2016 High School Track

In 2016, the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise hosted a pilot high school track for the Social Venture Innovation Challenge. Forty individuals on nine teams from three schools participated in the program. Each team presented their ideas, which ranged from food waste and food insecurity to sexual violence to renewable energy, to a special panel of judges on November 15, 2016 at the University of New Hampshire.   We continue to pilot the High School track in 2017.  

We are incredibly grateful to Phillips Exeter Academy, Portsmouth High School, and The Derryfield School for their vision and their partnership on this pilot program.

The Lucky Stop - First Place

A socially minded food truck targeting food insecurity and food waste by operating as a sustainable truck & mobile soup-kitchen.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes, Community Service Coordinator
Team Members: Katarina Cucullo, Melissa Lu, Joanna Papadakis, Maya Pierce


Open the Box - Second Place (tied)

Website informing parents of media which promotes gender equality.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell, Dean of Faculty and Academic Program
Team Members: Gabi Brummett, Madi Kochanek, Chrissy Smith, Paige Voss

PHS Changemakers - Second Place (tied)

Utilizing solar energy to create a way of capturing runoff water for use of combating drought in communities.
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisor: Dana Gray, Social Studies Teacher
Team Members: Harrison Flagg, Hannah Madden, Thomas Reed, Travis Raynolds, Jonah Snyder



Machine learning software that can detect trash and litter in images of a beach. It will be used on a fleet of autonomous rovers.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes, Community Service Coordinator
Team Members: Abhijay Bhatnagar, Aivant Goyal, Gautam Ramesh, Stuart Rucker, Vinjai Vale


Allows consumers to easily donate gift cards with leftover money to be pooled together and donated to those in need.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes, Community Service Coordinator
Team Members: Nick Hall, Javante McCoy, Stone Sulley, Peter Chinburg
*Chosen to be a finalist in the 2016 SVIC Community Track

Latrine Team Uganda

Incentive to use latrines in order to create clean water.
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell, Dean of Faculty and Academic Program
Team Members: Chris Benson, Harrison Mahan, Spencer Neville,  Lauren Rohlfs, Richie Tarpey


Portsmouth Team 1

A student-run donation center that will collect and distribute used school supplies to students in need across the district.
School: Portsmouth High School
Faculty Advisor: Tiffany D’Amour, Business Educator/ PHS Business Club – Advisor
Team Members: Haily Blodgett, Jack Finneral, Nikos Raftopoulous, Caelan Toar


Shipping Homes

Recycling and collecting old tools, so that they can be donated and later used by students to learn basic building and repair skills.
School: Phillips Exeter Academy
Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Reyes, Community Service Coordinator
Team Members: Peter Chinburg, Kyle Copeland, Joe Edell, Gustavo Santos


Sol Connection

Solar Gardens in NH to reduce Climate Change
School: The Derryfield School
Faculty Advisor: Brent Powell, Dean of Faculty and Academic Program
Team Members: Alex Alfano, Sam Anderson, Shannon Chen, Victor Li, Johnny Zhang


2016 High School Judging Panel

Victoria Dutcher
Vice President for Enrollment Management, University of New Hampshire

Victoria Dutcher became Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of New Hampshire in June 2015. Reporting directly to the President, she is responsible for undergraduate and graduate enrollment across all three UNH campuses, including the admissions office, financial aid, the registrar’s office and institutional research. Throughout her 25-year career in college and university enrollment Dutcher has worked with more than 100 institutions across the U.S. as well as two in Canada and two in Europe in strategic enrollment management. After establishing successful enrollment track records in full-time campus positions, she entered the consulting field 15 years ago, eventually becoming vice president of consulting services at Noel-Levitz and then president of Williams and Company. Over the last 15 years as a consultant, Dutcher successfully led numerous enrollment efforts that reduced budget deficits, increased applicant pools and yield, and helped meet or exceed a variety of institutional goals. She has also served as the chief enrollment officer at several institutions during leadership transitions. Dutcher earned her bachelor of arts in marketing and management from Siena College and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Image of Alex FriedAlex Freid
Founder & Director, Post-Landfill Action Network

Alex Freid is the Founder and Director of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a national nonprofit network of student leaders working towards zero waste. Currently, PLAN works directly with 80+ campuses across the country on student-led zero waste initiatives. Alex graduated with Honors from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy. There, he founded the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which has diverted over 150 tons of waste on campus and became the first student-led, self-sustaining program of its kind in the country. In 2014 PLAN won the Entrepreneurs Foundation of NH AMP Grant Challenge. Alex has won the Brower Youth Award, the Udall Environmental Leadership Scholarship, the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, and was named NH’s 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Alex was the winner of the College track of the SVIC in 2013!


Img of Liz GratLiz Gray
Director of Entrepreneurship, NH Business Finance Authority

Liz Gray currently serves as the state’s Director of Entrepreneurship and leads the Live Free and Start initiative.  Liz draws on her experience in public policy and project management to drive Live Free and Start’s agenda and work to make New Hampshire an even better place for innovation based  businesses to start, connect and succeed.  Originally from New York, Liz came to the University of New Hampshire for college, fell in love with the Granite State and decided to stay. Liz is drawn to public service and state government. She started her career working for Governor Jeanne Shaheen, followed by time with the New Hampshire State Senate and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.  During Governor John Lynch’s administration Liz served as his policy advisor for workforce and economic development. Liz is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs and a Master in Public Administration.  She also serves on the UNH Manchester Advisory Board, New Hampshire Economic Development Association Board of Directors, and Symphony NH Concord Advisory Committee.


Image of Matt WilhelmMatt Wilhelm
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Old Sol Music Hall

A music industry and social sector professional, Matt served two terms as a City Year AmeriCorps member, receiving the Governor’s Spirit of New   Hampshire Award for National Service and co-leading the development of Concert Corps, a Bill & Hillary Clinton National Service Innovation Award-winning initiative designed to leverage the power of the live music community to create hands-on service impact. He went on to join the founding teams of ServeNext and Calling All Crows, leading grassroots volunteer engagement for both organizations. Matt serves as tour manager/lighting director for the band Dispatch and will receive his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire in September 2017. He and his wife, Jody, live in Manchester with their two children. Matt and his organization, Old Sol Music Hall, were the 2015 winners of the SVIC College track!