"Entrepreneurs are at the core of bringing ideas to life and the Centennial Center has done a marvelous job in providing an opportunity, through the annual entrepreneurial proposal competition, for aspiring entrepreneurs at HWS to develop and pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. I have been proud to serve as a judge for this competition and have been impressed with the innovative ideas presented by talented HWS students."
- Dean Mark Zupan, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, The Pitch Judge 2011
"I applaud Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and, particularly, the Centennial Center for Leadership, for creating this case competition. The need for creative entrepreneurship spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, and your student competitors clearly answered the call. I was deeply impressed by their ability to frame a problem, come up with a fresh, new solution, and then articulate their goals. These are the marks of the broadly educated! Congratulations on your inaugural event."
- Hollis S. Budd, Executive Director, Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, The Pitch Judge 2011
"Several years ago, for the William Smith Centennial, I contributed to the fundraising effort of the Centennial Center. I was happy to do so but I am so pleased I could become involved on a personal level with leadership building on the college campus. Working as a mentor, I was able to help a student's idealistic dreams morph into a realistic business venture. Sara was open to advice, learning and molding her dreams so that they could become a reality. Sara worked incredibly hard on this project with several revisions but was able to absorb all the input from my advice, professor's information, and advisor's guidance. What a fabulous way to learn in college!"
- Dr. Deborah Pilla '76, The Pitch Mentor 2011
"The support from the Centennial Center for Leadership has been invaluable. The Pitch gives HWS students a unique platform to develop their ideas and transform it to a reality that would not be possible without the resources and mentorship provided by the CCL. As a liberal arts institution, student entrepreneurs are a reflection of the multidisciplinary education provided by HWS and I believe the Pitch contest will ultimately become representative of the vast educational opportunities available on campus."
- Matthew Mead '13, The Pitch 2013 finalist
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Sam Singer, a Pitch finalist in 2011-2012, continues to work on TRAIN Gum, an all-natural chewing. Recently, he has partnered with a Massachusetts-based firm in order to expand TRAIN. Currently, he taking orders on his website. Additionally, six stores (including the HWS College Store) are carrying TRAIN Gum and it will be featured at three Farmer’s Markets (Brookline, Waltham and Watertown) this summer. Check out the TRAIN Gum Facebook page for more updates.
Mimi Mahoney '14, a Pitch finalist in 2012-2013, was accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University where she plans to further her work on her non-profit idea, “Connecting Smiles,” which serves individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Matthew Mead '13, a 2012-213 Pitch finalist, introduced Hempitecture, which is architecture firm that designs building materials with industrial hemp-based products. He is currently working with an organization in Idaho to build a Hempitecture building. He and his partner recently launched a Kickstarter campaign and exceeded their funding goal of $25,000. For more info check out the Hempitecture page.