Championship Round

Paul J. Holloway Prize celebrating 30 years

Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Come see six teams of top student entrepreneurs and innovators pitch their business plans to a panel of industry-leading judges for a chance to win the top prize of $15,000 in the 36th annual Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition.

2024 Schedule


1 p.m. Competition Opening

Room G75, Paul College Auditorium

Welcome by Holloway Competition Chair Andrew Earle

1:05 p.m. Judges Q&A with Student Entrepreneurs

Room G75, Paul College Auditorium

1:05 p.m. Trim-Able, Accessible Nail Trimmer

1:32 p.m. Drift-RMT

1:59 p.m. Info-P

2:30 Break

3:00 p.m. Centrip

3:27 p.m. Rose Beauty

3:54 The After Grad Pad

4:30 p.m. Celebratory Reception and Awards Ceremony

5:10 p.m. Winning Teams Announced and the

2024 Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year award




$15,000- 1st Place Team
$10,000- 2nd Place Team
$5,000- 3rd Place Team
$1,000- Runner-Up  Teams
$2,000- People's Choice Award Winner

Vote in the
People's Choice Award!

Vote for your favorite team

to take home an extra $2,000! Make your vote count twice by also voting using an in-person ballot at the event.
Voting will close on May 8 at 4:45 p.m.


To help study abroad students maximize the potential of their experiences, our team created Centrip. Centrip is an online platform that provides a centralized location for study abroad necessities, prioritizing organization, connection, and affordability through various features.
Avery Langone, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Topsfield, MA)
Emmett Roy, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Newburyport, MA)
Alexander Cruz, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Chelmsford, MA)
Axel Barretto, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Exeter, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

Drift-RMT is a renewable ocean data collection device that uses the motion of waves for self-sustaining power. The device collects data that is used to improve weather prediction, climate forecasting, ocean current analysis, and marine population tracking.
Cameron Vose, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Exeter, NH)
Kara Wittmann, UNH, CEPS (Hometown: Hanover, NH)
Riley Desmarais, UNH, CEPS (Hometown: Windham, NH)
William Moore, UNH, CEPS (Hometown: Newbury, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Martin Wosnik

Info-P is a revolutionary solution to aid in detecting urinary tract infections, providing continuous and accurate patient information, and ultimately saving healthcare facilities valuable time and money. 
David Brown, UNH, CHHS (Hometown: Barrington, NH)
Sophie Grondin, UNH, CHHS (Hometown: Cannan, VT)
Cecilia Robison, UNH, CHHS (Hometown: Washington, D.C.)
Matthew Harry, UNH, CHHS (Hometown: Rochester, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Alyssa O'Brien

Rose Beauty RUNNER UP
Rose Beauty is a skincare product that provides skin protection against blue light digital exposure while offering a pampering yet convenient experience for women in their 20s and 30s.
Allison Ivers, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Franklin, MA)
Gianna Salvi, UNH, Paul College  (Hometown: Leominster, MA)
Alexandra Bonadies, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Branford, CT)
Delaney Cunningham, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Windham, NH)  
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

The After Grad Pad RUNNER UP
The After Grad Pad is a platform designed to seamlessly ease the transition from university housing to city renting for graduating college seniors, while graduation might be stressful, securing your after-grad-pad shouldn’t be.
Brandon Murphy, UNH, Paul College (Hometown: Bellingham, MA)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

Trim-Able, Accessible Nail Trimmer  SECOND PLACE
Trim-Able is the world’s first Bluetooth automatic nail trimmer designed to help people who have difficulty using standard nail trimmers.
Kyle Dimick, PSU, Business School (Hometown: Thornton, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Bret Kulakovich


Moderator: Alysa Wright (MBA Student)

Time Keeper: Rae Breton (MBA Student)

Check back for complete judge bios. 

Gareth Dickens '02, Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of ConvenientMD
Tom Malkoski '78, Retired CEO and Private Equity Investor
Tom Moulton '77, President & CEO, Sleepnet
Peter Paul '67, Owner & Chairman, Headlands Asset Management
Meg Rotondo (alumni), Vice President, Product Operations at Digimarc and COO at SalonLinks
Jackie Russ '88, CFO & COO, Glance Networks

Thomas Malkoski Named UNH Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year

Headshot of Tom Malkoski

Thomas Malkoski ’78, a transformational leader and advisor, has been named the University of New Hampshire’s Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year.   

Malkoski will be presented the award at this year’s Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition, UNH’s premier business plan competition. Malkoski graduated from UNH with an economics degree and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan.  

Malkoski’s career spans multiple industries, including public, private equity and private company structures. He has been instrumental in building brands, transitioning mature businesses to high-value products and diversifying end markets through strategic innovation, internal startups and acquisitions.  

Currently, Malkoski advises private equity groups and is a limited partner in funds that invest in early-stage businesses.   

Malkoski remains active in the UNH community, serving as a member of the Paul College Dean’s Advisory Board, the E-Center Advisory Task Force and the Investment Committee of the student-run Rines Angel Fund. He also shares his expertise as a judge for the Holloway Prize Competition and as a mentor to UNH students.  

Previously, Malkoski was an operating partner with Arbor Investments and on the board of Oregon Freeze Dry, a pioneer in branded meals and nutritional supplements. Before retiring from active corporate leadership in 2021, he was the chairman and CEO of Chaucer Foods, a global leader in freeze-dried fruit and nutritional ingredients with operations across three continents.

Malkoski also spent over 13 years as CEO, president and board member of Penford Corporation (NASDAQ), a trailblazer in specialty ingredients for diverse industries. Under his guidance, Penford launched a highly profitable clean-tech bio-polymer division, innovating in adhesives, building materials and personal care sectors.  

With a career that began at Procter & Gamble, followed by significant roles at Chiquita Brands, Griffith Laboratories and as CEO of Floral Plant Growers, a private equity-owned roll-up play in the live plant business, Malkoski has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to innovation and excellence in business leadership. 

Malkoski resides in Atlanta with his wife, Kris, and enjoys time with their three adult children, a grandchild and three grand dogs. 

A Special Thank you to our Event Supporters
Paul and Anna Grace Holloway
Bud Albin Entrepreneurship Fund
Charles and Mirium Nelson Fund for Business Innovation