Championship Round

Paul J. Holloway Prize celebrating 30 years

In line with UNH policy, the 2020 Championship round will not take place face-to-face.  Please direct any questions to

Holloway Prize Competition
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

This year’s 2020 Holloway Prize Championship will take place virtually on Wednesday, May 6, with a limited audience. We will miss seeing you in person, but will be recording the  award ceremony and will make it available so you can watch on the Holloway Prize Competition Channel.

But before the championship, you can vote for your favorite team in the People's Choice Award and help them take home an extra $1,000! Watch the 1 minute “elevator pitches” for each team’s innovative business idea and vote for your favorite team! Make your vote count twice by also voting on our Instagram story @unhpaulcollege. Voting ends at 3:30 p.m. on May 6. Thank you for celebrating the achievements of our amazing students!

Entries were narrowed down to 20 teams that competed at the Bud Albin Challenge Round on April 17. From there, the top 6 teams were chosen to compete in the virtual championship round for the top prize of $10,000!

1 p.m. Competition Opening
Welcome by Holloway Competition Chair Andrew Earle

1:05 p.m. Judges Q&A with Student Entrepreneurs
1:05 p.m. HallHub
1:20 p.m. Kikori
1:35 p.m. SQN Capital Partners
1:50 p.m. Break
2:05 p.m. ecoText
2:20 p.m. SCRAPP
2:35 p.m. BuddyUp

3:30 p.m. People's Choice Winner and Championship Round Winners Announced

Cash Awards
$10,000- 1st Place Team
$7,500- 2nd Place Team
$5,000- 3rd Place Team
$1,250- Runner-Up  Teams
$1,000- People's Choice Award Winner



BuddyUp- Runner-Up
BuddyUp is a wristband that allows swimmers to notify lifeguards and parents that they need help with the press of a button. The app enables lifeguards to pin point the swimmers location through the use of augmented reality. By decreasing the uncertainty in lifeguarding, BuddyUp allows swimmers to take water safety into their own hands. 

Jessica Nelson, Paul College (Hometown: Deerfield, NH)
Jamie Nelson, Paul College (Hometown: Deerfield, NH)
TJ Evarts, CEPS (Hometown: Londonderry, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

ecoText, Inc.- 2nd Place & People's Choice Award
Students and their families struggle every semester to cover the high “out of pocket” costs of college textbooks. ecoText’s mission is to reduce these financial obstacles to create opportunity through affordability. ecoText bridges the gaps between colleges, publishers, professors, and students by aggregating titles onto its online platform that is set to become the ultimate collaboration learning tool for students and professors.

Dylan Wheeler, CEPS & COLA (Hometown: Bow, NH)
Nelson Thomas, COLA (Hometown: Plainfield, NJ)
Rachel Yee, COLSA (Hometown: Brewster, NY)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

HallHub- Runner-Up
Transitioning into the college environment can be difficult for incoming freshman,who may feel lonely and intimidated without their family and friends. Hallhub connects dorm residents with their RA’s, fostering meaningful relationships between residents and the hall community.  RA’s can notify users of upcoming socials, release polls, and address concerns conveniently from their mobile device.  

Nick Camara, CEPS  (Hometown: Sao Paolo, Brazil)
Caleb Peffer, CEPS  (Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

Kikori- 1st Place
Kikori is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that supports educators in transforming their classrooms through experiential education activities - so their students can transform the world. The benefits of experiential education and social emotional learning have been heralded in recent years as significantly improving academics, student well-being, and school climate. Kikori's easy-to-use digital platform aligns activities with curriculum, training, and impact measurement tools, supporting teachers in providing students with the whole-child education necessary to succeed inside and outside the classroom. 

Kendra Bostick, GRAD (Hometown: Manton, Michigan)
Bhavya Wadhwa, GRAD (Hometown: Delhi, India)
Gayathri Venkatasrinivasan, GRAD (Hometown: Chennai, India)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

SCRAPP- 3rd Place
Scrapp is a free-to-download, gamified, smartphone application which educates consumers and rewards individuals and institutions for recycling correctly. Utilizing the theory of behavioural economics, the Scrapp App enables consumers to change their behaviour around everyday recycling activities. Scrapp supports the consumer with immediate, positive feedback and empowers them to realize that many of the materials they may be throwing away are, in fact, a valuable resource. 

Mikey Pasciuto, CEPS (Hometown: Burlington, MA)
Daniel Marek, CEPS (Hometown: Ashland, UK)
Evan Gwynne Davies, CEPS (Hometown: Andover, UK)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant

SQN Capital Partners- Runner-Up
SQN Capital Partners is a financial services venture which aims to deliver a sustainable and effective capital formation solution to address the structural problems inherent to the existing higher-education finance industrial complex; SQN’s core offering – the SQN Income-Share Agreement, or ISA – provides a sophisticated alternative to the antiquated portfolio of solutions available to American students today, which are reliant on a debt-capital funding model. Our ISAs – with a structure most closely analogous to that of preferred share equity – allow students to source capital via a financial instrument which more effectively accounts for the risks inherent to investment in their post-secondary educational pursuits. Similarly, the SQN ISA platform also offers investors the opportunity to place capital in an ESG compliant investment vehicle, comprised of securitized portfolio of ISAs and which delivers attractive risk-adjusted returns on their capital with ultra-low correlation coefficients to broader-market volatility events. 

Cameron Horack, Paul College (Hometown: Beverly, MA)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant


Bob Dakin '77
Founder and Principal, BD Consulting

Bob Dakin is a highly accomplished, multi-channel, international, senior level retail leader, with a track record of delivering high quality sales growth with exceptional shareholder returns. He is the founder and principal of BD Consulting, a consulting practice focused on retail, digital commerce and a seamless customer experience.

He had direct P&L responsibility at Calvin Klein for a $725 million global retail business trading in 40 countries with more than 1,450 retail locations.

He has played a key role building some of the world’s most iconic brands, as SVP at Calvin Klein, SVP at JJill, EVP at Brooks Brothers, SVP at Ann Taylor and RVP at Lord & Taylor.

Bob is known for his outstanding operating skills and ability to identify and leverage new industry trends and market shifts. He has extensive expertise developing high-level business strategy and execution plans. He is experienced with turning around difficult or underperforming businesses.

Currently, Bob is a Senior Advisor at XRCLABS, an innovation accelerator for the next generation of disruptors in the retail and consumer goods sector. XRCLABS is a joint venture with Parsons School of Design and Harvard University innovation lab.

Bob also serves on the Board of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at The University of New Hampshire.

Bob is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Jackie Eastwood

Jackie Eastwood is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who has lived in Durham for the past 20 years. She has a successful track record not only in business, but in education, having started a successful school in Cambodia and having worked recently with several UNH-affiliated entities.

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 Cardio Care, Medtronic Bio-Medicus and VP Corporate Development. Prior to Medtronic, Eastwood was director of sales & marketing for Impra, Inc. and area manager for Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Eastwood has served on a number of private and public company boards. She currently is a member of the University System of New Hampshire’s board of trustees and is Chairman of board of directors for the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation. She is a founder of The Global Child, a school for street children in Cambodia, and also chairman of the board of Quatic Apparel, a privately-held company based in Troy, N.Y., that makes and markets proprietary inflatable life vests. She also has served on a number of private and public company boards.

Eastwood is the recipient of numerous awards for her contributions in entrepreneurial and technology initiatives. They include an honorary associates degree in liberal arts, Great Bay Community College (2015); Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, New England –Medical Devices (2004); Judge for Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2005-2009); NH High Tech Council Finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year (2006); and Keynote Speaker for the MassMEDIC Annual Investors Conference (2007).

Joseph G. Morone
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, University System of New Hampshire

Joseph G. Morone served as president and CEO of Albany International Corp. from 2005 to 2018. Albany, a public company (NYSE:AIN) with a $2.4-billion market cap, serves the aerospace and paper industries.

Before joining Albany International, Morone served as president of Bentley University for eight years, and before Bentley, as dean and professor at the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Keyworth Company, a consulting firm that specialized in technology management and science policy; GE’s Corporate Research and Development Center; and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Morone is the chairman of the board of trustees of the University System of New Hampshire and a member of the board of trustees of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. He previously served on numerous boards, including Albany International (chair of the governance committee), Transworld Entertainment Corporation (lead director), and Tufts Medical Center (chair).

Morone holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in political science. His publications include Winning in High-Tech Markets (Harvard Business School Press), and The Demise of Nuclear Power: Lessons for Democratic Control of Technology (Yale University Press) with E. Woodhouse.b


Andrew Earle
Holloway Competition Chair 

Andrea Kokolis '73, '77G

Andrea Kokolis has spent her career in the technology sector, helping start-up and early stage companies develop and achieve growth objectives and execute against exit strategies. She has been involved in 15 mergers, acquisitions, and IPOs, where she has put programs in place to support these successful exits. Most of her career has tracked the pattern of “join early, scale, and exit.” She is currently consulting with several startups where she is focused on developing investment opportunities, and is mentoring several entrepreneurs.

In her career, Kokolis has sought out smaller companies with strong product potential, and has been key in sourcing and developing the necessary talent to support whole product development and release. Her special skills have led to hiring highly skilled management teams -- she quips “that a product can be great, but without the right team to sell and support it, success won’t come.” From her perspective, the right management team is as critical as the right product/market fit.

Most recently, Kokolis was a key management team member in the following companies which achieved successful exits including Newforma, Granite Systems, NuMega Technologies, and Powersoft. Kokolis currently teaches at UNH in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics MBA program, and also teaches in the Grossman School of Business at the University of Vermont. In the past, she has taught additional courses at UNH and at Southern New Hampshire University. She currently serves as an advisor to the student-run Rines Angel Fund, and is a long-time judge in the UNH Holloway Prize Competition. She is an advocate of “giving back,” and frequently shares “lessons learned” with the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Kokolis is a UNH Wildcat, as are her three sons, and has earned both her undergraduate and MBA degrees at UNH. She has volunteered many hours to UNH, and has also served on the UNH Alumni Board. And when she has spare time, she enjoys anything that allows her to be outside!

For 32 years, the Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition has celebrated the innovative ideas, research and market-driven solutions of students from public colleges and universities across New Hampshire. This year’s online competition adds new meaning to the term “innovation-to-market,” because it required each team to react quickly to transform their projects – many of which were already months in the making – into a virtual format.

As challenging as that was for our contestants, we know that businesses of every size and in every sector here in New Hampshire and around the world have also had to pivot to online operations during the COVID-19 crisis. In a dynamic world where new challenges in the areas of human health, the environment and financial markets can emerge seemingly overnight, innovative companies and leaders must be prepared to respond rapidly and in ways that position them for success in a new normal.

In creating their online presentations, the Holloway Prize competitors have shown remarkable persistence, resilience and teamwork, often working from home and with limited resources. They are great examples of how UNH creates opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom.

Our student competitors have benefitted throughout this experience from faculty mentors and staff who went above and beyond to support them. This competition could not happen without their dedication to student success. I would also like to thank our contest judges, who are industry leading innovators, entrepreneurs and problem solvers for our entire state.

In making this online experience possible, the Holloway Prize Competition gives our students hands-on, real-world experiences and great career opportunities. Congratulations to our contestants! Today, you are better prepared to tackle the world’s toughest challenges, and I am so proud of you.

I wish you and your families the very best of health and continued success.

James W. Dean Jr.

About the Benefactor

Paul J Halloway

PAUL J. HOLLOWAY is an accomplished and energetic business leader and a highly successful entrepreneur. A graduate of Temple University, he began his career in the automotive industry as a district manager of Buick Motor Division. In 1967, he invested all of his assets in a Buick-Pontiac dealership in Exeter, N.H., that had sold only 90 new and used cars the previous year, and renamed it Dreher-Holloway.

As he built the business into one of the largest dealerships in New Hampshire, Holloway always stressed customer service and client satisfaction. He has won numerous industry awards, including Time magazine “Quality Dealer of the Year.”

Holloway generously shares his knowledge and experience. As president of the 19,500 member National Automobile Dealers Association from 1998 to 1999, he worked to rebuild the trust between dealers and car manufacturers and took the lead on legislative matters for the organization, maintaining ties with key legislators in Washington.

In addition to his automotive enterprises, Holloway was a partner in the Clipper Nursing and Retirement Homes until he sold the business in 1997, and is presently an owner of the Wentworth Marina in New Castle, N.H.

Holloway has a strong commitment to public service. He has served as chair of the University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Board of Trustees and spearheaded fundraising programs at Temple University, Governor Dummer Academy, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and has been recognized for his work on behalf of education in the state. He has received the Robert Frost Contemporary American Award, the University of New Hampshire Alumni Association Profile of Service Award, the USNH Chancellor’s Award, and an honorary doctorate from the University of New Hampshire. Recent honors include the naming of Holloway Commons dining hall in recognition of significant contributions to the university’s programs. He also was selected as one of New Hampshire’s 10 most powerful people by Business NH Magazine and was awarded the David C. Knapp Award for Trusteeship by the New England Board of Higher Education.

Holloway has served as chair of the Community College System of New Hampshire and as a New Hampshire Lottery commissioner. He is a past member of the business school dean’s advisory board at the University of New Hampshire.

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