Malkoski has been an advisor with multiple private equity firms evaluating buyout opportunities.

Prior to joining Penford, Malkoski served as president and CEO of Griffith Laboratories (renamed Griffith Foods), North America from 1997 to 2001; CEO of Floral Plant Growers from 1996 to 1997; and vice president – Asia Pacific Region - for Chiquita Brands International from 1991to 1995. Malkoski began his career at The Procter & Gamble Company, progressing through major food division (Pringles, Duncan Hines, Jif) brand and category management responsibilities from 1980 to 1991.

Malkoski served as a board advisor from 2002 to 2016 with Libby Perszyk Kathman, a privately held world leader in brand imaging, strategic positioning and design. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1980, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.

Gregory E. Sancoff
President & CEO, Live Pure
President & CEO, Juliet Marine

Gregory E. Sancoff is an exceptionally successful inventor, investor and management specialist who has lucratively started or turned around every company he has been associated with over the past 34 years. The innovation, ingenuity and problem solving skills he uses to meet challenges have resulted in the award of 51 patents, with additional patents pending.

Sancoff’s strength is in recognizing problems, technical or management, and developing successful solutions in a very short period of time. As a result, he has served in executive positions including president/CEO and chairman of the board of directors, in all companies he has founded or acquired. These companies include Block Design/Block Medical, River Medical, IVAC, ONUX Medical, Juliet Marine Systems, Inc. and Live Pure, Inc.

Alison Stebbins, CPA
Recently Retired Vice President, Head of Vendor Management, Fidelity Investments

Alison Stebbins has worked at numerous financial institutions, including the accounting firms Deloitte and Touche and Ernst and Young. She then started her own accounting firm, Stebbins CPA, in Manchester, N.H.  In 2000, she joined Fidelity Investments. For six years Stebbins held a leadership role at Fidelity’s largest regional center in Merrimack, N.H., as the general manager. She also was part of Fidelity’s procurement team, heading up corporate accounts payable and vendor management. 
 
Stebbins was chosen as the 2008 N.H. Business Leader by Business New Hampshire Magazine. She also has been recognized as one of the state’s 10 most powerful business people by the same publication. In 2008, she was honored along with her husband Hank with the City Year New Hampshire Lifetime of Community Service Award. 
 
Stebbins is a trustee of the Community College System of New Hampshire. She has served on numerous boards of directors, including those of the Heritage United Way, Greater Manchester YMCA, Business and Industry Association of NH, Delta Dental, Audubon, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and University of New Hampshire business school’s Dean’s Advisory Board. Stebbins is on the steering committee for Change Direction, New Hampshire, a national group that is promoting more awareness of mental health issues in schools and the workplace.
 
Stebbins holds several degrees, including a bachelor's in anthropology from Mount Holyoke College, a master's degree in accounting from Northeastern University and a master's degree in taxation from Bentley College. 

Rouzbeh Yassini, Ph.D.
CEO, YAS Capital Partners

Rouzbeh Yassini is CEO of YAS Capital Partners and acting executive director of the University of New Hampshire Broadband Center of Excellence. He is widely regarded as the “father of the cable modem,” reflecting his pioneering work in cable broadband technology as the founder and CEO of LANCity, and as a prominent contributor to the CableLabs Data over Cable Services Interface Specification.

In recognition of his dedication and meaningful contributions to the broadband cable industry, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association awarded Rouzbeh with a 2004 Vanguard Award, the organization’s highest honor. He was most recently inducted as a member of the Cable Television Pioneers - Class of 2012.

Rouzbeh is the author of Planet Broadband (Cisco Press), a humanized look at broadband technology, and is frequently interviewed and quoted in the press for his vision on the future of broadband. He has served as a board member on a number of privately and publicly held companies, has served as a senior executive consultant with CableLabs, Comcast and Cablevision on numerous programs relating to broadband technologies, and has been a member of the Liberty Global  advisory technology board since 2001. Rouzbeh also was founder of the Yassini Broadband Knowledge Center in Boston, offering research grants and facilities to investigate fresh ideas in Broadband technologies.

Rouzbeh holds an honorary doctorate degree in science and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University, an honorary doctorate degree from Merrimack College, as well as an equivalent MBA from General Electric’s Financial Management Program.

MODERATOR

Jennifer Griffith
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Management, Paul College

 

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

William E. Wetzel, Jr.

William E. Wetzel, Jr. is professor of management emeritus at the former Whittemore School of Business and Economics (now the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics) and director emeritus of the Center for Venture Research. Prior to his retirement in 1993, he held the Forbes Professor of Management Chair at the Whittemore School. During the 1987-88 academic year, he served as the Paul T. Babson Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College.

Wetzel's professional and research interests include the role of the entrepreneur in economic development, the financial management of high-growth private companies, and the informal venture capital markets. He has testified on these subjects before congressional committees and served as keynote speaker at domestic and international conferences, including conferences held in Australia, the Netherlands, France, Great Britain, Venezuela, Sweden and Canada. He served on two doctoral dissertation defense committees at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Wetzel authored articles published in Business Horizons, Sloan Management Review, New England Journal of Business and Economics, Black Enterprise, Journal of Business Venturing, Technovation, Pratt's Guide to Venture Capital Sources, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, The Financier, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Economics, Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurship, the Portable MBA in Entrepreneurship, and the Art and Science of Entrepreneurship. Prior to retirement, he served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Venturing, In Business, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and the Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurial Finance.

Wetzel was a founding member of the New Hampshire High Technology Council and is a past president of the council. In 1993, he received the council's Lifetime Creative Vision Award. He founded the Center for Venture Research in 1983 and the Venture Capital Network, Inc. (VCN) in 1984. VCN is now the Boston-based Technology Capital Network. Wetzel was a member of the Smaller Business Association of New England where he served as chairman of the academic liaison committee and as a member of the board of directors from 1983 to 1986. In 1998, he was named Ernst & Young New England Entrepreneur of the Year for his work as a supporter of entrepreneurship. In 2007, Wetzel was cited as a “Pioneer in Venture Capital Research” in the Handbook of Research on Venture Capital. 

Wetzel has served on the boards of directors of numerous private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations.

 

SPONSORS

Paul and Anna Grace Holloway
Paul J. Holloway Prize Fund
Bud Albin Entrepreneurship Fund
Charles & Miriam Nelson Fund for Business Innovation
Alpha Loft
Peter T. Paul Entrepreneurship Center
PixelMEDIA
Michael and Lynn Marsh

 

PAST WINNERS

2016
Cassidy Croci
Brianna Leclerc
William Tavernas
Allison Wood

2015
A.J. Asbury
Ian Marshall
Everton Parkinson
Sean Whittier

2014
Emily Stone

2013
Craig Litherland

2012
Andrew Jaccoma
Olha Johnson

2011

Timothy Harmon
Scott Olsen
Jessica Streitmater

2010
Iulia Barbu
Keith Teeter

2009
Chris Suprock

2008
Anna Boisvert
Gregory Richardson
Sebastian Titz

2007
George Melchior
Ferenc Gyurcsan
Charles O’Donnell
Mark Johnson
Christopher Matrumalo
Lacey Knight

2006
Joseph Iannone
Dennis Wells
Gabrielle Di Perri
Andrew Demeusy
Lindsey Jambard
Christopher Langsten
Joseph Mardo
Jill Harkness
Peter Houde
Jacquelyn Parks

2005
Gregg Cerveny
Christopher Cooper
Sharon Morrison
Jessica Dicker
Joshua Vogel
Scott Mullin

2004
Jason Bourn
John Leary
Glenn Margosian
Christina Downs
William Hurd
Christa Tsoukalas

2003
Jim Losee
Michael Carmichael
Denise Laferte
Edward Rowe
Louis Levine
Justin Gamester
Jessica de Pontbriand

2002
Andrew Molloy
Matthew Scruton
Jeff McDonald
Andrea Tully

2001
Laura Bahr
Peng Li
Zhihong Xu
Brian Fuller
Heather Townsend

2000
Bruce Sommer
Kristie LaPierre

1999
Jesse O’Rourke
Jaime Berryman
Justin Jean

1998
Debra Parry
Chad Sawyer
Jeremy Sawyer

1997
Matthew Found
Katherine Pouliot
David Emanuel

1996
David Bernier
Keith Ogren
Jonathon Sallade
Daniel Lawrence
Drew Nucci

1995
David Marshall
Jessie O’Connor
Sean Fisher
Robert Davis

1994
Juan Seleme
Michael O’Brien
Sheila Socha

1993
Alison Como
Keshini Wijesundera
Nicole Truman
Brian Thomas

1992
Kristina Magnusson
Christine Hennessey

1991
Marc Delisle
Kevin Dixon
Martin Kurowski
Timothy Stotz
Scott Daniels

1990
Weber Shill
Suzanne Cepaitis

1989
Mary Lawrence
Lisa Prue
Brett Chamberlain
Dean Raft

 

GUIDELINES

The Holloway Prize Championship Round is the final round of the Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition.

  • Six teams will advance to this round.
  • Feedback from your advisor and the Challenge Round judges will help you refine your presentation for this round.
  • Team presentation order will be randomly selected.
  • All team members must be present during all presentations.
  • Teams will have ten minutes to present their case to a panel of five judges, using a PowerPoint presentation, followed by fifteen minutes of Q&A with the judges.
  • Teams must have their posters on display.
  • Teams may use props during their presentation.
  • Teams are encouraged to make an appointment with a consultant at the UNH Connors Writing Center http://www.unh.edu/writing/cwc/presentations/ for additional help with oral presentations.
  • Presentations will be videotaped and linked to the Paul College website after the competition.
  • The Holloway Prize Championship Round is open to the public. The audience is comprised of business people, venture capitalists, UNH faculty, staff, administrators and students, as well as family and friends of contestants.
  • Business professional dress is required.