Four Granite State Tech Leaders to Headline NH High Tech Council’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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Event to honor an individual who has significantly advanced innovation in the Granite state

The New Hampshire High Tech Council (Council) has announced the four spotlight speakers for its 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Award. The annual celebration will be held on Tuesday, June 13 beginning at 5:30 pm at Southern NH University and will honor an individual who has significantly advanced innovation in the Granite State over his or her career.

Each of the four speakers will give a short presentation on areas of trending interest. They are as follows:


Peter Antoinette, president & CEO of Nanocomp Technologies, Inc. Prior to co-founding Nanocomp, Antoinette was the president and CEO of Cambridge Research & Instrumentation Inc. Previously, he spent a fifteen year career with Millipore Corporation. He is a former Mass High Tech All Star and currently serves as a director of the New Hampshire High Tech Council; chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (Boston, MA); member of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s Small Business Advisory Council; and served on President Obama’s National Nanotechnology Advisory Panel for the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.

Thomas Bollenbach, chief technology officer of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). Prior to this position, Bollenbach was vice president for research and development at Harvard Apparatus Regenerative Technology (now Biostage). Previously he was associate director of preclinical research and development at Organogenesis Inc., where he implemented and completed IND-enabling efficacy and preclinical pharmacology and toxicology programs for living, bioengineered skin grafts.

Dave Carrigg, co-founder of Game Assembly. A Game Programmer and Instructor in the Communications department at SNHU, David Carrigg brings with him years of game design experience. Carrigg holds a number of game programming roles, including Lead Programmer at Robot Loves Kitty right here in Manchester, NH. Games in Carrigg’s professional portfolio include both PC games such as Job Simulator and Upsilon Circuit and multi-platform releases like Snapshot. During his time at Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment in Mesa, AZ, Carrigg also served as the Lead Gameplay Engineer for Stargate Worlds, which was to be an MMORPG based on the long-running Stargate science fiction franchise. Carrigg earned his B.S. in Computer Science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY, and his undergraduate thesis concentrated on Creativity in Video Games.

Sarah Hodges, director, construction business line at Autodesk, Inc. During her time at Autodesk, Hodges has held various roles across the industry strategy and marketing team to help bring the Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) portfolio to the marketplace across the education and commercial sectors. Over the past decade, Hodges has broadened her experiences across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. Currently Hodges is focused on the construction industry to understand and implement disruptive technological innovations such as mobile and cloud that are radically changing how projects are constructed and delivered. Prior to Autodesk, Hodges spent time in the media and entertainment industry bringing to market and promoting B2B technologies to drive efficiencies in the post production process.

“Entrepreneur of the Year is one of the Council’s most prestigious annual events that not only celebrates the best of the best by recognizing a true leader in technology, but also showcases what is really going on in the tech world across our state,” said Matt Cookson, executive director the Council. “We are incredibly honored to welcome these four speakers who have made extraordinary accomplishments in advancing tech in New Hampshire.”

Tickets for Entrepreneur of the Year are $80 for Council members; $100 for not-yet-members; and $30 for students and are available here. The event includes networking with more than 250 leaders of tech-based companies, tabletop presentations from promising tech start-up companies, dinner, and a cash bar. To learn more about this event contact

Major sponsors for the event include: FairPoint Communications; Nanocomp Technologies; Oracle; and Newforma.