Illinois Math and Science Academy entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas at UW-Whitewater event

Updated 3/4/2021 4:38 PM

Seven student teams from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois have been selected to compete in the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Midwest High School Pitch on March 17. The finalists are from Aurora, Barrington, and Wilmette, Ill., as well as Fort Atkinson, Menasha, and Spring Green, Wis. This year's competition will be held virtually and is open to the public through the competition page on

The hopeful young entrepreneurs are vying for thousands of dollars in an exciting, fast-paced Shark Tank-style event. Students have developed unique business ideas and will pitch their startups to the judges -- including angel investors and other successful entrepreneurs -- who will dissect their business models with rapid-fire questions.


The Midwest High School Pitch event was launched in 2017 to foster creativity and innovation at the high school level and highlight the world-class entrepreneurship program at UW-Whitewater. All participants gain invaluable feedback and experience in developing a business model, in addition to honing their pitching and presentation skills.

The participating students include the team of Kathleen Baker, Mihir Chathurvedula, Gibby Husby, Kate Malooley, and Priscilla Stern from Barrington High School in Barrington, Ill.; Maren Selle from Fort Atkinson High School in Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Dhruv Patel and the team of Christo Ekimov, Eunice Kim, Revanth Poondru, Edward Zhang, and Kaylee Zhou from Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora, Ill., Evan Halverson from Menasha High School in Menasha, Wis.; Aiden Holstein from New Trier High School in Wilmette, Ill; and Kylie Morrey from River Valley High School in Spring Green, Wis.

The event is managed by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.

The UWW CEO chapter's mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.

The Midwest High School Pitch competition will be held virtually from 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 17. For more details or to RSVP, visit the competition page at

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