Scheduled to Win

YouScheduler takes top prize at 30th annual Holloway competition

Thursday, May 10, 2018
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YouScheduler teammates Kristian Comer and Francesco Mikulis-Borsoi pose with their faculty advisor, Ian Grant.

YouScheduler teammates Kristian Comer (right) and Francesco Mikulis-Borsoi (center) pose with their faculty advisor, Ian Grant.

We hope YouScheduler team members Kristian Comer ’20 and Francesco Mikulis-Borsoi ’20 have scheduled some time to celebrate now that they have won the 30th annual Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition and a $10,000 top prize.

The sophomore duo developed a class scheduling solution to address a common pain point students have when trying to schedule their courses for the semester: an efficient way to help them build in time for meals, part-time jobs and student teams or organizations, while still getting the classes they need. YouScheduler is currently being piloted at UNH, and according to Comer and Mikulis-Borsoi, the platform has received glowing endorsements from both students and university administrators, including John Kirkpatrick, UNH’s senior vice provost of student life and dean of students.

“I was just really impressed by the caliber of everyone who came out to the Holloway competition this year and presented.” 

PassCrypt, a password manager built on blockchain technology, took second place and the Lynn and Mike Marsh Award for the best business plan. PassCrypt consisted of team members Brandon Bryant ’18, Colin Small ’20, Angela Tidd ’18 and Dylan Wheeler ’19. The team of Joe Scheidler ’18 and Brandon Smith ’18 took third place for their idea, Pathlete, a system to help match underrecruited student athletes with the needs of college coaches.

The second annual Holloway Prize People’s Choice Award went to blended., a team consisting of Katelyn Smith ’18, Genevieve Wolfe ’18 and Christopher Rossi ’18, who pitched their idea for an experiential blended wine tasting and tapas bar.

said Max Miller ’20, a member of last year's winning team, Droppn. “Every single one of them was incredibly impressive, incredibly professional and the caliber and complexity of the ideas and the knowledge of each of the participants was amazing,” he said.  

To see the full results of the competition, visit paulcollege.unh.edu/holloway.

Photographer: 
Perry Smith | Freelance Photographer