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.

The 2024 schedule will be updated in the coming months.

 

Prizes

 

$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.

 

Spritely Spore, LLC Third Place
The Myco-Vessel by Spritely Spore is an affordable all-in-one platform allowing novice cultivators to achieve reliable results with no extra equipment. Myco-Vessel prevents contamination by design.

Gregory Henninger, MBA (Hometown: Nashua, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Alex LaBrecque
 
HydroPhos Solutions First Place
HydroPhos will install phosphorus filtration technology into wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). This filtration technology will extract phosphorus, and we will then sell that phosphorus to fertilizer companies.

Jason Plant, Paul College (Hometown: Sanbornton, NH)
Derek Long, Paul College (Hometown: Northborough, MA)
Katie Remeis, Paul College (Hometown: Hudson, NH)
Matt Oriente, Paul College (Hometown: Jamison, PA)
Derek Long, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar
 
Takko Time Runner up
Takko Time is a company that is born with the initiative to offer the community of Durham the opportunity to know and consume authentic Mexican food in a food truck at affordable prices, as well as the possibility of getting to know Mexico through the different flavors of its gastronomy.

Gustavo Rodriquez, Paul College

Hannah Weatherby, Liberal Arts

Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr
 
Swellular - Wave Powered Communication System for First Responders Second Place and People's Choice
The Swellular has developed a product that is designed to provide coastal resiliency and disaster relief to isolated islands and coastal communities with limited communication infrastructure. The product focuses on integrating marine renewable energy (MRE) conversion to power a portable communication tower and is designed for rapid deployment offshore of these communities.

Rae Bretton, Paul College
Luke Conroy, CEPS
Allison Childs, CEPS
Maddie Strange, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar
 
Electric Vehicle Scoup Runner up
The Electric Vehicle SCOUP, or Solar Charging Optimization Utility Panel, utilizes existing solar technology to subsidize a vehicle’s charge while it is parked. Designed to simultaneously mitigate three problems at once, the SCOUP takes advantage of solar energy in an easy-to-use and portable panel.

Clair Carroll, Paul College, (Hometown: Dover, NH)
Jenson Scott, Paul College
James Cheever, CEPS
Samuel Tower, CEPS (Hometown: Dover, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

JUDGES 
Check back for complete judge bios. 

Moderator: Osho Omoyeni, MBA Student

Peter Paul '67, Chairman at Headlands Management
Meg Rotondo, Vice President, Product Operations at Digimarc
Tom Moulton, President & CEO at Sleepnet
Eric Goodwin, Hospitality Entrepreneur and President at Goodwin Recruiting
Linda Faranas, CEO/Strategist at Millennium Agency

Mary Johanna Brown

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Mary Johanna Brown is Founder and President of Brown & Company Design, a strategic design firm established in 1992, and Big Brown Books, a publishing company established in 1997. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1989 with a BFA in etching, Mary Jo began work in publishing and design, fields that combined her love of art and business.

Brown & Company specializes in creating informed and inspired visual communications for a wide range of local, regional and national clients, online and in print.

Mary Jo was named to New Hampshire Magazine’s “Remarkable Women” list in 2009, Business New Hampshire’s “Influence Index” in 2014, New Hampshire Magazine’s 2018 “It List” and as an “Outstanding Woman in Business” in 2018 by New Hampshire Business Review.

As an active volunteer, Mary Jo has served on several New Hampshire nonprofit boards and is engaged in many community activities throughout the Granite State. She is the Founding Chair Emeritus of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation, a merger born in October 2014 from the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative and the Women’s Fund of New Hampshire – bringing both entrepreneurial and communications skills into leading this effort.

As a guest speaker and writer, Mary Jo has focused on advancing gender equality, showcasing women’s history and encouraging civic engagement. UNH keynotes include Women in Business, the CEO Forum, and various talks on both gender equality and female leadership. She has enjoyed mentoring young aspiring UNH entrepreneurship students through the Meaning of Entrepreneurship class since 2009. Mary Jo has recently dipped a small portion of her big toe into personal public storytelling.

An avid champion of the arts, Mary Jo has both juried and curated local art exhibits, grants, and public work commissions. She and her eighteen-year-old daughter Haley co-created Brown’s Art Camp in 2012, a summer camp offered yearly to girls, with an intensive week-long immersion into various art mediums and local artists.

Mary Jo enjoys traveling, walking, boating in her nine-foot hand-made wooden tenderly dingy, and working on outlandish creative projects with her daughter Haley.

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
 

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