Big Winners at the Pitch 2017!

Winning Team: Tracr – Ryan Eardley, Mattias Soderqvist, and Felix Henriksson from Lawrence University – awarded $10,000 cash and $15,000 in startup assistance

Second Place: In Our Hands – Abbie Merrill from UW Oshkosh – awarded $5,000 cash and $10,000 in startup assistance

The pitch 2017 Judges

Mike Daniels

Nickolet Bank

Entrepreneur, community lender.

Michael E. Daniels is the President and CEO of Nicolet Bank.  In 2000, he co-founded Nicolet National Bank, a leading community lender built on relationship-focused customer service.  He is a graduate of St. Norbert College.

Greg Lynch

Michael Best

Startup advisor, legal expert.

Greg Lynch is a partner with Michael Best who works with high growth emerging technology companies and investors.  Lynch advises companies on financing strategies and mergers & acquisitions, and he is the co‑founder of the firm’s Venture Best emerging company practice.

Neil Mix


Entrepreneur, technologist.

Neil Mix is a silicon-valley style technologist, product developer, and entrepreneur. A veteran of several venture capital funded startups, Neil co-founded a Microsoft acquisition and helped build Internet radio service Pandora from the ground up.

Maggie Brickerman


Startup advisor, investor.

Maggie Brickerman works for gener8tor, a gold-ranked startup accelerator founded in Wisconsin. Maggie is the Managing Director of gBETA, a free accelerator for early stage companies with a tie to a Wisconsin college or university.

Zack Pawlosky

Candeo Creative

Entrepreneur, marketer.

Zack Pawlosky, is the owner of Candeo Creative, a nationally recognized entrepreneurial marketing agency based in Oshkosh.  He is also the founder of a software development company and a partner in a venture capital firm.

David Trotter

Winnebago Seed Fund

Venture investor.

David Trotter is the Managing Director of Winnebago Capital Partners, the General Partner of the Winnebago Seed Fund. The Fund is a newly formed venture capital fund based in Neenah, Wisconsin. The Fund’s emphasis is on seed investments in startup companies in the Fox Valley region.

The Pitch 2017 Student Teams


Tyler Clark, Vaughn Bowles, Nicolas Reynolds

Personalized, engaging STEM-subject books for children.

St. Norbert College

Upright Kids

Dylan Parks

Affordable standing desk solution for K-8 classrooms.

UW Oshkosh

Rep4All Media

Courtney Hamilton

Mobile app to promote inclusive media consumption.

UW-Green Bay


George Mavrakis

New aquarium industry product to clean saltwater tanks.

Lawrence University

Nordic Sports Consultations (NSC)

Niklas Rosander

Consultancy connecting international athletes to US colleges.

St. Norbert College

In Our Hands

Abbie Merrill

Political app enabling user to comment on upcoming legislation.

UW Oshkosh

Eco Food GB

Sam Hunt & Maria Romfoe

Farm-to-table online marketplace providing locally grown meals.

UW-Green Bay


Mattias Soederqvist, Felix Henriksson, Ryan Eardley

Cloud based application for forensic asset analysis.

Lawrence University