Pitch Day 2018

Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 4-7 PM

Center for the Arts

sponsored by

Central Wyoming College



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Pitch Day 2018

RSVP Today- Free and Open to the Public

We are pleased to announce the Pitch Day presenters.

Greta Eagan: Beauty Scripts

Ik’splôr: Kailey Gieck and Karissa Akin

Bob Fuziak: Arms Reach Industries

Irene Griswold-Prenner: Nitrome Biosciences

Ian McIver: Job Applix

Story Clark: Travel Story

Pitch Day exists to empower and inspire members of the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. This free annual event at the Center for the Arts in Jackson, Wyoming, features a handful of local entrepreneurs pitching their business ideas to a panel of experienced investors, and a general audience of over 200 people. This event supports the need for local start-up, and early stage, entrepreneurs to take their ideas to the next level, and gain valuable experience from the effort.

Selected entrepreneurs will have three coaching sessions with a team of successful entrepreneurs and business operators leading up to the main event. Coaching is a critical feature of the program, as it helps entrepreneurs understand and highlight insights and information investors need to evaluate a deal.

Additionally, this event encourages audience members who may need the inspiration (of seeing their peers present) to take the next step toward bringing their own entrepreneurial dreams to fruition. In order to strengthen our community, Silicon Couloir seeks to empower and inspire local entrepreneurs to build long lasting businesses that provide meaningful career opportunities for members of our community.

Pitch Day empowers entrepreneurs who are already on their way to growing sustainable businesses by offering a platform to gain experience, and feedback, that will help hone their ideas. Plus, Pitch Day inspires others in the audience to begin their own journey. When local businesses grow, our community is strengthened by meaningful job creation. Additionally, our community become stronger when more experienced members of our entrepreneurial community contribute their knowledge to help others along their entrepreneurial path. When we help one another, our community becomes more connected and stronger.


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After each presenting company gives their 8 minute/8 slides pitch, our panel of judges will spend 10 minutes questioning the entrepreneurs on their business model. Once all 6 companies have presented, the panel will award prizes to the overall winner, and first runner up based on: strength/scalability of business idea, strength of presentation, likelihood of succeeding, likelihood of getting funded, “special sauce” factor. Additionally, the live audience will be given the opportunity to vote for their winner through real time text message voting.


2018 Pitch Day Presenters



Bob Fuziak: Arms Reach Industries

The Night Caddy, ArmsReach Premier product, is the solution to bedside organization. Keep all your bedside essentials in arm's reach and charge your most needed devices.

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Greta Eagan: Beauty Scripts

Beauty Scripts is a digital monetization tool that allows beauty professionals to leverage their expertise while deepening client relationships by making personalized product recommendations. Think of us as Pinterest meets the Rx pad. 



Ik’splôr- Kailey Gieck and Karissa Akin

From sleeping in the nursery to adventures in the Tetons, our 100% Merino Wool children's clothing and accessories are designed to keep little ones comfortable and parents confident. We are passionate about connecting parents through outdoor exploration and the benefits of wool for our children and mother earth.  



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Irene Griswold-Prenner: Nitrome Biosciences

In the US, nearly one million people live with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Currently PD drugs do not slow the course of disease; they only alleviate symptoms. When Nitrome Biosciences is successful, we will have developed a novel drug that improves lives not only of PD patients but also their families and caregivers.



Ian McIver: Job Applix

Job Allplix is a web based human capital tool helping small to mid sized business increase staff retention by improving the employee selection process. 



Story Clark: TravelStorys

TravelStorysGPS uses its patented mobile technology to capture travelers while they travel by presenting inspiring and informative local audio storytelling about their surroundings - hands-free. Nonprofits, agencies, and businesses create quality geolocational audio content using TravelStorys digital storytelling tools and TravelStorysGPS distributes this content and hands-free technology to the travel industry, establishing a mobile commercial messaging platform to reach travelers on the go. TravelStorysGPS is working with nonprofit, agency, and business content creators and travel industry partners in 16 states.


2018 Pitch Day Panelists

Colin Corgan


Colin is currently CFO for Delicious Contents, a Brooklyn-based Social Media Advertising firm.  Prior to that, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs where he held a variety of roles over 16 years in London, Tokyo and New York.  Most recently, he ran Interest Rate Products Trading in the Americas within the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division and served on a host of industry and firmwide committees in various capacities. Colin holds a BA from Dartmouth College where he played football 4 years.  He is on the board of SeedInvest - a leading equity crowdfunding platform and splits time between Austin and Jackson.






Debby Hopkins

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Debby Hopkins is an Independent Board Member and an active advisor to early stage companies. Her C suite experiences in finance, technology and innovation across multiple industries allow her to bring a unique view to support management teams in pursuit of Growth. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Union Pacific and Marsh & McLennan. Debby is an Advisory Board Member at Riverwood Capital, VentureWell, Marto Capital, and Sales Hero, and an Executive Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is a Board Member at St. John’s Hospital Foundation and a Trustee for Silicon Couloir, both located in Jackson WY.Debby was founder and CEO of Citi Ventures based in Silicon Valley, and Citi’s first Chief Innovation Officer. She and her team focused on a robust venture investing program, a global network of labs, and implementing a global growth operating system. Debby joined Citi in 2003 as Head of Corporate Strategy and M&A. She was Chief Operations and Technology Officer and later a senior advisor to Citi’s Investment Bank winning IPOs including VMware, Palo Alto Networks, Arista and Qliktech. Debby retired from Citi in December 2016.Prior to Citi she served as Chief Financial Officer at The Boeing Company and Lucent Technologies. She was General Auditor at General Motors, VP of Finance at GM Europe in Zurich, and formerly Corporate Controller at Unisys. She started her career at Ford.Debby served on the Boards of DuPont, Dendrite and Qlik Technologies. Fortune twice placed Debby in the top 10 most powerful women in business and was on the Institutional Investor’s Top 50 list every year from 2011 until her retirement. Debby holds honorary doctorate degrees from Westminster College and Walsh College.


Sheryl Marshall


Sheryl R. Marshall is the Founder of Capital W, a Boston based firm that connects women to venture capital.  Capital W is dedicated to closing the gap in financing for women entrepreneurs by arranging summits to “pitch” to the mostly male VC community, and has received national attention.  She has spent the past thirty years in the financial services industry as both a financial advisor and venture capitalist. She worked for many prestigious firms including Credit Suisse, and Drexel Burnham.   Ms. Marshall was the managing partner and founder of Axxon Capital; the largest female owned venture capital fund dedicated to investing in women owned businesses. Successful investments included Guardent, which was sold to Verisign, and Circles, which was sold to Sodexho.  President Clinton appointed Ms. Marshall to the Thrift Savings Plan, the largest 401k plan in the world that oversees $100 billion of assets for Federal employees. She also served on Governor Mitt Romney’s transition team and the Blue Ribbon Commission for the City of Newton, where she chaired the sub-committee on pension reform. Ms. Marshall was also appointed by Governor William Weld to chair the Investment Committee and serve on the board of the Massachusetts Thrift Fund, a $100 million dollar fund that was dedicated to economic development loans. Her corporate boards included Flighttime, a business-to-business air charter company, MarketMax, a retail software optimization firm, and Daffy’s, a regional clothing retailer. Ms. Marshall is also a FINRA certified arbitrator. In addition, Ms. Marshall served on the boards of many civic organizations including the International Women’s Forum, the Massachusetts Women’s’ Forum, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Huntington Theater and a past president of the Boston Club. She has received many community awards including the Alumni Achievement Award from Simmons College, the Abigail Adams Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, Woman of the Year from Big Sisters, Academy of Achievers from the YWCA, Women on the Edge from the Organization for a New Equality and the Institute of Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee.  Ms. Marshall received her B.A. from Emerson College and her M.B.A from Simmons College. She is a frequent speaker on issues relating to women and money.


Shannon Miles


Shannon Miles is an advocate for people to have a career AND the flexibility they crave to keep their priorities in a healthy order. She is the CEO and Co-founder of BELAY, a staffing company serving businesses all over the U.S.  When Shannon faced an all too common, yet emotional decision to stay home with her new baby or return to a fast-paced, demanding career (that she loved), she knew that there had to be a way to have both. Shannon first asked her boss if she could work part-time from home and her boss said “no”. She resolved not to accept that initial “no” as final but rather stuck to her convictions and proposed the same plan to her boss’ boss. He said ‘yes’ and she began planning how to make her schedule and workplace more flexible a reality by creating what she calls “The Third Option” – having a career and a family and succeeding at both. With her personal experience as a driver, the idea evolved for an innovative staffing company where all employees and contractors work remotely from their home office. Shannon and her husband, Bryan, cashed in their 401(k)s in 2010 and founded BELAY. The company has exploded into 600+ team members, all working from home, pursuing their own Third Option while serving BELAY’s 1,200+ clients. Without an office, BELAY has graced the Inc. 5000 list three times and was awarded the number one spot in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Company Culture.

Shannon’s new book The Third Option: Why a Woman Doesn’t Have to Choose Between a Career and Family, but Can Actually Have Both and Succeed is available April 2018. Shannon is passionate about serving others and inspiring them to live a fuller, richer lives. She lives with her husband Bryan, and their two children, Harper and Rainey, in Atlanta. Practicing what she preaches, they spend their days running the company from their porch in Georgia, from the mountains in Jackson Hole, or from the beaches in the panhandle of Florida.


Chris Wooley

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Chris is an entrepreneur, Board Member, investor, business advisor, and mentor based in Jackson Hole WY. Most of the companies he is involved with share one or more of the following characteristics: start up, high growth, and / or turn around. Having founded 2 business banks and a specialty lending group, he has particular expertise as an entrepreneur in the banking/ finance sector. In addition to starting banks, Chris spent over 25 years financing start-up and middle market companies as a banking executive.Chris is a Founding Board Member of Endeavor Bank, which opened in 2018 and is one of the first new banks in the US in the past decade. He was a Founder of Square 1 Bank and a member of the executive team that successfully took the company public in 2014 (SQBK). Previously, Chris was the founding executive for Imperial Bank’s Technology & Life Science Division in the Pacific Southwest.