Edgewood Engaged: Perfect Pitch Competition
April 22-25, 2020

At Edgewood College, we hosted a Pitch Competition as part of Edgewood Engaged 2020 – our annual Student Research and Creative Inquiry Symposium. This year's competition was held online.


2020 Presenters


Matilda Vogel: UDL Now! Why we need Universal Design for Learning in Collegiate Classrooms 

Hewan Schade: Sheltering Homeless Women in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia

Carolyn Betz: The Need to Bring More Milk into Food Banks

Sujata Guatam: Co-Hub: A Community Coordinated Database

View this year's presentations


What is Perfect Pitch?

Pitch your idea, make a difference! A pitch competition offers an exciting forum for your innovative ideas to move from the planning stage to the real world. In the process, when you research an idea, you can learn what it takes for a compelling pitch by receiving feedback from professionals.

Participants will:
  • Develop ideas into a pitch with the help of individual mentorship.
  • Develop your public communication skills through group mentorship workshops under the guidance of lead faculty.
  • Access resources aimed at helping to develop a meaningful and impactful idea and plan in a learning laboratory.
  • Practice your pitch in front of skilled faculty who will provide constructive feedback and support during a dress rehearsal.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top pitch projects presented. Professional adjudicators will assess pitches based upon preset criteria (For more information, please contact us using the form below).


To submit a proposal for the Perfect Pitch competition please click here.


2019 Presenters

DIVE: Digging Into Value EverywhereAshley Ligman & Kristel Renn
HERZ: Her Empowerment Race ZoneNatasha Sichula *WINNER*
Immigrant Activists: Building Community in the Shadow of the WallMarie Treleven, Mindy Navarro, & Stephanie Florencio-Miranda
Revive FinancingAmanda Greuel
Dreaming in the BorderlandsVivi Velasquez, Jahdai Guerrero, & Karina Alvarez Alvidrez
Trained to Grow, Inc. Felix Giboney
Obsession Dobsonian Construction ProjectMelissa Sikes

2019 Judge Panel

The pitch judge panel comprises five Edgewood College alumni, business leaders, and social innovators from the Madison community.


Joe Maldonado
Joe Maldonado
Director of Community Impact – Education: United Way of Dane County
Director of Media and Community Relations
Edgewood College Alumni of Social Innovation & Sustainability Leadership Program
Mathias Lemos Castillo
Mathias Lemos Castillo
Board Director: Latino Professionals Association
Edgewood College Alumni of Political Science & Sociology
Daryl Haessig
Daryl Haessig
Director of Student Services: UW-Madison's Office of Engineering Professional Development
Art History and Appreciation Instructor
Lauren Usher
Lauren Usher
Director of gBeta Social Impact: Gener8tor Madison
Emilee Guderyon
Emilee Guderyon
Account Executive: image.works Financial
Edgewood College Alumni of Business/Corporate Communications