Collegiate Challenge Season 5

Airing on Newscenter Maine, Sundays at 10 am

Series Sponsor: Maine DECD


Season 5 Judges

Martha Bentley

Small Business Entrepreneurship Development
Maine DECD

Skip Bates

Director of Main Street Banking
Bangor Savings Bank

Lynne Darling Melochick

Director of Community Relations
Darling’s Auto Group

Episode One - Aired January 19

TrustedRentr vs. Nook Storage

Company: TrustedRentr
Contestants: Steve Doman/John Peters (Co-Founders)
School: University of Maine

Company: Nook Storage
Contestants: George DeLana/Rachael Rosow (Co-Founders)
School: Bates College


Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Jim Dinkle, Executive Director at First Park.

Episode Two - Aired January 26

Green Bait vs. Tree Free Heat

Company: Green Bait
Contestants: Jillian Robillard (Owner/Operator)
School: UNE

Company: TreeFreeHeat
Contestants: Dylan Veilleux (Founder)
School: Thomas

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest United States Senator Angus S. King, Jr.

Episode Three - Aired February 2

Ferda Farms vs. Grow Your Own Way

Company: Ferda Farms
Contestants: Max Burtis (Founder/CEO) & Sam Dorval (Co-Owner/CMO)
School: University of Maine

Company: Grow Your Own Way
Contestants: Rebecca Barulli (Founder/CEO)
School: St. Joseph’s College of Maine

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Heather Johnson, Comissioner, Maine DECD.

Episode Four - Aired February 9

GEIONS Retail vs. Sklaza

Company: GEIONS Retail
Contestants: Derek Foy (President)
School: Husson

Company: Sklaza, LLC
Contestants: Joshua Kim (Founder/CEO)
School: Colby

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Martha Bentley, Small Business Entrepreneurship Development, Maine DECD.

Episode Five - Airing February 16

Bridal Vision vs. WEART

Bridal Visions

Company: Bridal Vision
Contestants: Hannah Marr (Founder)
School: Husson

Company: Weart
Contestants: Torsten Brinkema (Owner)
School: Colby

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Angela Okafor, Attorney/Entrepreneur, Okafor Law.

Episode Six - Airing February 23

Gait Project X (GPX) vs. Family Time Memory Software

Company: Gait Project X
Contestants: Keith Reilly (Product Manager) & Raja Muthyam (Co-Product Owner)
School: UNE

Company: Family Time Memory Software
Contestants: Xander Karris (CEO/Co-Founder) & Willem Hilliard (CTO and Co-Founder)
School: University of Maine

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Katey Shorey, Director of Engagement/President, Live+Work in Maine/ Startup Maine.

Episode Seven - Airing March 1

Easy Eats vs. Find My College Roommate

Company: Easy Eats
Contestants: Katharine Dougherty/Christian Krohg (Co-Founders)
School: Colby

Company: Find My College Roommate
Contestants: Evan Horenstein (Founder)
School: University of Maine

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Alyne Cistone, Founder, Global Tides Consulting.

Episode Eight - Airing March 8

Easy Unlocker vs. Let’s Go Bagz

Company: Let’s Go Bagz
Contestants: Suzie Milkowich (CEO/Chief Energy Officer)
School: University of Maine

Company: Easy Unlocker
Contestants: Steven Ferrarese (CEO)
School: University of Maine

Featuring Sunday Morning Conversation guest Cary Weston, President, Sutherland Weston.

Targeting as many Maine colleges as wish to participate, we will produce 13 television shows in Season 5 highlighting the best full or part-time college students, who have a business idea in any stage of development; from a simple idea to a well-constructed business plan. Those 13 shows, each pitting 2 college business ideas against one another, will be videotaped around the second week of January 2020 at NESCOM on the Husson University campus. The 13 semi-finalists established from that round would then square off in a non-televised pitch-off to determine the 3 best collegiate entrepreneurs. Those 3 finalists will then pitch off against one another in the Greenlight Maine Collegiate Finale to compete for the grand prize of $25,000 in cash.

Tentative List of Maine Colleges who may participate

College of the Atlantic
Husson Univ.
Maine College of Art
Maine Maritime
St. Joseph’s College
Maine Community Colleges
Thomas College
University of Maine
University of New England
University of Southern Maine

Establishing the 26 entrepreneurs who will pitch on the 13 shows

Each school will identify the best student submissions based on the criteria proposed below. Those 30 or more entrepreneurs will then need to be available to pitch off against a panel of independent judges. Those judges will have no affiliation with any Maine college, neither alum nor employment. For this round, each student will only be identified by a number (no names-no college affiliations). Each presenter will make a 3-minute pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q & A from the panel of judges. Contestants must be enrolled in a Maine college for some part of the 2019/20 calendar year. Props and powerpoint will be allowed in this round. The judges will be using the following criteria on which to determine the 26 final contestants for Season 5 Collegiate Challenge.






Overall Quality of
Business Idea




Ability to Keep
Business in Maine