Bud Albin Challenge Round

Bud Albin Challenge Round
Paul College | 10 Garrison Avenue | Durham, NH
Friday, April 12, 2019
12:50 p.m.

The Bud Albin Challenge acts as the semi-final round of the Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition. Teams present their business concepts to a panel of judges using PowerPoint, a poster and a prototype of their innovation, if available. Posters are not required as part of the formal presentation.

Twenty teams will advance to the Bud Albin Challenge Round where they present their case before a panel of industry judges who have reviewed their 5-page submissions and videos. Students are allotted ten minutes to present to the panel of judges comprised of representatives from business and industry, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with the judges.

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

All teams, including those not advancing to the challenge or championship round, are invited to compete in the Charles & Miriam Nelson Poster Competition.


Cash prizes will be awarded to all teams not advancing to the Holloway Prize Competition Championship Round.
$600- 2nd Place Teams (not advancing to the championship round)
$500- 3rd Place Teams
$300- Runner-up Teams

Questions? Email holloway.prize@unh.edu

Note: Information on the 2019 Competition will be added as confirmed.

Time Schedule of Events High Growth Track High Tech Track Sustainability Track Hospitality & Service Solutions Track



Room 165

Room 175

Room 185

Room G85

12:50 p.m.

Competition Opening
Room 175





1 p.m.

Presentation #1

OPENBAR- 3rd Place!


Telluric Surf- 3rd Place! 

SaniTrust- 2nd Place!


1:30 p.m.

Presentation #2

PassCrypt- 2nd Place!

SurveySwarm- 3rd Place!

O2 & You- 1st Place! 


2 p.m.

Presentation #3


Autonomous Surface Vehicle

Half-Acre Beekeeping- 2nd Place!


2:30-3 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served outside of
Room 165





3 p.m.

Presentation #4

Pathlete​- 1st Place! 

PerpetYOUlock- 2nd Place! 


FEATURE- 3rd Place!

3:30 p.m.

Presentation #5

Rolling Happy


Cradled Systems

blended.- 1st Place!

4 p.m.

Dinner at UNH ECenter
(21 Madbury Road)





4:50 p.m.

Advancing Teams
Round at UNH ECenter

(21 Madbury Road)



Autonomous Surface Vehicle
The Sea Moos aims to help cleanse the oceans and waterways that have become suffocated with garbage and toxins in the modern era. With so many swaths of the world covered in refuse, the Sea Moos' autonomous nature, combined with a low-cost production, maintenance, and carbon footprint, will pave the way for both private and public interests to help cleanse our blue earth. Boasting a highly modular framework, user-friendly software, and incredible scalability, the Sea Moos platform can be used as it's portable, current iteration, or customized and deployed on much larger vessels. The Sea Moos automated marine cleaning platform combines New Hampshire's naval heritage, UNH's engineering and programming pedigree, and an unerring passion for sustainability to create a future-ready solution to a global problem.

Peter Bowers, CEPS
Daniel Lamkin, CEPS
Kim Radzelovage, CEPS
Chris Urbanski, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: May-Win Thein

blended. is a unique wine and tapas bar. We offer new Americana style food, a high quality and diverse wine list, and a never before seen blending bar in which customers will be able to create their own wines from 100% varietals. With an experimental and educational twist to the typical wine tasting, we will draw in the wine lovers of the area and those seeking an explorative gastronomical experience.

Caitlyn Pzydrowski, PAUL
Christopher Rossi, PAUL
Katelyn Smith, PAUL
Genevieve Wolfe, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Nelson Barber

Charge2Go is a portable energy generator capable of charging devices on the go and off the grid.  Its versatile and compact design allows it to be used in environments across the globe. Producing renewable power, cleanly and quietly, Charge2Go is a worthy addition to any backpack.

Tobias Craig, PAUL
Andrew Kostandin, CEPS
Jake Lantner, CEPS
Brennan Smith, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: May-Win Thein, Ph.D.

Cradled Systems
Last year the oil and gas industry flared over $30B of natural gas. On the market, this could have powered the entire continent of Africa. Cradled Systems captures the waste and converts it into a biodegradable plastic. 

Brandon Allen, PAUL
Ahmed Alzawar, CEPS
Ty Kartiganer, CEPS
Matt Mroz, CEPS

Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle

The app is an outlet for users to provide information about restaurants, bars, venues and other events.  It will provide the only “one stop shop” for users about all of the local happenings. Examples of information the app would provide are local drink specials, food specials, concerts, live music, festivals and other deals.  FEATURE plans to expand their target market once developed in the Portsmouth, NH area across other cities in the northeast. Before launching our app, we will begin by working directly with restaurants, bars and event venues in the Portsmouth area to provide timely and accurate information on special events, deals, etc. that are taking place. We will schedule meetings with these locations to share with them the terms and conditions of how FEATURE will be beneficial for its members. FEATURE will generate more business for our clients by sharing their current deals, events, menus, etc. By building relationships with these local locations and having pre-existing clients, we will be at an advantage prior to launching our app. We plan to market the app by offering each restaurant we meet with a free one-month trial in exchange for them handing out our fliers to their guests. Although we may not generate much revenue in the first few months, we will quickly gain a tremendous customer base which we will maintain for a long period of time. We will offer customers different membership levels that determine how they will appear to viewers across the app. The higher one restaurants’ membership, the more information will be provided and the more it will be pushed to viewers across the app.

Madelyn Dignam, PAUL
Hannah Elrick, PAUL
Megan Galotti, PAUL
Erica Osgood, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Dan Innis

FiesTEA offers tea, coffee and hot cocoa lovers the opportunity to purchase one of our FiesTEA Pods in a variety of flavors. We will provide our customers with a subscription to have your Pods refiled, just send us the glass jar the Pods come in so we can fill it and send it back to you! We care about the environment so all of our products will be no waste, 100% dissolvable and recyclable materials. All of our ingredients will have nutrition facts about each component and will be printed on recycled paper inside the jars for your benefit. Some components of teas help with cancer, diabetes, weight loss, or just help with stress and relaxation. We want you to enjoy your beverage with the peace of mind that you are helping the environment.

Ksenia Bidzhieva, PAUL
Sarah James, PAUL
Pichayada Phongcheep, PAUL
Kendra Siemiesz, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Hachemi Aliouche

Half-Acre Beekeeping
Half-Acre Beekeeping is a series of sustainable micro-apiaries located on farms on the NH seacoast. We offer customers the chance to own a HiveShare, a fully-customized, professionally-managed beehive at one of our sites. HiveShare customers receive raw honey from their own hive every year, while we do all of the work! HiveShare customers also receive invitations to exclusive events, seasonal updates on their bees, artisanal recipe suggestions, unique swag, and more. Together with our customers and local farmers, we're building a healthier, more sustainable model for beekeeping -- for the bees and for our community.

Learn more

Andrew DeMeo, COLSA
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant 

O2 & You
O2 & You develops products that inform users of pollution levels and related risks in a way that is manageable to the everyday person. O2 & You's product line, BreatheCollection, is comprised of: BreatheSmart, a wearable air quality sensor with connections to a mobile application and a website; BreatheCollect, a stationary version of BreatheSmart; BreatheData, a subscription package of our aggregated data.

Amanda Lee, PAUL
Keelan McCoole, PAUL
Francesca Molinari - PAUL
Caroline Quintal, CEPS
Kristin Snyder, CEPS
Joel Nkounkou, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Sohl

OPENBAR is the first sharing economy for lawyers. OPENBAR brokers relationships between the demand by solo practitioners who need legal research support in both availability and time to conduct the research and the demand of recent law school graduates and new lawyers that have the research skills and time. OPENBAR is the solution for solo practitioners and small law firms that need legal issues researched but lack the financial and logistical resources to keep up with caseloads and engage in legal research. Currently there is no platform bridging these two parties which is why OPENBAR’s services have the ability to disrupt the legal industry. As solo practitioners benefit from the ability to take on additional caseloads by outsourcing their legal research needs, licensed attorneys with OPENBAR have the ability to hedge against unemployment, diversify their income, and become their own boss in this increasingly growing gig economy.

Omar Nabulsi: PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Jianhong Chen

PassCrypt is a decentralized platform that safely and securely stores your passwords.  When software manages your passwords for you, having to remember each of them is no longer a necessity and you are free to generate highly complex passwords for every site you use. PassCrypt is more secure than other password managers, given its decentralized nature. In a world where data security is of vital importance and more essential than ever before, PassCrypt is an essential tool for everyone.

Brandon Bryant: CEPS
Colin Small: CEPS
Angela Tidd: PAUL
Dylan Wheeler: CEPS & COLA
Faculty Advisor: Russell Miles

Pathlete provides athletes and coaches a practical online service to make the athletic recruitment process more accessible and effective to its participants. One of our core value propositions is its ability to minimize both the time coaches spend looking for potential recruits, and the time athletes spend looking for college athletic programs. Using machine learning and suggestive search, coaches are recommended athletes that are most likely to excel on their team, and athletes are recommended the most suitable athletic programs. Additionally, the platform allows athletes and coaches to seamlessly and securely communicate with one another. Pathlete uses algorithmic matching in fields of academics, athletic statistics and personal profile traits to help athletes get recruited and coaches develop stronger teams.

Joe Scheidler, COLA
Brandon Smith, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

The PerpetYOUlock™, is the first smart bike lock that provides a simple, easy and effective way for users to lock their bicycles with confidence.  The PerpetYOUlock™'s unique, highly secure, robust design makes it resistant to tampering or breaking while allowing the user to effortlessly lock their vehicle to most available structures. The lock also includes automatic defense features such as an audio alarm and remote tracking through the connected mobile application for greater ease of mind.

Jaiden Evarts, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Caitlin DeSoye 

pop[U]lace's goal is providing colleges and universities with a single software platform that allows university communities to easily purchase tickets, receive rewards for attending events, and save on long term costs. Using an agile development platform, pop[U]lace aims to eliminate crashes, downtime, and virtual waiting rooms; allowing community members to easily purchase tickets to and attend events. The main goal of pop[U]lace is to ease the ticket sales process, but we also strive to increase attendance at events (increase university ticket sales), increase foot traffic at on-campus retailers (increasing university retailer revenue) as well. Community members that attend events will receive point-based rewards that are issued by the university, at their discretion, and are redeemable at university retailers.

Jack Goss, PAUL
Andrew Grondin, PAUL
Keelan McCoole, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Kholekile Gwebu 

PurePierce has reinvented and revolutionized the cumbersome chore of maintaining a healthy, clean piercing. The company strives to provide a cleaner, less wasteful, and more convenient solution to cleaning new and/or existing ear and body piercings. The main product is a hand-held all-in-one piercing cleaning device which encloses around both sides of a piercing and provides a targeted saline soak without the user ever needing to touch, disturb, or remove their jewelry. It is small, can be used anytime, anywhere, and requires no external materials – eradicating the risks of micro-fibers from cotton balls or Q-tips getting stuck on the users’ jewelry and building up bacteria or causing irritations. Additional products which come with the initial customer’s purchase and can be bought separately include sterilized saline canister refills, unique to the piercing cleaning device with different soothing attributes, and sterilizable silicone cup inserts which come in different shaped openings for different types of piercings. Not only are PurePierce products the most convenient solution to piercing aftercare, but they make the best, most effective cleaning method possible on ultimately any type of ear or body piercing without the mess or wasting of saline solution, Q-tips, or cotton balls! Everyone should keep their piercings pure with PurePierce.

Nikki Swartz, CEPS & PAUL
Tyler Chapman, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Earle

Rolling Happy Corporation
Rolling Happy Corporation wishes to provide those with disabilities an equal opportunity to venture into the community with the help of our adaptive umbrella the Rolling Rain Repeller. This product will come up and over the top of a wheelchair to cover the user’s body as well as the side of the chair to prevent water from entering the chair. We hope to solve one less problem for wheelchair users so that their experience in the community can be stress free and safe.

Abby Lehner, COLA
Kathleen Stacey, PAUL
Can (Tracy) Xie, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Valentini Kalargyrou

SaniTrust delivers quantitative performance data to help improve the effectiveness of janitorial services.  Using modern biochemical technologies combined with a strong scientific approach, SaniTrust informs and consults clients in the hospitality industry to ensure that they are delivering a safe and healthy environment to their own customers and employees. Ultimately, this approach provides clients the assurance that they are meeting or exceeding the market expectations for customer satisfaction in their industry.

Andrew Ward, PAUL
Faculty Advisor: Ludwig Bstieler

SurveySwarm is a swarm of rugged, autonomous rovers that can be utilized to survey land as a replacement for manpower. In addition to surveying, the swarm can also be used to monitor soil quality and search for resources such as radioactive ore. SurveySwarm provides a cost-effective and efficient way to accomplish these tasks without human interaction. The swarm, comprised of 15 rovers, is offered through a leasing program with varying lease length options. SurveySwarm also collects $0.01 per every square foot that each rover covers in a given job. Throughout the duration of the lease, we will provide complimentary technical and repair support as needed. In addition to our leasing model, SurveySwarm will be capable of creating customized units for specific jobs that can be purchased through direct sales. These rovers will vary in cost depending on what sensors/systems are necessary for the job.

Jacob Branchaud, CEPS 
Connor Courtwright, PAUL
James Holden, CEPS 
Shelby Strickland, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Mey-Win Thein

Telluric Surf
The first surfboards were simple planks, hewn from sacred trees, ripe with ritual and respect. Petroleum based surfboards have allowed surf culture to flourish, at the expense of the very notions from which it was created. Until now. Telluric translates to ‘of earth as a planet’. Our current prototype is cost competitive compared to the typical mass-produced surfboard, all while replacing petroleum based foam with a natural alternative. Future models will incorporate our seaweed-based material which is currently under development. By sourcing only non-toxic biodegradable materials directly from marine environments, Telluric Surf allows surfers to regain their roots. Of earth, for the earth.

Neil Mistretta, CEPS
Faculty Advisor: Ivaylo Nedyalkov

UFood provides college students with prepared meals that can be paid for on a monthly or semesterly basis. UFood also provides students with non-perishable items. All items are shipped directly to students allowing them to eat healthy meals at home with none of the hassle involved with shopping and preparing their meals.

Nick Loconte PAUL
Francesca Lorusso PAUL
Matt Milward PAUL
Peter Wheatley PAUL
Faculty Advisor: John Ela

YouScheduler is a streamlined college course scheduling web-application.  Our product focuses on simplifying the process of building tentative schedules, by prompting students to input their courses, personal preferences, and breaks.  The breaks are completely customizable, allowing the user to section time for lunch, work, and any other commitments. Within seconds, up to 25 schedules are displayed with the professors, locations, restrictions, and CRNs providing all information required for registration.

Kristian Comer, CEPS 
Francesco Alessandro Stefano Mikulos-Borsoi, CEPS 
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

Judge Bios

High Growth Track - Room 165

Duncan Craig ’01
Justin Jarvis
Inge Milde
Mike Morneault
Louisa Proctor
Moderator- Keon Burns, MBA Student

High Tech Track - Room 175

Mike Aldous ‘11G
Kate Castle
Andrea Kokolis ’73, ‘77G
Sebastian Titz ‘08G
Moderator- Steve Titus, MBA Student

Sustainability Track - Room 185

Todd Boucher ’03
Yvon Durant ‘96G
Cole Jaillet ‘14
Bradley Russel
Moderator- Kelly Randall, MBA Student

Hospitality & Service Solutions Track - Room G85

Eric Goodwin
Maria Proulx ‘99
Mike Somers
Larry Spera
Beth Stueck
Moderator- Heidi Lelke, MBA Student

Runoff Round - UNH ECenter

Nadine Farag
Sherif Farag
Lindsey Hayes
John Pelaggi
​​Alec Rooney
Glen Shwaery ‘94G
Moderator- Alexandra Barone, MSA Student

About the Benefactor

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.