Pitch YEA! 2019-What a NIGHT!

Sunday, January 27th, 2019, 9 kid bosses help us make history by taking the stage to pitch their ideas in Austin, Texas for a chance at some of the $5,000 pot. Believed to be one of the first competitions of its kind—open to all students under the age of 18, students from far and wide were invited to apply to pitch. December 4th, 2018, nine finalist were announced (three from each age category: 8 and under, 9-13, 14-18) and began their journey to build their pitch with the support of SKC and mentors.

Our nine finalist included:

8 and Under



7 yr. old, CEO of “The Get to Know You” Game, student at Magellan International School. Anjali was mentored by Britney Hicks, founder of Bright Angle.


8 yr. old, Founder of Jonahs Austin Scavenger Hunt, student at Eanes Elementary. Jonah was mentored by Stephen Stearman, program development director at Notley Ventures.


8 yr. old, Founder of Loco Leashes, student at Eanes Elementary Amelia was mentored by Britney Schielack, co-founder of the Platform..

9-13 Years Old



13 yr. old, Community Conversations, impact leader and student in La Grange ISD. Cara was mentored by Brandon Schielack, co-founder of the Platform.


Jett & Cole

13 yr. old founders and creator of Sweet Tooth Sushi, students at Hill Country Middle School. Jett and Cole were mentored by Alik Mock, founder of Genwise.


Lolo & Arielle

10 yr. old creators of YouROCK LunchTALK, students at Lake Pointe Elementary and The Magnolia School. Arielle and Lolo were mentored by Shelley Delayne, founder of Orange Co-Working.

14-18 Year Old

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14 yr. old creator of Pride Place, student of Crockett High School. MJ was mentored by Stephaine Therien, founder of Beyond Green Media.

Jasmine & Destiny

14 and 16 yr. old creator of Eyeon, students with AISD and High Five Destiny and Jasmine were mentored by Martin Tyson, founder of High Five.


Walter & Julian

18 yr. old founders of Surface, students at Crockett High School Kason and Walter were mentored by Jason Allen.

Each finalist presented an amazing pitch to our judges:

  • Kathy Terry, founder of InLieu and co-founder of P-Terrys

  • Ben Doughtry, co-founder of Favor and Sunroom Rentals,

  • Adam Toren, best selling youth entrepreneur author

  • Jack Bonneau, previous Shark Tank contestant and founder of Jack’s Stand

And three finalist walked away with funding to help their big idea become a reality. SKC founder, Amber Wakem was joined by co-host, Mikalia Ulmer, the founder of Me and the Bees founder.

Prior to taking the stage, all finalist took place in a pitch coaching workshop hosted at Capital Factory. Finalist were joined by their mentors for a SIX HOUR day of practice, prep, and motivation with special appearances from:

  • Me and the Bees founder, Mikalia Ulmer,

  • Alamo Drafthouse founder, Tim League,

  • Live a Great Story creator, Zach H.

  • Pitch coaching extraordinaire, Isaiah McPeak


All students walked away with a free checking account, courtesy of ABC Bank, a three month membership to the SKC CO:LAB, free cCommerce hosting on the Platform, and a voucher good for three days and four nights to a hotel in Orlando.


Big Winners of the Night


Lolo O. and Arielle K.


8 and Under

Anjali Pai, winner of $1,000

9-13 Years

Jett Bennett and Cole Scott, winner of $1,000


14-18 Years

Julian and Walter, winner of $1,000


Julian and Walter, Winner of $2,000 ($3,000 Overall!)

We couldn’t be more proud of all of the finalist for the amazing dedication and presence they brought to the stage. We can’t wait to see all of the BIG things they accomplish. Mark your calendars. Next Pitch YEA! Austin is scheduled for 1/26/2020! Stay tuned for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors and volunteers who made the 2019 Pitch YEA! Austin possible. Together we are changing the world!

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Amber Wakem