District C Pitch Night: October 7, 2019

This is Pitch Night. Four teams of high school students from 12 different schools will pitch solutions to real problems posed by Mati Energy and the Loading Dock.


Schedule of Events

[6:00 pm - 6:30 pm] Reception: Join us in the main lobby for light snacks and networking.

[6:30 pm - 6:40 pm] Opening remarks in the main lobby.

[6:40 pm - 6:45 pm] Make your way to Conference B or C.

[6:45 pm - 7:45 pm] Pitches: Note that Squads 43 & 44 will be in Conference B, while Squads 45 & 46 will be in Conference C.

[7:45 pm - 7:50 pm] Make your way back to the main lobby.

[7:50 pm - 8:00 pm] Closing remarks and induction ceremony.


Guests

Opening Remarks: Thank you to our speakers for setting the right tone for tonight’s event.

CORINA ARGIRY   District C alumna  Saint Mary’s School, ‘20

CORINA ARGIRY

District C alumna

Saint Mary’s School, ‘20

JON HAYES   Founder & CEO  Reward Stock

JON HAYES

Founder & CEO

Reward Stock

 

Pitch Moderators: Thank you to our student moderators for keeping us all honest and on track tonight.

JAKE CLIFFORD   District C alumnus  Heritage HS, ‘20

JAKE CLIFFORD

District C alumnus

Heritage HS, ‘20

GRACIE STASER   District C alumna  Broughton HS, ‘20

GRACIE STASER

District C alumna

Broughton HS, ‘20

 

Pitch Panelists: Thanks to our professional panelists for evaluating pitches and sending feedback to our student teams.

CANDICE MILES   Strategic Account Lead at TEKsystems

CANDICE MILES

Strategic Account Lead at TEKsystems

MJ SALAHUDDIN   IT Applications Account Manager at TEKsystems

MJ SALAHUDDIN

IT Applications Account Manager at TEKsystems

DEZBEE McDANIEL   Co-Founder & CEO at Everywhere Ad

DEZBEE McDANIEL

Co-Founder & CEO at Everywhere Ad

JOE MANCINI   VP Revenue Operations at Digital Turbine

JOE MANCINI

VP Revenue Operations at Digital Turbine

KAAELA JONES   Digital & Creative Recruiter at TEKsystems

KAAELA JONES

Digital & Creative Recruiter at TEKsystems

 

Event Support: Many thanks to these District C community members and alumni for helping us make this event a success.

Le-Keisha Griffin
Madison Lopert
Cierra Redden
Alex Nahapetyan
Manuhe Abebe


Pitches in Conference B

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The Business: Mati Energy
A natural, organic energy drink company

The Problem:
MATI believes it is underperforming against its potential, specifically in Whole Foods.

Representing the Business:

JACOB BURT   Digital Marketing, e-Commerce  MATI Energy

JACOB BURT

Digital Marketing, e-Commerce

MATI Energy

 


Squad 43

 Squad 44


Pitches in Conference C

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The Business: Loading Dock
A local co-working company that believes in equitable access to entrepreneurial opportunities and co-working space

The Problem:
Loading Dock is concerned they don’t have meaningful strategies for neighbor engagement for their new Prince Hall location.

Representing the Business:

CLARK RINEHART   Director of Community  Loading Dock Raleigh

CLARK RINEHART

Director of Community

Loading Dock Raleigh

JALEN HATTON   Community Manager  Loading Dock Raleigh

JALEN HATTON

Community Manager

Loading Dock Raleigh

 

Squad 45

Squad 46


How You Can Help

  1. Spread the word on social media during the event using:

    • @DistrictC17

    • @HQRaleigh

    • @drinkmati

    • @LoadingDockRal

    • @RewardStock

    • #HQRaleighGateway

    • #FirstInTalent

  2. Make a donation here.

  3. Contact District C to be a business partner

  4. Contact District C to refer a school.


Thank You to Our #FirstInTalent Members

Our #FirstInTalent Member organizations provide financial support, which enables us to offer our programs free of charge to the students we work with. Tonight, we are especially grateful to HQ Raleigh for making this beautiful space available to us and our community.