Championship Round

Paul J. Holloway Prize celebrating 30 years

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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 33rd annual Paul J. Holloway Prize Competition.

 registration for 2021 has closed 

Information on the 2022 competition will be added as the event nears.

2021 Schedule

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 2021 Paul J. Holloway 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

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.

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- Runner-up!
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