Pitch Competition

April 7-9, 2017

  • Receive guidance, mentoring and network with experienced entrepreneurs and financiers about your business idea
  • Learn how to create a compelling pitch presentation, attract capital and build a concept to profitability
  • Compete for valuable prizes, mentoring and advisory services, coaching sessions plus many other prizes including a legal package and gift cards
  • Weekend Schedule

Meet the Judges

Michael Fawcett ’66

Michael has more than 35 years of experience as a businessman, professional investor and lawyer engaged in corporate finance, mergers and acquisition and corporate restructuring. He has been a principal in numerous business ventures, including venture capital, private equity investments and LBOs in a variety of areas including healthcare, healthcare services, healthcare IT, healthcare finance, life sciences, medical equipment and disposables, general IT services, office and communications equipment, consulting, business process outsourcing, soft drink bottling and financial services.

Michael has held senior partner positions at two separate leading private equity funds, and currently holds the title of Chairman and Managing Member at Meacham Woodfield LLC, a boutique investment bank/private equity/advisory firm.

Hedy Foreman

Hedy has more than 30 years of experience leading IT organizations and business transformation for some of the world’s largest businesses. Her career includes top level positions in healthcare, consumer products, pharmaceuticals and energy companies operating on a worldwide basis. Ms. Foreman has reviewed and analyzed numerous potential acquisition targets for her employers and led the integration and consolidation of a wide variety of acquired businesses. She participates at the University of Florida on the Board for entrepreneurship development.

Hedy has held a position at a leading private equity fund, and currently holds the title of President and Management Director at Meacham Woodfield LLC, a boutique investment bank/private equity/advisory firm.

Natasha Ikonnikow Householder ’83

Business coach and consultant Natasha Ikonnikow Householder has more than 30 years of business experience working with and for Blue Chip organizations in a variety of industries including telecommunications, financial services, travel, consumer packaged goods, luxury products, publishing and energy.

She is currently working with a variety of start-up and early stage organizations to help them achieve greater results from their business. As a business coach and consultant, Natasha works with business owners and their teams to achieve greater results in the areas of profitability, improved productivity, enhanced team performance, marketing, sales and much more. Natasha also conducts executive coaching one-on-one with business leaders to improve their performance against their business objectives while helping them improve their work/life balance. Her clients’ successes are measured through emotional results as well as hard line numbers.

Nile Berry ’14

Nile is the Co-Founder of Nova Concepts (formally Marvel Vision), a Brooklyn-based creative agency that focuses on the intersection of media and new technology. Since the company began in 2015, they have worked alongside institutions like The National September 11th Museum, brands like Amazon Fashion and the top real estate developers in New York City.

Prior to founding his own company, Nile served as a Business Development Analyst at RSE Ventures; a sports, media and entertainment venture firm owned by the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. In this role, he was responsible for sourcing, reviewing and optimizing new business opportunities for the company.

Nile received his B.A. in Public Policy from Hamilton College in 2014 and was the winner of the 6th annual pitch competition.

Ideas Into Action

Ideas Into Action

Armed with a great concept, the confidence to take some risks and, of course, their newly minted Hamilton degrees, these enterprising young entrepreneurs are leaving their mark in the world of business.

Contact Information

Office of Alumni Relations

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