Seacoast NH Start-Up announces finalists

Seacoast NH Start-Up announces finalists

Five fledgling businesses move on to final round of business competition. Public invited to cheer on competitors at final judging event Thursday, November 5

ROCHESTER, NH – Organizers of Seacoast NH Start-Up 2015 have announced the five finalists that will vie for a $25,000 prize package of cash and in-kind services on Thursday, November 5. The finalists are: Adasko Enterprises LLC, EasyImpact, PickUp Patrol, Ready to Relo and Vera Roasting Company.

The businesses were chosen from a field of more than 30 entries submitted, and the winner will chosen at a Shark Tank-style event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 5 at the Frisbie Memorial Hospital Conference / Education Center, 11 Whitehall Road in Rochester. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the contestants; reservations are available at bit.ly/Start-Up-15-Eventbrite. The winning start-up or business plan will receive a prize package that includes cash and in-kind services valued at $25,000 or more.

“This is a strong group of competitors this year, and the products and concepts they are pitching really cover the gamut,” said Karen Pollard, manager of Rochester NH Economic Development. The 2015 competitors will make pitches for a range of business ideas from a household product for grilling enthusiasts and a health beverage for coffee lovers to apps to keep kids safe, help match employers with new talent and increase local business investments.

This is the third year that Rochester has hosted the event. It was founded to draw attention to the strong growth potential and supportive business environment of New Hampshire’s Seacoast region.

Seacoast Start-Up 2015 is organized by the Rochester Department of Community & Economic Development and the Alpha Loft, based in Portsmouth, Manchester and Durham. Bank of New Hampshire, with offices throughout the Seacoast region, is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Albany International; Great Bay Community College; Liberty Mutual Insurance; Lydall; SmartATI Construction; Shaheen, Gordon, P.A.; and Agagnost Companies.  Dumont Property Group, Leone, McDonnell & Roberts and Rochester Chamber of Commerce are some of the in-kind sponsors. For more information, contact the Rochester Division of Community & Economic Development, 603-335-7522 or visit www.seacoastnhstartup.com   

# # #