2012 Winner: GearFreedom is an outdoor sports equipment rental company designed for users looking to participate in outdoor adventures without the need of purchasing, storing and maintaining bulky sporting gear such as kayaks, bikes, or skis. GearFreedom offers a solution for those looking to participate in sporting activities through an online marketplace where local and regional gear rental shops are centralized, making it easy for a user to Research, Reserve and Rent gear. GearFreedom was founded by Mike Veilleux of Manchester, NH. www.gearfreedom.com.
2011 Winner: NEARBY Registry is an online e-commerce and gift registry service for local, independently run retail merchants, service providers and nonprofits. Making it possible for your favorite local shops to offer a collaborative gift giving experience! The main goal of NEARBY is to keep money in local economies. NEARBY was founded by Allison Grappone of Concord, NH. Learn more at www.nearbyregistry.com.
2010 Winner: Play@Work MYPN awarded $25,000 to Play@Work – a concept to help parents use telecommuting technology to spend more time with their children during the work day while still remaining productive employees. It was developed by Melissa Gardner and Katie McQuaid Cote; two parents who experience the guilt and frustration of having full-time jobs outside of the home.
2009 Winner: Float Left Labs & Alternative Fuels and Technologies: In the inaugural year of the Challenge, two $25,000 prizes were awarded to two emerging companies —Float Left Labs, a media house connecting student developers and non-profits, and Alternative Fuels and Technologies, an early stage alternative energy company