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Pitch Night Online

May 19, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
on Zoom

Thanks to technology and the tenacity of New Trier students, we were able to host Pitch Night as a virtual INCubatoredu pitch session. Students submitted their pitches on video prior to May 19 and had 15 minutes of virtual Q&A with our distinguished judges.

View our panel of judges and read their bios.

We were thrilled to have been able to provide this opportunity for our students to collaborate with their classmates in film, computer science, and other subject areas in creating their pitches. And it all culminated into a dynamic conversation between our students and seasoned entrepreneurs.

Check out our YouTube channel for the students’ video pitches and the live stream recording.

Learn more about the INCubatoredu program by going to our Business Incubator page.

The Pitches

New Trier students in the INCubatoredu Business Ed class usually do their Minimal Viability Product (MVP) testing in person with their peers, however, given the remote learning situation, they have had to pivot. They put together website and product demos to collect consumer information.

Grün: — [granola spoon] “An alternative to the wasteful plastic spoons that are used by millions of people.” Creator: Daniel Himmelfarb ’22.

Shampanimals: “The only eco- and kid-friendly shampoo bar.” Creators: Charlie Olesker ’22 and Ethan Gray ’22. Shampanimals won 5th place at the UW-Whitewater High School Pitch Competition in March.

Barrier Battles: “A revolutionary table game. It’s a competitive, strategic, and board-free dexterity game, where the only board is the surface you choose to battle on.” Creators: Robert Becker ’20 and Kyle Levy ’20. 


QcaRd: “A business card with a QR code that automatically uploads the information to you phone.” Creator: Ben Robke ’22.

Many thanks to business education faculty Matt Mersch and Kevin Kansler, and to Foundation director Erika Joyce ’94 for their amazing support and dedication to make Pitch Night a reality.