NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge 2013

Community Track:

Student Track:

First Prize: $4,200

Agua Inc.

Bret Steiman (Durham, NH)
Kris Roller
Pedro Thomas Delgado Ortiz

First Prize: $4,200

PLAN: The Post-Landfill Action Network

Alex Freid (Political Science/Philosophy, Lee, NH)
Tyler Loranger
Sophie Rathjen

Agua Inc. has worked with experts around the world to create a proprietary system where contaminated water enters into treatment ponds. Specialized floating plants create micro-ecosystems where pathogens and contaminants are removed. The goal is to help the one billion people who struggle each day without access to clean water.

PLAN: The Post-landfill Action Network is a membership organization that provides student groups on college campuses tools to reduce the amount of reusable items that end up in the landfill through self-sustaining move-out waste reduction programs. PLAN's income is generated through membership fees, paid by campuses for access to planning assistance and discounted services.

Second Prize: $2,000

Senergy Solar

Bob Lambert (Portsmouth, NH)
Pat Jackson
Dan Lambert
Matt Doubleday

Second Prize: $2,000

HYdration for Dominican Republic with Agua TEam (HYDRATE)

Emily Carlson (Ocean Engineering, Durham, NH)
Ransom Horner-Richardson
Harrison Roakes

Senergy is an innovative solar energy financing company. Using crowd funding strategies, Senergy Solar purchases solar energy systems and locks in 7 to 20 year Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with municipalities and 501(c)(3)s to provide smooth, reliable, long term budgeting of energy consumption at a below market rate.

HYDRATE is a not-for-profit run by a group of volunteers who are in charge of building the water treatment systems and helping communities find financing for the project. HYDRATE's sustainable business model allows communities to purchase the drinking water system through a micro-loan that can be paid off by the re-allocation of their existing annual drinking water budget.

Third Prize: $1,000

Nearby Registry

Allison Grappone (Concord, NH)
Alyssa Buckley
Gina Grappone

Third Prize: $1,000


Toby Dewhurst (Mechanical Engineering, Dover, NH)
Dan Savage

The mission of the Nearby Registry is to promote independent businesses in a new way so that they can maintain their market share, capture a portion of online sales, and boost the local economy. Nearby Registry utilizes the multiplier effect of local sales to create a healthier community for businesses and community members alike.

ThoughtSoko will connect the millions of people around the globe that lack the platform to turn their intelligence and creativity into sustenance with employers willing to pay for brainpower. This micro-employment will crowdsource both the creative and selection processes, leveraging the ever-increasing role of the mobile phone in developed and developing countries.


A Woven Thread

Katherine Berube (Concord, NH)
Bethany Seremet


Containing Homelessness

Zachary Howard (Business Administration, Durham, NH)

A Woven Thread (AWT) is a social business that provides wrap around solutions to address the needs of financial stability, mental and emotional wellness, and positive local, national, and international community building. Newly arrived refugee women operate AWT as a holistic, self-sustaining support system by creating and selling recycled sari silk scarves.

Containing Homelessness is an innovative, eco-friendly home building company that utilizes excess shipping containers to provide low cost, environmentally friendly homes to families around the world. Containing Homelessness aims to invest its profits from the sale of residential homes to create simplified shipping container homes for low-income families.

Better Future Alliance

Stuart Arnett (Concord, NH)
Hunter Ulf


Nathaniel Brown (Mechanical Engineering, Lyme, NH)
David Desaulniers

The Better Future Alliance (BFA) is an L3C created by several subject-matter experts in sustainable community design and economic development. By utilizing the tools that BFA has developed, needy communities can turn liabilities into assets, provide their existing citizenry with new, sustainable opportunities, retain and enhance their cultural sites, and realize their Better Future.

Foody is a social enterprise that bolsters local food markets by providing small-scale farmers with access to web-based sales, marketing tools, account services, and delivery logistics. The web-based business model of Foody will decrease transaction costs in local food markets which in turn creates greater sales for farmers and lower costs for consumers.

Focused Sustainability

John Clifford (Madbury, NH)
Nick Isaak

Micro Loan Network

Ethan Ash (Business Administration, Nottingham, NH)
Jonathan Malatesta
Marcus Chase

The vision of Focused Sustainability is to have a closed-loop, sustainable solution which simultaneously addresses the issue of large amounts of food waste being sent to landfills, as well as the lack of fresh, whole, non-processed foods readily available to people in low-income areas. Focused Sustainability will collect food waste, process it into compost, and then use the compost to grow fresh produce indoors, year-round.

The Micro-Loan Network is a fun and engaging online gaming platform that uses market-based incentives to provide real-time loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Web and social-media gaming provides a popular platform that generates online and mobile advertising revenue, all of which will be used to further the Micro-Loan Network's goal of economic development amongst impoverished nations.

Green Alliance

Jim Cavan (Portsmouth, NH)
Sarah Brown
Tricia Dinkel

Sustainably Reclaimed

Sean Michalski (Business Administration & Sustainability, Manchester, NH)

The Green Alliance connects over 200 "green" businesses to more than 3,000 like-minded consumers through a network that bolsters the local economy. This unique partnership creates incentives for businesses to "go green" while consumers can "save green" on locally sourced goods and services.

Sustainably Reclaimed solves the problem of a surplus of housing in the U.S, as well as deforestation in South Asia by deconstructing, demolishing and removing eye-sore abandoned properties and reusing the wood and other materials to create furniture for sale in the U.S. market, also creating jobs in high unemployment areas.


Samuel Boduch (Barrington, NH)
Amy Crosby

The Securitization Solution

Bryan Merrill (Political Science & International Affairs, Londonderry, NH)

ReRootEd, LLC, a local food aggregation and farm branding company that envisions a vibrant Seacoast agricultural economy in which restaurateurs, grocers, hospitals and schools have easy access to locally grown food. ReRootEd provides financial and organizational assistance to farmers, as well as transparency in the supply chain to ensure seamless distribution to restaurants and other buyers.

The Securitization Solution's purpose is to securitize microfinance loans in an effort to alleviate poverty through an approach similar to that utilized by the oft-reviled financial institutions of Wall Street. The Securitization Solution strives to provide financial services to 1.4 billion people worldwide who seek to escape poverty, but need the opportunity to do so.