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Communications and Marketing
Pitch It winners selected during finals
Six teams of entrepreneurial Foresters pitched their new social or business venture and competed for $10,000 in prizes during the 2018 Pitch It finals on April 17 at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.
Each team presented their pitch on stage before four judges and a live audience during the two-hour finals competition. Following the individual presentations, the judges deliberated and chose the following winners:
- Best Overall Pitch and a $2,500 prize: Noel Orwothwun ’19, Koku Donkor ’20 and Moyosore Tejumola ’19 for Nabta, a social venture that creates an online platform for aspiring entrepreneurs in Ghana where they can exchange project ideas and gain access to resources.
- Best Business Venture and a $2,500 prize: Vito Brunetti ’19 for Sportspek Trading, an online, day-trading platform for avid fantasy sports players.
- Best Business Venture (runner up) and $1,000: Ryan Widmer ’18 for MyID, a product that streamlines all student and faculty identification, information, and campus access in one easy-to-track place.
- Best Social Venture and $2,500: Karla Figueroa ’21 and Fatemeh Riahi ’21 for Nibipure, a device that provides safe water to victims in disaster areas via a collapsible, cost-effective, weather-withstanding water barrel with a built-in filtration systems.
- Best Social Venture (runner up) and $1,000: Lindelo Dlamini ’18, Kailey Gonzales ’18, and Jabulani Sifundza ’19 for H.E.R. Comforts, which addresses medical, educational, economic, and social issues in Swaziland by establishing businesses that fabricate menstrual pads from banana stems with local women.
- Best Idea and $500: Alec Brent ’21 for Good Samaritan App that helps people find lost phones or devices by introducing a reward mechanism.
Pitch It is Lake Forest College’s premier collegiate startup launch program. The annual business and social venture pitch competition helps entrepreneurial Foresters turn their ideas into viable businesses.