Semifinal Round: Bud Albin Challenge


Friday, April 14, 2023
The Bud Albin Challenge acts as the semifinal round of the 
Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition.

Twenty teams will advance to the Semifinal Bud Albin Challenge Round where they present their business concept before a panel of business and industry judges who have reviewed their 5-page submissions and videos. Teams are allotted 10 minutes to present followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with the judges.

At the conclusion of the Semifinal Bud Albin Challenge Round, all teams will receive detailed feedback from the judges and six teams will advance to the Holloway Prize Competition Championship Round.


Cash prizes will be awarded to all teams not advancing
to the Holloway  PrizeCompetition Championship Round
$600- 2nd Place Teams
$500- 3rd Place Teams
$300- Runner-up Teams


Information on the 2023 teams and judges will be added as the competition nears. 


Time Room Order Track
12:50 p.m. 175

Competition Opening

1:00 p.m.   Presentation #1  



Spritely Spore

High Growth 



Aegis Safe

High Tech



Electric Vehicle SCOUP




F9 Automated Concessions

Hospitality & Service Solutions

1:30 p.m.


Presentation #2





High Growth 



Bright n' Early

High Tech







OverSpray Hospitality & Service Solutions
2:00 p.m.    Presentation #3  
  175 HydroPhos Solutions High Growth 
  165 Kronos High Tech



Swellular Sustainability
  125 College Connector Hospitality & Service Solutions
2:30 p.m. Outside 165 Break  
3 p.m.    Presentation #4  
  175 Clean Kick Go High Growth 
  165 Together Band High Tech
  135 Good Art Sustainability
  125 QuickTips Hospitality & Service Solutions
3:30 p.m.    Presentation #5  
  175 Behind the Wall High Growth
  165 TutorUp.AI High Tech
  135 EnviroSave Sustainability
  125 Takko Time Hospitality & Service Solutions
4:00 p.m.  G35 Dinner  
4:50 p.m.  G35 Advancing Teams Announced  
5:15 p.m.  G45 Run-off Round: Presentation #1 High Growth 
5:45 p.m.  G45 Run-off Round: Presentation #2 High Tech 
6:15 p.m.  G45 Run-off Round: Presentation #3 Sustainability 
7:15 p.m.  G45 Run-off Round: Presentation #4 Hospitality & Services Solutions
7:40 p.m. G35 Run-off Round Winners Announced  

High Tech Track
Aegis Safe 
Aegis Safe is a discreet pressure sensor installed under flooring and near access points in homes and apartments, which notifies residents and law enforcement in instances of unauthorized entry to the premises.
Paige Bohlig, Paul College (Hometown: Rutland, VT)
Kendyl Drum, Paul College (Hometown: Mount Vernon, NH)
Avery Milton, Paul College
Madison Crocker, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

TutorUp.AI 1st Place
TutorUP is a web application that offers an online interactive classroom experience with an AI assistant available 24/7. The AI tutor enhances online learning by answering student questions during recorded video lectures, overcoming limitations of traditional video lectures. TutorUP aims to provide a more dynamic and engaging learning experience at a low cost for universities.
Oliver Willis, CEPS (Hometown: Groton, MA)
Paul Gesel, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Ruml Wheeler

Together Band 3rd Place
Together Band is a safety tool disguised as a bracelet that is designed to reduce assault, rape, and kidnapping statistics. The band will be worn as a bracelet by each member of the desired group, which then connects to the Together Band app where each member's location is tracked.
Emily Jackson, COLA (Hometown: Barrington, NH)
Samantha Chuslo, Paul College (Hometown: Holliston, MA)
Faculty Advisor: Kevin O'Shea

Kronos 2nd Place
Kronos aims to create a watch that combines the mechanical beauty of a classic watch with the functionality of a smartwatch. The watch face will be minimalist, displaying only essential metrics, and will be designed to be read quickly and intuitively.
Sam Croteau, Paul College
Tyler Wittmann, Paul College (Hanover, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Rich Messner

Bright n' Early
Bright n’ Early offers a groundbreaking solution for waking up in the morning that guarantees a more refreshed and energized start to your day. Our state-of-the-art alarm clock utilizes a unique combination of REM sleep cycle monitoring, gentle light, soft sounds, and vibrations to wake you up in the best way possible, providing you with more energy throughout your day.
Annabelle Stott, Paul College
Alison Durand, Paul College
Jared Rizzo, Paul College
Evan Scott, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

High Growth Track

Clean Kicks Co
Clean Kicks Co is an environmentally conscious, university-focused shoe company looking to foster school spirit and good walking and running comfort. Clean Kicks will allow students, faculty, staff, and alumni to express their Wildcat pride by offering UNH-branded shoes at an affordable price on Campus as well as at stores in convenient walking distance from campus.
Luca Mikulis-Borsoi, Undeclared (Hometown: Nashua, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

Spritely Spore, LLC 1st 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 2nd Place, Run-Off Round Winner
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

e-PPLY is a mobile application that functions as a staffing solution, connecting employers with employees in a gamified, simplistic, and exciting way. You can think of e-PPLY as the Tinder of the hiring space. Once an applicant and a business match, the app will automatically forward a copy of the job seeker's resume to the hiring manager and provide the applicant with a Calendly link to arrange a time for a virtual or in-person interview.
Gunnar De Young, Paul College
Rey Idieu, Paul College (Hometown: Bridgeport, CT)
Gunner Hagstrom, Paul College (Hometown: Hillsboro, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

Behind the Wall 3rd Place
Behind The Wall plans to make its impact on the art collection industry by being an online marketplace tailored to up and coming artists, and help them connect to art collectors and enthusiasts. Behind the Wall enables new artists who are completing or have completed an art degree to get exposure and for customers to explore quality pieces in their price range that apply to their specific tastes.
Jake Kitterman, Paul College (Hometown: Lyman, ME)
Marty Keene, Paul College (Hometown: Dover, NH)
Nicholas Quinlan, Paul College (Hometown: Hampton, NH)
Austin Edwards, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

Hospitality & Service

College Connector 2nd Place
College Connector is a multipurpose app designed to solve social, emotional, and financial problems of students. The app has two main features that aim help college students socially, emotionally, and financially.
Brett Schultz, Paul College (Hometown: North Reading, MA)
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

Takko Time 1st Place
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
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

F9 Automated Concessions 3rd Place
Our product, “F-9”, provides stadiums with an innovative and groundbreaking way to serve their customer's concessions. By combining quality and automation with convenience, our product can streamline the concession process at stadiums while cutting costs, saving space, and giving customers an incredibly unique experience.
Elias Clark-Goldfeld, Paul College
Matthew Derby, Paul College 
Edward King, Paul College
Michael Santini, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

Spray paint art is new niche of the art market. By joining the market, I will serve as another place for people to source spray paint art.
Mason Patten, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

QuickTips sets to solve is the issue of servers having to wait to receive their credit tips they earn on any given night. At QuickTips we want to provide a simple solution which would allow servers to receive their tips on a nightly basis through a direct deposit and restaurant owners to easily keep track of their payroll and avoid any bookkeeping errors which plaque this industry and can lead to serious tax implications.
Jake Baker, Paul College (Hometown: Grafton, MA)
Charles Farrah, Paul College (Hometown: Grafton, MA)
Brett Hassell, Paul College (Hometown: North Andover, MA)
Ben Allaire, Paul College (Hometown: Sharon, MA)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar


Coweed 3rd Place
Coweed is on a mission to make a generational impact in reversing global warming. By producing a bovine supplement which greatly reduces methane production in cows, Coweed has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in an industry which has been neglected in regard to social innovation.
Anthony Lotane, COLA 
James Sullivan, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

Good Art
What if consumers could buy a T-shirt with peace of mind – knowing it was made ethically, sourced sustainably, and helped build a better planet? At Good Art, the mission is exactly that. The companyʼs garments are built from recycled cotton and polyester, ethically made in North Carolina, and carefully printed right here in the New Hampshire seacoast.
Jeff Marquis, Paul College (Hometown: Derry, NH)
Brady Esmaili, Paul College
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Keslar

Swellular - Wave Powered Communication System for First Responders 1st Place
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

EnviroSave is a new social media platform that encourages sustainability and eco-friendly behaviors among its users. The platform will be a social network that promotes sustainable lifestyles and encourages users to share ideas, tips, and content related to green living.
Sia Manna, CEPS
John Henkleman, COLSA
Faculty Advisor: Joshua Cyr

Electric Vehicle Scoup 2nd Place, Run-Off Round Winner
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

High Growth Track 
Mike Aldous '11G, Vice President of Insurance Data and Product Services, EverQuote
Abby Backman '18, Brockerage Associate at Colliers
Michelline Dufort, Director, UNH CEO & Family Enterprise Center
Kristin Laberis, Market Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Portsmouth Regional Hospital 

High Tech Track 
Nick Doucette '17, Manager, Patient Administration Strategy and Project Support at Novocure
TJ Evarts '20, Founder & CEO of SMARTwheel
Jeff Lapak '02, '13G, Director at UNH InterOperability Lab & COVID Lab Operations
Sebastian Titz '08G, Investment Manager at 3M Ventures
Brian Veroneau '11G, Chief Executive Officer at Argen Tech Solutions Inc.

Hospitality & Service Solutions Track 
Sherif Farag, Owner & Founder at Elephantine Bakery
Maria Proulx '99, President Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire
Carlos Quinones, '94, '19G, Account Manager, Lodging Econometrics
James Saunders, President/Founder at New England Barrel Company
Mike Somers, President & CEO at New Hampshire Loding and Restaurant Association

Sustainability Track
Mark Eichenberger, Corporate Engagement and Partnership, UNH Innovation
Hunter Lambroff, Director of Business Development at ZEPLUG
Bradley Russell, Director of Agriculture and Food Systems at Coastal Enterprises Inc.
Andrew White, Corporate Sustainability Director at VHB

Runoff Round 
Lindsey Hayes, CCO of The Mountain
Joël Nkounkou '18, Co-Founder and CEO, EcoText
Mike Morneault, Vice President, Litigation and Investigations at Lighthouse
John Pelaggi, Area Vice President of Sales, America East, CyCognito

About the Benefactor

Bud Albin

Harold C. "Bud" Albin, Jr. '55 was an active and generous supporter of his alma mater, most notably in the area of entrepreneurship and business development.

After working full-time and attending the University of Maryland part-time, Bud Albin enrolled at the University of New Hampshire. Following graduation, Mr. Albin entered the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and became a Naval Aviator. He was attached to squadrons in Georgia, Rhode Island and Virginia, piloting all weather fighter/interceptors.

In 1961, Mr. Albin joined a small company that manufactured steel parts. He continued his active participation in the Naval Reserve in flying status and was promoted to Officer-in-Charge. Mr. Albin retired from the Naval Reserve in 1978 at the rank of Captain.

While serving in the Reserve, he founded Albin Industries, which sold copying supplies. Shortly after its start-up, Mr. Albin expanded the company to include the sale and servicing of copier and fax machines. When sold to Konica Business Machines in 1995, Albin Industries had grown to a business employing 185 people.

In honor of his fiftieth class reunion, Mr. Albin established the endowment that bears his name to encourage and advance entrepreneurship within the Whittemore School of Business and Economics and support activities related to entrepreneurship, primarily in New Hampshire.

The Albin Entrepreneurship Fund supports faculty and administrative programs that link students with entrepreneurs; provides consulting support for new start-up companies; supports lectures and in-residence programs; funds external entrepreneurship competitions; and brings UNH students, faculty, and industry experts to the larger community.

Mr. Albin earned his Bachelor of Science at the University of New Hampshire, was awarded an MBA degree from Wayne State College and completed Harvard University's Owner/President Management program.


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