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Join Venture Design Challenge finalists for pitching session Friday

The 2020 Venture Design Challenge finalists will present their business pitches in a practice session on Friday, March 20 in downtown Lake Forest. The finals will be held on campus on Monday, April 6.

The March 20 pitching session will be held from 11 a.m. to noon at Lifeworking Coworking, a networking and collaborative space for entrepreneurs located at 717 Forest Ave, 2nd floor, in Lake Forest. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2020 finalists are:

  • AuxBattle: Alex Armas ’20 and Lucas Deely ’20
    Music lovers need a unified streaming platform to wager friendly battles with friends and family because everyone has a different taste in music.
  • Anti-Prick Project: Diayan Rajamohan ’21
    Lake Forest College needs a safe, easily accessible way to dispose of sharps and needles.
  • Azalea’s Animals: Azalea Hallin-Graber ’23
    Pre-K to second grade teachers currently lack a tool to teach social and emotional regulation via mindfulness and positive behavior strategies.
  • ReCampus: Leo Carrico ’20, Natalie Kiely ’21, Magdiel Miranda-Lopez ’20, and Pratheek Mandalapu ’22
    College students need a peer-to-peer way to buy and sell goods because financial insecurity and the inability to purchase textbooks and class materials create a severe barrier to academic success.
  • Thermobor: Bobby Inman ’20 and Bob McKeon ’21
    Skiers and snowboarders need a way to protect their smartphone batteries from shutting down in extreme temperatures.

The finals will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6 in McCormick Auditorium, Lillard Science Center. Finalists will compete for $10,000 in total prizes. 

The Venture Design Challenge is a campus-wide pitch competition that provides a forum for Lake Forest College students to identify problems worth solving and mobilize the people, resources, and networks to solve them.