Big Winners at the Pitch 2019!

Winning Team: Daniel Salazar, Pack-Its (UW Oshkosh) — $10,000 cash and $15,000 in-kind services

Second Place: Hamza Ehsan, EV Smart (Lawrence University) — $7,500 cash and $7,500 in-kind services

Third Place: Breena Hansen, Clean Comfort Food Delivery (St. Norbert College) — $5,000 cash and $5,000 in-kind services

The Pitch Judges:

Mike Daniels
Nicolet Bank

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.

Kabinga Maini
Gulfstream Aerospace

Kabinga Maini is the lead mechanical and structural engineer for Gulfstream Aerospace. He has extensive experience in the aerospace industry. Kabinga has a BS in mechanical engineering, an MBA, and is pursuing an MS in operations management.

Adrienne Palm

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

David Trotter
Winnebago Seed Fund

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.

Richelle Martin
The Winnow Fund

Richelle is the Managing Director of The Winnow Fund, and will be responsible for seeking new investment opportunities. Prior to joining The Winnow Fund, she was a leader at UW-Madison’s Office of Industrial Partnerships. The University has an open portfolio of over $4 billion in research grants and contracts with industrial sponsors and annual awards exceeding $1 billion. Richelle’s position provided a window to the areas on campus that interest private sector industry.

Student Teams:

1) Fervid Life:
Renee DeGrand, Business Administration
UW-Green Bay
2) Kid Kingdom Inn:
Heather Jungwirth, Business Administration
Fox Valley Technical College
3) Emergent Technologies:
Patrick Rupprecht, IT Network Support;
Shae Stangl, Entrepreneurship;
Kristen Westlake, Entrepreneurship
Moraine Park Technical College
4) Pack-Its:
Daniel Salazar, Business Administration
5) Fuel Safe:
Evan Watzka, Business Admin. – Finance
St. Norbert College
6) EVSmart:
Hamza Ehsan, Computer Science
Lawrence University
7) Bookbates:
Garriet Kanis, Business Administration;
Wyatt Smet, Business Administration;
Zach Zeutzius, Business Administration
UW-Green Bay
8) Level Up Mentoring:
Heather Schroeder, Ind. Technical Studies
Fox Valley Technical College
Cameron Schneider, Business Administration
UW Oshkosh
10) Clean Comfort Food Delivery:
Breena Hansen, Business Administration
St. Norbert College
11) Jetsetter’s Closet:
Emma Liu, Ethics and Public Policy;
Katie Kitzinger, Chemistry
Lawrence University