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Communications and Marketing

Don’t miss Pitch It! finals on April 19

Come to the Gorton Community Center to view the competition between the top student business ideas in the final round of Pitch It!—Lake Forest’s Shark Tank—at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.

These finalists made it through the qualifying round of 30 student businesses judged by 12 local business owners and community leaders.

During the final round, the students will compete for cash prizes—$750, $500, and $250—as well as a potential investment from a $10,000 fund established by the Lake Forest College Entrepreneurship Advisory Council. Each presenter will be on stage no more than 15 minutes—five to pitch their business and another 10 to answer judges’ questions. Click here to register. 

The finalists are: 

  • The Pizza Station: Fast, customizable 9-inch pizzas served in five to seven minutes. — Dariusz Baliczek ’16
  • GoBrush: A modern solution for cleaning teeth while on the go. — Robbie Barker ’16

  • Trade Defender: Financial market data, analytics, and powerful charting for traders. — Charles Black ’16 and Jacob Gilman ’17
  •  Image One: A business-to-business commercial cleaning service. — Anthony Conn ’17

  • LifeMap: A smartphone app that crowd-sources real-time data for user’s to monitor the wait time at their favorite places. — Austin Gais ’17
  • Food Fill Distribution: An online marketplace for restaurants to replenish their inventory same day or next day. — Matt McPherson ’17
  • Wellnex: Care packages of alternative medication and health products delivered as gifts to loved ones. — Kristina Simeunovic ’16
  • PARASAFE: Single-use personal emergency parachutes for commercial or residential buildings above 100 feet tall. — Keil Zornow ’16

Dean DeBiase, a frequent media guest, CEO guest host on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, and Silicon Valley veteran, will emcee the event.

The judges are:

  • Liam Connell, retired CEO of Allston Trading, LLC, and former managing director at Goldman Sachs and chief information office and managing partner at Hull Trading Company;
  • John Dick, president of Dicksbridge Inc., a private investment firm and founder of three companies;
  • Niko Drakoulis, founder and CEO of SurePeople, a cloud-based provider of next-generation learning, performing and hiring solutions;
  • Paul Miller, vice president and president of global commerce, customer information, and innovation at Grainger; and
  • Susan Wright, senior vide president of Lake Forest Bank & Trust.

The Gorton Community Center is located at 400 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest. The event is free and open to the public.