Winners Announced for Annual Innovative Idea Competition

Congratulations to the 2021 NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge Winners

The 9th annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge (SVIC) has concluded and we are pleased to announce the winning teams among nine finalist teams who advanced to the Final Round and presented live via webinar on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

We could not host this transformational learning experience for NH's students with out the support of our many partners - thank you!

Major supporters of the 2021 SVIC include Alnoba, Timberland and Kennebunk Savings; additional supporters include CCA Global Partners, Prime Buchholz, NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Maurice Prize for Innovation.

The SVIC is a collaborative, interdisciplinary event, organized at UNH's Changemaker Collaborative, a partnership of UNH's Sustainability Institute, the Peter T. Paul College of Business & Economics and the Carsey School of Public Policy. Additional collaborators include a record number of UNH faculty who embedded the SVIC into their fall courses, Ian Grant, Executive Director of UNH’s ECenter, who served as advisor to many teams who advanced to the Final Round, and Drew Bonfiglio, Co-Founder of Emzingo, who led an intensive credit-bearing human-centered design course for students entering the SVIC.


Congratulations to the 2021 SVIC Winning Teams!


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Daisy Burns, UNH 2024 | Economics: Sustainability and Public Policy 
Tim Sicard, UNH 2024 | Finance and Business Analytics 
Will Sargent, UNH 2024 | Mechanical Engineering 
Advisor: Ian Grant, Executive Director, ECenter 



Judges Award:
Best Articulated Problem

Apropos Energy 

Apropos Energy is a software company using video games to equip the next generation with the knowledge needed to tackle the world’s energy challenges. 

Samuel Mercer, UNH 2023 | Chemical Engineering 
Eli Duggan, UNH 2023 | Bioengineering 
Matt Libby, UNH 2023 | Chemical Engineering 
Henry Lavoie, UNH 2022 | Analytical Economics, German 
Ben Mackillop, UNH 2023 | Political Science, Economics 
Advisor: Ian Grant, Executive Director, ECenter 



Audience Choice Award:
First Place


FoodConnect is an app that will allow grocery stores to sell their excess food that would otherwise go to waste to low-income families in need.

Madeline Kayser, UNH 2023 | Business Administration, Management Option
Avery Harrison, UNH 2023 | Business Administration, Management Option
Peyton Kemp, UNH 2024| Business Administration, Finance Option
Advisor: Drew Bonfiglio, Co-founder, Emzingo



Audience Choice Award:
Second Place

Grey-t Water 

Grey-t Water is a greywater filtration system that recycles water from your shower and sink drains and redistributes it to your toilets. 

Emily Abrusci, UNH 2025 | Environmental Conservation and Sustainability 
Nathan Brennan, UNH 2025 | Business Administration 
Michael Hartmann, UNH 2025 | Business Administration 
Advisor: Ian Grant, Executive Director, ECenter 


Judges Awards:
Best Overall First-year Student Submission

& Most Impact Potential

Hidden Coast Aquaculture 

Hidden Coast Aquaculture is a kelp-farming venture that reduces pollution in the Great Bay Estuary while stimulating economic growth in the region. 

August Murray, UNH 2022 | Civil Engineering 
Dana Sher, UNH 2022 | Civil Engineering 
Meaghan Wiggin, UNH 2023 | Civil Engineering 
Devan Sack, UNH 2023 | Civil Engineering 
Advisor: Kyle Kwiatkowski, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Judges Award:
Most Impactful Story to
Engage Stakeholders

Audience Choice Award:
Third Place


TakeBack is a business that helps food vendors and take-out customers say “no” to single use plastics through subscription-based reusable take-out containers. 

Amanda Sun, Dartmouth College 2023 | Computer Science, Environmental Studies 
Allan Rubio, Dartmouth College 2023 | Biology, Computer Science 
Polly Chesnokova, Dartmouth College 2024 | Film and Media Studies 
Advisor: Benoit Cushman-Roisin, Professor of Engineering, Thayer School of Engineering 



Judges Award:
Most Financially Sustainable Solution


Tidan is a solar-powered, autonomous microplastic ocean vacuum that helps restore the environment and improve the health of marine and human life across the globe. 

Derek Bobbitt, UNH 2024 | Finance, Information Systems and Business Analytics 
Yevgenia Men, UNH 2024 | Bioengineering, Sustainability 
Kaiden Bedell, UNH 2024 | Mechanical Engineering 
Advisor: Ian Grant, Executive Director, ECenter 



Judges Award:
Most Original Innovation