DePaul University Newsline > Sections > DeBuzz > University of Illinois student wins 2021 University Pitch Madness
By Coleman Entrepreneurship Center /
August 6, 2021 /
Posted in: DEBUZZ /
Contestants pitched their businesses via Zoom to a panel of judges: Colleen Egan, president and CEO for the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition and Institute; Jacqueline Nyenke, founder of One Seven Group; Troy Henikoff, managing director of MATH Venture Partners; and Trenton Dunn, program manager at World Business Chicago. The judges then determined the best and most innovative ideas they heard.
The big winner of the night was Alex Kosyakov, a student from the University of Illinois, whose
battery-technology business Natrion won first place and a $2,500 prize. Holly Bennett and Blake Espeland from the University of Iowa won second place and $1,500 for
In an unexpected turn of events, third place was shared in a tie between three teams: Jake Roach and Brendan Wang from Michigan State for
CAPNOS, Patrick McInerney and Sam Kalenowski from IIT for
Phyesta Simulations, and Ryan Choi and Nathan Sattah from the University of Chicago for
Bridges LLC. Each team won $750 in prize money.
Teams from DePaul, Northwestern, Marquette and Washington University in St. Louis each won $500. We look forward to seeing the future success of all these businesses.
Thank you to everyone who attended this event. If you missed the evening,
a recording of University Pitch Madness is online. We look forward to seeing you in person next summer for University Pitch Madness 2022.