Holloway Prize Winner: Philosophy student’s innovative idea wins top prize at business competition
Philosophy major and lacrosse player Nathaniel Hunt ’21 had an idea about four years ago: what if you could put a small device in the end of a lacrosse stick that would track diagnostic information, like the speed of a shot, the angle of a release and the number of reps completed during practice or play sessions. It would help lacrosse players improve their game and help coaches know what to focus on. Now that idea has become a budding reality.
Hunt took advantage of UNH’s E-Center to start developing his idea. There, he teamed up with College of Engineering and Physical Sciences collaborators Brayden Esmaili ’23 and Joey Neleber ’22. An E-Center seed grant allowed them to conceptualize the technology that they now call SPAITR™. They took their product idea to a national competition, e-Fest, where they were selected as a top 25 finalist and won a people’s choice award. Then, earlier this year, they brought it to Paul College’s annual Holloway Prize Competition, which recognizes students who conceptualize, develop and pitch the most compelling proposals to bring a product to market. There, they won first place and $15,000 to further develop their product. Click here to continue reading the story.