5th Annual Pitch Night will take place on June 3, 2019.
Pitch Night is the culmination of the Business Incubator course at LFHS. This year nearly 25% of the junior class is enrolled in this honors business course. At Pitch Night up to four of this year's 17 teams have the opportunity to pitch their business plans in a "Shark Tank" style format to a Board of Directors and private investors in hopes of winning prize money and possibly funding to launch their business. The other teams will get the opportunity to share their ideas in convention style lobby displays.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this year's event please contact Colette Mendelson. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the event itself please contact Nikki Rhomberg or Rich Chun.
ATHLEATE is a snack stand that provides a Convenient and Accessible way for hungry student athletes to purchase the food they need before their after-school activities.
Founded by: William Fox, Grace Gescheidle, Jack Prager, Jacen Riedel, Brody Waligora
Mentor: Michael Reinhardt
Dignified Designs provides an easy way to transform the clothing of low mobility and dementia patients into easy to use adaptive wear with optional GPS tracking for patients to maintain independence and dignity.
Founded by: Leonardo Castaneda, Connor Milliman, Sabrina Siegel, Margo Thornberry
Mentor: Stuart Scholly
InfraGrow is a company that makes table-top herb and vegetable gardens that work without soil and with revolutionary infrared technology that exemplifies plant growth and kills bacteria. An InfraGrow garden is perfect for people without access to a backyard but still want to be able to grow their own fresh herbs and vegetables from inside their home, all year round.
Founded by: Andrew Crawford, Sean Elesh, Lara Keim, Vivian Popov
Mentor: Jim Kuehnle
Puregear offers a device that utilizes Infrared technology to eliminate bacteria found in sports equipment. Our product provides customers with a safe, easy to use system that ensures odor free sporting equipment.
Founded by: Sarah Borland, Josh Cha, Hunter Dee, Luke Paschke and Henry Ridgway
Mentor: Nicole Mowad-Nassar
Solis is a cleverly designed 2-part water purification bottle that uses a filtration membrane and a UV light to ensure that your water is safe to consume in ANY scenario. First, unlike charcoal based filters, our UVC light kills microorganisms in addition to all viruses. We kill 99.9999% of the germs in your water Then, the filtration membrane removes all harmful debris from the water. This bottle runs off a battery. When fully charged, you will have a week of water purification power. Our aim is to give people confidence with the water that they are drinking on a daily basis so they can have: clean water without question.
Founded by: Dylan Cofer, Jeremy Hughes, Ally Page, Chase Rupprecht
Mentor: Ross Chaifetz
Buzzy is an app that shows how long you’d wait in line at any restaurant or store before even arriving. Buzzy’s color-coded indicators and unique interface sets us apart from any other app already out there.
Founded by: Caroline Allard, Asher Anderson, Stephen Bradley, Rylie Mills, Patrick Moorhead
Mentor: Corbett Lamb
Grade A Compost is the food waste recycling service that provides eco-friendly fertilizer made from student food waste to school administrators who need a better way to deal with food waste and chemical fertilizers reducing food waste and providing an environmentally friendly system of landscaping that saves money and protects the school community. Grade A Compost converts student food waste into eco-friendly compost which is then sold back to the school in order to reduce waste and eliminate chemical landscaping products. This will elevate the sustainability of the school community and allow both public and private schools to save money and protect the health of students and staff.
Founded by: Camy Esplin, Kai Kroeger, Ella Marquart, Sebastian Puerto and Carrie Saginur
Mentors: Sean Leahy and Jim Rhomberg
Ready Set Scan provides an allergy scanning app that detects dietary restrictions off of barcodes for individuals who are nutritionally conscious, have dietary limitations and food allergies who want food awareness and peace of mind knowing that what they eat is safe and healthy.
Founded by: Oliver Akintade, Annabelle Lamb, Jackson Meadows, Lillie Michael, Lucy Surkamer
Mentor: Tom Condon
Walker Buds is a dog walking and dog sitting service in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area. We are filled with local, familiar faces from Lake Forest High School and Lake Forest College to ensure that your dog is in good hands. We can promise you and your pup love and care when you’re not there.
Founded by: Lexie Conley, Culann MacSeain, Charlotte Yehle
Mentor: Mike O’Biala
The Car Caterers provide a quality oil change at our customers desired location. This saves our customers the time and hassle associated with the traditional oil change. The Car Caterers eliminate the need for a boring waiting room and allow the customer to be more productive.
Founded by: Alex Ignas, Trevor Mower, Ian Schuler
Mentor: Hal Davis
Healthy Handoff is a healthy food delivery service for students after school before their afterschool activities. We will deliver fresh quality food to students so that they will have the energy they need to perform well in their after-school activities. Whether it's before a sports practice, a theater rehearsal, a club, or anything else, if you need energy after school, we will have it for you.
Founded by: Owen Douglass, Sam Marquart, Shane Rodriguez, Christina Sendik
Mentor: Phil Gayter
LOCAL-O is an online service that supports local businesses by providing the inventory of local stores in on convenient website and quickly delivering the store’s products to the customers.
Founded by: Julia Knipfer, Jake Kovanda, Scott Notz, and Ojaswee Singal
Mentor: Greg Strauss
For businesses: https://2070581.wixsite.com/shoplocalo
For customers: https://sites.google.com/lfschools.net/localo/home
Secure Dose is an automated pill box that allows elderly people to take the exact medication needed and links up to an app that notifies family members on the status of their loved one's medication through text messaging. The physical pill box has features such as locking capsules that prevent against accidental overdosing or taking the incorrect medication. The box will also issue a sound alert to notify the user that it is time to take their medication.
Founded by: Adam Cardos, Katie Gilcrest, Julia Loeger, Kiki Wood
Mentor: Mike Calogero
Cross Post Partners provides a community based online service that sells customers’ unwanted items across different online platforms, all to save customers’ time. Our service simply takes care of the process of selling items for you. Simply select one of our packages, take a few minutes to give us some information, and make easy money while you make space for the things that are important in your life.
Founded By: Elena Erkenswick, Connor Higgins, Ryan Nevin, Catherine Pasquella, Nate Schmitt
Mentor: Mark Gasche, Michelle Gramza
Heaven N' Heels is a modular shoe that converts from a high heel to a flat in a simple slide off mechanism. Our shoe allows women to be both comfortable and fashionable on the go and at events like weddings and dances. We are an online retail store that manufactures and sells our product.
Founded by: Lino Caputo, Julia Hender, Ella Witmer, Konrad Ziaja
Mentors: Julie Currie, Jeff Folker
NoteNow Case is the first case with a digital notepad on the back with the ability to erase your own customized work with the tap of a button.
Founded by: James Barbour, Alex Huddlestun, Alyssa Marquis, Ethan Nicholas, Nick Remissong
Mentor: Sean Jordan
Simple Smart Lock is a security system that covers an existing door lock, makes door entry simple, and allows identification of people on a homeowner’s property for homeowners who find keys difficult to deal with, are concerned about leaving their doors unlocked, and are worried about home security. It consists of a locking device that easily retrofits over a deadbolt knob and a smartphone application.
Founded By: Eleni Ballis, Michael Clarke, Alex Mutter, Alex Slomba, Keaton Wilhelm
Mentor: Abby Clark
Pitch Night Sponsors
Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous donations to Pitch Night 2019!