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Andrew Richards, founder of TechLok, won the NH Startup Challenge on Wednesday. (UNION LEADER FILE)

Startup Challenge winner had support

GOFFSTOWN - What do you call a 29-year-old who still lives at home with his parents?

A winner.

Andrew Richards, founder of Techlok, was named the 2013 winner of the MYPN NH Startup Challenge on Wednesday before a small crowd at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on the St. Anselm College campus. Now the developer of a mobile security platform designed to prevent the theft and loss of smartphones and laptops and protect their data has about $20,000 in cash and $35,000 worth of services in his arsenal.

And he has his parents, who save him time and money and provide him that emotional boost when he needs it.

"It's actually really nice because my parents have been unbelievably supportive," the Manchester Central High graduate said. "I don't have to buy groceries. I can come home exhausted, knowing that there is food in the house, and I don't have to do a lot of work. Some days are tough, and you have your parents to cheer you back up."
Not that Bruce and Dottie Richards, who were on hand Wednesday, see their son all that much.

"We're obviously extraordinarily proud of him," Bruce Richards said. "The 90- to 100-hour work weeks he has put in have paid off. ... He's worked very hard to get to this point."
Dottie Richards is also proud of how her son developed the concept for his business."I think the creativity just snowballed once he had the idea. It was just wonderful," she said.

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