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Thursday, September 27 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
PitchFork Challenge LIMITED

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The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship has offered a quarterly “PitchFork – Local Investing Monadnock Style” for two years.  PitchFork connects local investors with local entrepreneurs in a fun, informal networking pitch venue.  This Radically Rural PitchFork will offer a $10,000 cash prize for one talented entrepreneur as well as a $1,000 prize for a best idea.  Join in on the excitement and we will share the “operating manual” on how to run one in your community.  Winners will be announced at the CONNECT event in the evening.

Finalists are...
Business Track: Mill Hollow Works, Elm City Compost Initiative, NH Tap, Machina Arts, Frisky Cow Farm Products, and Butcher Pete's Mobile Meat

Idea Track: Juan Rsario, John Anderson, Brenna Morris, and Katherine & Kim O'Neill

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Clay Adams

President, Mascoma Bank
Clayton Adams became President and CEO of Mascoma Bank in January 2017. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Adams was a member of the Bank’s Board of Directors for five years. In this capacity he served on several committees, including serving as Chair of the Strategic Planning and... Read More →

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Andrea O'Brien

Director, Business Sustainability Program & Business Advisor, NH Small Business Development Center
Andrea O’Brien has been with the NH SBDC since 1998 as both the Manchester business advisor and director of the statewide Business Sustainability Program. Andrea works with Manchester region clients on management assistance. She also helps NH SBDC clients across the state form stronger... Read More →
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Jim Verzino

Director and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Windham Grows
Jim is the Director and Entrepreneur in Residence of Windham Grows, a business accelerator that was created by the Strolling of the Heifers and is designed to nurture the next generation of innovative food and agriculture entrepreneurs in southern Vermont. Prior to running Windham... Read More →
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Laurel Adams

President, Regional Economic Development Center
Laurel Adams has been the President of REDC, a non-profit economicdevelopment agency and alternative lender serving Southern NH since2009.  Under her leadership REDC has tripled in size, and currently hasmore than seventy loans in the portfolio, and over 2000 jobs createdand retained... Read More →
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Patrick Knittle

CFO, Against The Grain Gourmet
Patrick Knittle has been a Keene resident since 2002 and is a native of Alexandria, Virginia.  He is currently the CFO at Against The Grain Gourmet in Brattleboro, Vermont.His career has spanned a wide-range of experiences, including working for companies such as C&S Wholesale Grocers... Read More →
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Peter Hansel

Born in Cranford, NJ but grew up in Riverside, CT. Received a BA from Princeton University in 1972 witha major in Environmental Studies under the Geology Department. Worked briefly as a ResearchAssistant for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council before joining Filtrine Mfg. Co. in... Read More →


Thursday September 27, 2018 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Hannah Grimes Center 25 Roxbury St, Keene, NH 03431, USA