Saint Louis University’s Center for Entrepreneurship Presents the Winners of the 2017 Angels in the Outfield Pitch Deck Competition
The 2017 Angels in the Outfield pitch deck competitions winners were selected this past weekend during the final round of the competition. High school students from around the world 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 2017 Angels in the Outfield winners are:
- First Place: Liza Tarakanova, from Parkway West in Saint Louis, presented TredBed, a motorized mattress overlay that helps hospital patients remain in an upright position in their bed.
- Second Place: Ehan Kamat, from MICDS in Saint Louis, presented Make-a-roon, a chef-quality home macaroon kit.
- Third Place: Carlos Feitosa, from Bronx Aerospace High School in the Bronx, NY, presented ShineSoap, hand-crafted, all natural soaps with biodegradable packaging.
The winners each received cash prizes, first place received $2,000; second place $1,000; and third place received $500.
This year’s panel of judges included:
- Michael Alter, Fitz’s Bottling Company, Founder/President
- Chris Carril, Billiken Angel Network, Fellow
- Mike Cisar, Billiken Angel Network, Fellow
- Paul Freiling, Saint Louis Science Center, Director of Emerging Technologies
- David Hakanson, Saint Louis University, Chief Innovation Officer
- Darren Jackson, Create-a-Loop, Executive Director
- Dr. Jerry Katz, Billiken Angel Network, Director; Saint Louis University, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship
- Dr. Mark Higgins, Saint Louis University, Dean of John Cook School of Business
- Art Holliday, KSDK-TV, Anchor/Reporter
- Professor Patricia H. Lee, Esq., Saint Louis University, Director of Legal Clinics and Faculty Supervisor of Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
- Ronnie Notch, Notes for Life, Founder/Executive Director
- Dr. Fran Pestello, Saint Louis University, Professor of Sociology
- Robin Rath, Pixel Press, Co-founder & CEO
- Deanna Shipley, Saint Louis Surge, Chief Operation Officer
- Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore, BioSTL, Director of Bioscience & Entrepreneurial Inclusion; Accelerated Rehabilitation Technologies, LLC, Co-Founder
“As a judge, it is exciting to be with young entrepreneurs and provide them a platform to take their ideas to the next level while also giving them the opportunity to network with the judges and collaborate with their peers,“ said Mark Higgins, Ph.D., dean of the Cook School. “These events allow students to see how coming to Saint Louis University will enable them to work with our Center for Entrepreneurship at the Cook School helping them propel their ideas forward. Our Center is one of the many opportunities available to them at SLU.”
The event was emceed by Ed Domain, CEO & Founder of Techli and a Cook School entrepreneurship adjunct faculty member. The finalists had a chance to meet and network with the judges. Fitz’s Bottling Company designed a special root beer bottle for exclusively for the event.
The Center for Entrepreneurship’s next opportunity for high school students is the Allsup High School Entrepreneurship Summer Academy taking place July 24-28. Students will have the opportunity to grow and learn from their peers, meet industry experts from the St. Louis community through field trips and presentations while collaborating with SLU faculty and staff. The keynote speaker is Mikaila Ulmer the founder and CEO of Me & the Bees Lemonade, an award-winning, natural lemonade with flaxseed and sweetened with honey. Enrollment for the academy is now open and scholarships are available.
For more information about high school programs and competitions offered by the Saint Louis University Center for Entrepreneurship at the John Cook School of Business, contact Laura Gardner: email@example.com or 314.977.3282.View All News