Entrepreneurial Studies Class Prepares for 2020 Pitch Night Finals

Each year, Nichols School students in the Entrepreneurial Studies senior elective participate in a Shark Tank-style event called Pitch Night where they have the opportunity to present a unique business idea to a panel of expert judges.

The semifinals of the 2020 Pitch Night competition were held in front of an audience of junior and senior students, faculty, staff and parents on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6. The top four teams from the semifinal presentations have advanced to the finals which take place tomorrow night, March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nichols School Student Commons. The finals are open to the public.

Over the last eight weeks, seven teams of students have researched and developed the products they would like to pitch during this year's competition. Students have worked with faculty and staff on their unique projects in addition to classroom lessons from Meg Auerbach and Sandy Smith. The field has now been narrowed to four for Tuesday's Pitch Night finals.

Which team will take top honors this year?

Concert Pass is presenting a new way for fans of local bands and venues in the Buffalo area to buy tickets and get to the show. Concert Pass is being pitched by Ivan Cox '20, Bryan Donovan '20, Ethan Redden '20 and Ellie Wyckoff '20.

Drift is a transportation company offering on-demand travel by boat in the bay areas of major American cities. Drift is being pitched by Owen Daniels '20, Ryan Krum '20, Dylan Lugris '20 and Noah Szretter '20.

Shoutout Auto is a company that helps connect ride-sharing drivers who provide countless rides per day with brands who would like to advertise on their cars through body wraps and other designs. Shoutout Auto is being pitched by Sylvie Anthony '20, Gabe Schulefand '20, Billy Locke '20 and Carson Ortolani '20.

Swift Dish offers on-demand meals to travelers inside airports with a mobile app where they can purchase food from a variety of restaurants. Swift Dish is being pitched by Jake Bard '20, Ethan Stoffman '20, Henry Telford '20 and Tony Tuber '20.

Good luck to all four teams who are presenting their final pitches Tuesday night!