NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge 2015

Keynote Speaker: Gary Hirshberg

The keynote address was delivered by one of our country’s most recognized social entrepreneurs, Gary Hirshberg co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm, the world's leading organic yogurt producer, and managing director of Stonyfield Europe. In recognition of his leadership of the organic movement and, more broadly, as one of the pioneers of the movement for socially and environmentally responsible business, UNH proudly honored Gary as Social Innovator of the Year. 

 

Community Track:

*=Presenters on Friday, 11/20

Student Track:

*=Presenters on Friday, 11/20

First Prize

ValChoice

Dan Karr, Bedford, NH

https://www.valchoice.com
Valchoice is an analytics company founded to protect consumers from auto and home insurance companies that don’t deliver the protection and value they promised.

UPDATE: Since taking First Place in the Community Track of the 2015 Social Venture Innovation Challenge, ValChoice

  • Was selected to join the 2016 Alpha Loft Accelerate NH cohort
  • Won the Manchester Young Professionals startup challenge for $65,000 in cash and in-kind services
  • Won the Microsoft Bizspark Plus award worth over $120,000 in services
  • Was featured in a news video by the Associated Press that ran on news stations, nationwide
  • Was featured in the New York Times, front page of the business section

First Prize

Old Sol Music Hall

Matt Wilhelm*, UNH Graduate School, Masters of Public Administration

Old Sol Music Hall (OSMH) is a not-for-profit concert venue and community center in Downtown Manchester committed to building social capital for young professionals

Second Prize

Creole Ble

Asha Stuart*, Hooksett, NH

Creole Ble is a non-profit seafood supply chain micro-enterprise. They plan to create a sustainable seafood ecosystem that will provide all Haitian people with access to quality and affordable seafood products.

Second Prize

Connected C & D

Pia Marciano, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Junior

Amy LeBel, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Junior

Kendall Sebastian, UNH College of Liberal Arts, Spanish & Business Administration, Senior

Justin Keefe, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Civil Engineering, Senior

Connected C&D plans to divert all ABC waste from landfills in the Greater Portsmouth area by establishing and maintaining connections with construction, demolition and recycling agencies.

 

Third Prize

UNH Solar Power for Schools

Katerina Messologitis*, Newmarket, NH (UNH Alum, 2015 & UNH Graduate Student (current))

Tegan O’Neill, Dover*, NH (UNH Alum, 2014 & UNH Graduate Student (current))

Zachary Angelini, Newmarket, NH (UNH Alum, 2014 & UNH Graduate Student (current))

Taygra Longstaff, Boulder, CO (UNH Alum, 2015)

Abygail Mangar, Boston, MA (UNH Alum, 2014)

UNH Solar Power of Schools (UNHSPS) plans to bring solar power to hundreds of students who currently lack access to electricity.

 

Third Prize

Project Oasis

Paige Balcom, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Senior

Sid Nigam, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering & International Affairs, Senior

Kendre Rodriguez, UNH Paul College of Business & Economics, Business Administration, Senior

Will Taveras*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Senior

Allison Wood*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Senior

Project OASIS plans to provide families with fresh vegetables and fish-based protein by developing a low cost, easily maintainable aquaponics system that runs on renewable energy.
 

Honorable Mention

RAD Health (Rural Area Diagnostics)

Vinjai Vale*, Exeter, NH

Divya Bade, Exeter, NH

Abhijay Bhatnagar*, Exeter, NH

Connie Cai, Exeter, NH

Gillian Chu, Exeter, NH

RAD Health aims to improve the efficiency of primary care by bringing the doctor’s office to the patient. Through this, patients will receive increased accessibility and doctors and nurses will be able to see more patients per day.

 

Honorable Mention

Road Recycle

Alyssa Aligata, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences , Environmental Engineering, Senior

Sydney Crogan*, UNH Paul College of Business & Administration, Business Administration, Senior

Micaela Guglielmi, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Senior

Alexa Mack*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences , Environmental Engineering, Senior

 

Road Recycle plans to buy unwanted sand byproduct from foundry companies and sell it to construction companies to use as road base. This would be beneficial to the surrounding communities, as well as eliminate the amount of sand currently going into landfills as waste.

 

New England Fishmongers

Amanda Parks*, Dover, NH (UNH Alum, 2014)

New England Fishmongers plans to revive the fishing markets and start guaranteeing fishermen a fair price for their seafood by selling fish directly to restaurants.
 

NH Food Donation Network

Catherine Gagne*, UNH Manchester, MBA

Danielle Barrick, UNH Manchester, MBA

Sayed Mizan*, UNH Manchester, MBA

NH Food Donation Network aims to connect organizations that have excess food with organizations that feed the hungry.
 

The Nottery

Rob Cinq-Mars*, Lee, NH

The Nottery’s goal is to provide low to moderate income wage earners with an alternative to gambling and encourage savings and investment in locations they frequent.

Liquinet

Tom Gerhard, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Junior

Melissa Gloekler*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Senior

Ian Goering, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences , Mechanical Engineering, Sophomore

Adam Moskal, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences , Environmental Engineering Senior

Jesse Ross*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences , Environmental Engineering, Junior

LiquiNet is a B-Corp startup that is working to address the problem of sustainable water monitoring systems. Their current focus is to develop a local test base facility to perfect their system before implementing it in Uganda.

 

Solar Seat

Tom Giancola*, Salem, NH (UNH Alum, 2015)

Tyler Loranger (UNH Alum, 2015)

Solar Seat aims to provide students and members of the community with comfortable and convenient outdoor work spaces that utilize solar panels to provide convenient access to solar-generated electricity.

MyNet: Safety and Support for Survivors

Jonathan Cleary, UNH Manchester, Computer Information Systems, Junior

Britta Ekdahl*, UNH College of Health and Human Services, Master of Social Work

Maryjean Emerson*, UNH Manchester, Computer Information Systems, Senior

Celine Guedj, UNH College of Liberal Arts, Sociology/Justice Studies, Sophomore

Josh Young, UNH Manchester, Computer Science & Entrepreneurship, Sophomore

MyNet aims to develop an app for smartphones that would be a tool in the fight against sexual assault on college campuses. Their goal is to increase awareness and help buffer the impact of this social problem.

 

Whitespace

Tom Giancola, Salem, NH (UNH Alum, 2015)

Whitespace is aiming to connect millions of people across the developing world to broadband internet for the first time by using new technology that is a third of the cost of fiber optic networks.

Sustainable Engineers

Tyler Kane*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Senior

Trina Lafata, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Junior

Joanna Lewis*, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Junior

Kyle Poodiack, UNH College of Engineering & Physical Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Senior

Sustainable Engineers and their product, the Streamline eliminates the problem of plastic pollution by using vending stations which dispense powdered forms of our favorite drinks into reusable bottles provided by the consumer.