Winners Announced for Pitch and Catch
College students from across the country and Canada entered this year’s business pitch deck competition.
The Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship’s 2017 Pitch & Catch pitch deck competition winners were selected this past weekend during the final round of the competition. College students from across the country submitted their ideas for the competition by video, and the top 10 finalists presented their ideas live to a panel of all-star judges at Gateway Grizzlies ballpark.
The winners are:
- First Place: Scott Massey, Purdue University; Hydro Grow, A membership-based food growing system that utilizes space-age aquaponics technology to grow vegetables in a fraction of the time and with significantly less water than traditional methods.
- Second Place: Conrad Ruiz, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; FibrinaCare, A science-backed, all natural, and effective wound healing protein seeking to license its technology to established cosmetics companies.
- Third Place: Luis Manta, Saint Louis University; Seoul Juice, An all-natural, healthy juice drink made with Korean pears that helps cure hangovers.
The winners each received cash prizes, first place received $5,000; second place $3,000; and third place received $1,000.
The judges were:
- Tom Hillman, FTL Capital
- Rich Chaifetz, Chaifetz Group
- Ross Chaifetz, Chaifetz Group
- Pete Spanos, Vetta Sports
- Chris Welch, Tesla
- Joe Reagan, St. Louis Regional Chamber
- Tanya Hamilton, Independent Youth
- Doug Myers, Panera Bread
- Brian Nottingham, ShipWorks
- Khalia Collier, St. Louis Surge
- Tim Petron, Bissinger’s
The Center for Entrepreneurship offers a variety of opportunities for college students, including pitch competitions like Pitch & Catch in the spring and Real Elevator Pitch in the fall. These competitions are open to students anywhere in the world.
Students are invited to the Center’s Billicon Valley events throughout the year. Billicon Valley introduces the concept of entrepreneurial leadership to students, whether from local high schools or from one of the colleges and universities in St. Louis, by bringing together entrepreneurial leaders at SLU and the greater St. Louis community. Students interested in starting their own business, working for a local startup, leading an initiative on campus or making a difference in their community can come to engage with local startups and organizations that can help them do that best.
For more information about programs and competitions offered by the Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship at the John Cook School of Business, visit: ecenter.slu.edu.View All Blog Posts