Five Students Win Inaugural Brian Lilly Entrepreneurial Studies Prize Awards

Brian Lilly ’85 is an entrepreneur who started a series of cash prizes for students who excel in entrepreneurial studies at Northwood. (Photo provided)

Five students won cash prizes for their outstanding work in Northwood’s entrepreneurship classes. The Brian Lilly Entrepreneurial Studies Prize Awards, offered for the first time this year, aim to inspire and reward entrepreneurial skills and mindsets.

The prizes were awarded at a special virtual ceremony on May 20.

Brian Lilly, a Northwood graduate of the Class of 1985 and current member of the Northwood School Board of Trustees, is the CEO of Lilly Broadcasting which boasts multiple television and radio stations, a cable network, and digital platforms in the U.S. and the Caribbean. His passion for entrepreneurship helped to bring the Innovation Hub at Northwood School to fruition, and he has sponsored a series of prizes for the next 10 years to encourage and inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs at his alma mater.

The Startup Prize: This $2,500 prize is given to help a student take their business idea from a theoretical model to an actual startup. Presented to Will Donato ’21.

Best Pitch Prize: This $2,000 prize is given to the student who produced the best entrepreneurial pitch during the academic year, showcasing their writing, editing, and technological aptitude. Presented to Addie Castillo ’21.

The Expansive Thinking Prize: This $2,000 prize is given to the student who best exhibited expansive thinking, that is, thinking that moves one beyond their immediate personal context to allow them to look at a problem from different perspectives and explore different possibilities. Presented to Carson Hall ’22.

Social Innovation and Design Thinking Upcycle Prize: This prize is given to two students who developed a unique way to upcycle (reuse in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original) a product and then produce the winning pitch to develop it. The $1,750 prize is presented to Andrew Mazza and Haley Donatello ’21.


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