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Perfect Pitch - May 3, 2019
At Edgewood College, we are hosting a Pitch Competition as part of Edgewood Engaged 2019 – our annual Student Research and Creative Inquiry Symposium – which takes place on the Monroe Street campus May 1 – 3, 2019. This year, our theme is: Curiosity and Exploration

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. 

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).

Pitch Projects

After a careful selection, we are pleased to announce that seven individuals/teams are invited to pitch their ideas on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Presenters are:

  • DIVE: Digging Into Value Everywhere by Ashley Ligman & Kristel Renn
  • HERZ: Her Empowerment Race Zone by Natasha Sichula 
  • Immigrant Activists: Building Community in the Shadow of the  Wall by Marie Treleven, Mindy Navarro, & Stephanie Florencio-Miranda 
  • Revive Financing by Amanda Greuel
  • Dreaming in the Borderlands by Vivi Velasquez, Jahdai Guerrero, & Karina Alvarez Alvidrez
  • Trained to Grow, Inc. by Felix Giboney
  • Obsession Dobsonian Construction Project by Melissa Sikes

Brief introductions of each project are available here.


Pitch Presentation Schedule

The pitch presentations are 9am-12:30pm, Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Anderson Auditorium. Each pitch is 10 minutes followed by a 5-minute Q&A by our judges. The schedule is as follows:

Time Presenter Project  
9:20am Ashley Ligman & Kristel Renn DIVE: Digging Into Value Everywhere  
9:40am Natash Sichula HERZ: Her Empowerment Race Zone  
10:00am Marie Treleven, Mindy Navarr, & Stephanie Florencio-Miranda Immigrant Activists: Building Community in the Shadow of the Wall  
10:20am Amanda Greuel Revive Financing  
10:40am BREAK
11:00am Vivi Velasquez, Jahdai Guerrero, & Karina Alvarez Alvidrez Dreaming in the Borderlands  
11:20am Felix Giboney Trained to Grow, Inc.  
11:40am Melissa Sikes Obsession Dobsonian Construction Project  
12:00pm Judge discussion
12:15pm Prize announcement and award ceremony


Pitch Development Workshops

Three workshops will be provided to help pitch presenters further develop their projects and prepare for their presentations. The workshops are as follows:

  • Gener8tor Workshop, 4:30-6pm, Tuesday, April17, Edgewood College, Room PRD 306
  • Pitch Development Workshop, 4:30-6pm, Wednesday, April 17, Edgewood College, Room PRD 115A, by Professor Leigh Maxwell from Edgewood College Department of Communication Studies
  • Dress Rehearsal Workshop, 5:30-7:30pm, Thursday, April 25, Anderson Auditorium


Judge Panel

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

  • 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 - Board Director, Latino Professionals Association; Edgewood College Alumni of Political Science & Sociology
  • Daryl Haessig - Director of Student Services for UW-Madison's Office of Engineering Professional Development; Art History and Appreciation Instructor
  • Lauren Usher, Director of gBeta Social Impact, Gener8tor Madison.
  • Emilee Guderyon - Account Executive, financial; Edgewood College Alumni of Business/Corporate Communications



With great appreciation, we are thankful for the following sponsors:

  • Gener8tor
  • Edgewood College School of Integrative Studies
  • Edgewood College School of Business
  • Edgewood College Department of Communication Studies
  • The Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduation Program, Edgewood College
  • The Office of Community Impact & Engagement, Edgewood College


Press Release – February 21, 2019

Questions? Contact us to learn more.