Second Pitch and Pour competition coming to UT Jan. 30Written by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Toledo Launch Pad Incubation Program will host its second Pitch and Pour business competition Jan. 30.
Pitch and Pour is a shark-tank style competition designed to encourage local business development. Teams will have five minutes and five slides to pitch their business concepts before a panel of four professional judges.
Teams will present their ideas starting at 6 p.m. in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Complex on UT’s College of Engineering campus.
The four judges and one combined crowd vote from the guests will determine the winner that will receive cash and prizes, said Molly Reams Thompson, director of business incubation at UT. Participants will have the opportunity to network with the judges, business leaders, and potential investors during the evening event where beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Judges for the second Pitch and Pour will include Jeremy Caverly, David Hunke, Kristen Kiser and Matt Meier.
Caverly is product manager for Mobile Apps at Quicken Loans based in Michigan. His previous experience consists of building web sites and collaborative technology solutions for local small businesses and national companies, as wells marketing strategies for Nike, Whole Foods, Universal Music, Chevron/Texaco, PBS, VISA and the PGA Tour.
Hunke currently works as chief strategy officer at Digerati to promote national expansion. Some of his notable endeavors include serving as CEO of Detroit Media Partnership, publisher of Detroit Free Press, and president and publisher of USA Today. He has 37 years of experience in digital media and publishing.
Kiser is a Toledo native and successful entrepreneur of two local companies. She is currently owner of Black Kite Coffee in the Old West End, which opened in the summer of 2012. She has also owned and operated software company Avatar LLC since 1997.
Meier is an experienced global information technology executive who built his career leading business transformation at large multi-national manufacturing companies. He is currently employed at Dana Holding Corporation in Maumee, and previously worked at General Motors and Rolls Royce.
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