The 2021 Championship round will be live-streamed for public viewing. Prior to the event, those who have registered will receive the link via email.
Holloway Prize Competition
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Come see UNH’s top student entrepreneurs and innovators pitch their business plans to a panel of industry-leading judges in the 33rd annual Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition. We know you’re likely tired of virtual meetings and webinars so we’re keeping this year’s competition as close to the original as possible. While the audience will be virtual, the event is being broadcast live from the Paul College auditorium, where the student teams will present their business plans from the stage in a professionally filmed production. $30,000+ is at stake, with the winning team taking home $15,000 to launch their business to the next level. Audience members also will have a pivotal role in choosing the People’s Choice award-winning team.
*The championship round will be live-streamed and the link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event
Vote in the People's Choice Award!
Help your favorite team take home an extra cash prize! 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 will open on May 12 at noon and close on May 13 at 3:15 p.m.
Entries were narrowed down to 21 teams that competed at the Bud Albin Challenge Round on April 23. From there, the top 6 teams were chosen to compete in the virtual championship round for the top prize of $15,000!
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. Farified- Runner-up
1:25 p.m. SPAITR- 1st Place
1:45 p.m. HallHub- 2nd Place
2:05 p.m. Break
2:10 p.m. LyfeStyle- Runner-up and People's Choice
2:30 p.m Clever Cart- Runner-up
2:50 p.m. Mongo- 3rd Place
3:10 p.m. Break
3:20 p.m. Winning Teams Announced and 2020 and 20201 Entrepreneurs of the Year recognized
$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
Clever Cart- Runner-up!
Clever Cart is an Augmented Reality Navigation and Advertising Platform that
empowers customers, retailers, and marketers to benefit from the most advanced AR retail application ever created. Clever Cart is first and foremost a reinvention of in-store advertising with the mission of helping Grocers across the country.
Seth Gunter, Paul College (Hometown: Amherst, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Sohl
Farified provides individuals with food allergies and dietary restrictions real-time information about what foods can be eaten based on individual profiles. Through the Farified app. users will receive personalized actionable intelligence regarding dining locations, food choices, and ingredient changes. Farified is dedicated to reducing large number of adverse, sometimes fatal, food reactions and empower a community of people to make informed decisions regarding food safety.
Madison Smith, CHHS (Hometown: Moultonborough, NH)
Ann-Marie Kolberg, Paul College (Hometown: Delmar, NY)
Faculty Advisor: Jeff Sohl
HallHub- 2nd Place!
HallHub is a "Digital" Residence Hall that elevates campus communities, helping universities stay relevant in a rapidly changing world.
Nicolas Camara, CEPS (Hometown: San Paulo)
Garrett Frohman, CEPS (Hometown: Hudson, NH)
Caleb Peffer, CEPS (Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant
LyfeStyle- Runner-up and People's Choice!
LyfeStyle is a free-to-download smartphone application which informs consumers on what activities and events are in their desired area. Utilizing the LyfeStyle app will not only benefit consumers, but businesses will be able to update their events seamlessly. All B2C businesses are supported by giving them an all in one platform to advertise. The application supports consumers' ability to be educated on any upcoming and current events that match their lifestyle or wants. Whether that be dining, entertainment, shopping or anything in between, after this pandemic everyone will be looking for an exciting night out away from their household.
Gavin Thibodeau, Paul College (Hometown: Westford, MA)
Jack Kelly, Paul College (Hometown: Wyndmoor, PA)
Justin Szabo, Paul College (Hometown: Tolland, CT)
Faculty Advisor: Bruce Pfieffer
Mongo- 3rd Place!
Mongo is new sustainable plant-based protein derived from mung beans that is high in protein, fiber and antioxidants. Mongo is versatile as it can be incorporated into stir-fry’s, wraps, scrambles and smoothies.
Jessica Nelson, Paul College (Hometown: Deerfield, NH)
Faculty Advisor: Ian Grant
SPAITR- 1st Place!
With SPAITR™, players and coaches can see the speed of their shot, the angle of release, and the number of reps that were taken during practice or play sessions. Coaches can hold players accountable as well as see minute details about practice sessions and games. SPAITR™ is not only a platform for viewing growth and distinct play statistics, it is also a social platform that can allow players to share their improvements, participate in team and national leaderboards, as well as interact with their teammates. Parents and relatives can also see their youth’s progress in a way that allows them to interact actively with their child's growth, in a level of detail that was previously impossible.
Brayden Esmaili, CEPS (Hometown: Wilmont, NH)
Nathaniel Hunt, COLA (Hometown: Rochester, NH)
Joey Neleber, CEPS (Hometown: Guilford, CT)
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 is a NACD Governance Fellow (National Association of Corporate Directors) and 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, Entrepreneur
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 the board of directors for the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Foundation. She is a founder of The Global Child, a school for street children in Cambodia.
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).
Linda Fanaras, CEO/Strategist
Linda is highly experienced in branding analysis, the development of integrated marketing campaigns, and the formulation of creative concepts for corporations, government and non-profits.
Her proficiency in transforming market research into powerfully branded, strategic marketing campaigns has exceeded goals for well-known brands. Formerly at RealWorld Corporation (currently Microsoft®), she has managed multi-million dollar budgets and complex marketing plans, and knows what it takes to develop and execute successful, concept-driven traditional and digital marketing campaigns that drive results. Linda is dedicated to the latest advancements in marketing, holding a board position on the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (AAAA) New England Governor’s Council, and membership in the AAAA Diamond Forum, which serves as a national collaboration team to develop best practices for agencies.
She was honored with Top-Women Led Businesses, one of the most Influential Business Leaders, Outstanding Women in Business, and the BBB Torch Awards. She is certified with the WBENC and as a WOSB. Linda serves as a featured guest national speaker on topics related to marketing.
She has a Bachelor of Science from Franklin Pierce University, and SNHU and Northeastern University for MBA and International Business Studies. She also holds a certified from the AMA Certification in Marketing Strategy.
Joe 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 $2.8-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.
Mike Pilot '84, Managing Director, SPUR Acquisitions
Mike is Managing Director of Spur Acquisitions, a private equity firm he cofounded to provide capital and leadership succession to small business owners seeking a liquidity event.
Prior to Spur, he spent 31 years at GE where he held several positions including Chief Commercial Officer of GE Capital, President of Sales and Marketing at NBC Universal, President and CEO of GE Equipment Finance Group and President and CEO of GE Capital Small Business Finance.
Mike received a BS in Business Administration from UNH in 1984. He currently serves on the University System of New Hampshire board of trustees and on the dean’s advisory council at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.
Andrew Earle, Holloway Competition Chair
2020 Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year
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!
2021 Paul J. Holloway Entrepreneur of the Year
Tom Moulton '77
Tom Moulton is the consummate entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience in successfully founding, leading, and growing companies. His business endeavors span a variety of industries, including manufacturing, real estate development, construction, and fitness.
Tom is presently the CEO and President of the Sleepnet Corporation, based in Hampton NH. Sleepnet is the designer and manufacturer of masks used for sleep disordered breathing and other ventilation needs. Using his patented AIRgel™ technology, the comfortable masks manufactured by Sleepnet help thousands of people around the world get a good night’s rest. More recently, Sleepnet developed an N95 respirator mask using the AIRgel™ technology, which was intended for use in the construction market. With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, Sleepnet’s reusable envo mask® has protected hundreds of thousands of front-line workers across the globe. The company has expanded its manufacturing capacity in Hampton, NH and has grown exponentially over the past year.
Tom is also the President of De Niro Construction, a building contractor he founded in 1987 that provides commercial and residential construction services to customers throughout northern New England. The company’s services include design-build, development, construction management and general contracting. He used his expertise in this arena to rebuild his UNH fraternity, Sigma Beta, from the ground up in 2010.
An active real estate investor, Tom owns several commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties in southern New Hampshire. He was one of the founding partners of Planet Fitness, using his expertise in construction and real estate to develop and open the first four PF gyms. He also serves as a director of the Northway Bank, headquartered in Berlin, NH and serving the Granite State.
Upon graduation from UNH in 1977 with a degree in Business Administration, Tom started his career working for the Fairview Machine Company, a family business founded in 1962 to provide contract precision manufacturing and assembly services to industry and government agencies. During this time, he served as the President of the Boston Chapter of the National Tool and Machining Association (NTMA) and as national committee chairman of various committees of the NTMA. After 10 years at Fairview Machine Company, ultimately serving as its President, he branched out to start a variety of businesses on his own.
Tom is a passionate philanthropist and active community advocate. He loves to play and coach hockey and was the Assistant Coach of the 2002 Gold Medal U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team. He is also a board member of the NH Legends of Hockey. He has served on the board of the UNH CEO Forum at the Paul College and hired and mentored many younger UNH alums. Tom lives in Rye, NH with his wife Dana and has two daughters, Rachel, and Cassie, a son-in-law, Michael, and a grandson, Charlie.
About the Benefactor
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.