Project Pitch It

Weekly Local Entrepreneur TV Showcase

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WISN Channel 12 Milwaukee
WKBT Sat 10:35 p.m.
WBAY Sun 11:00 a.m.
WISC Sat 12:05 a.m.

Who knows? Maybe one day your name — or that of someone you know — will stand among the greatest entrepreneurs of all time… Or maybe you’ll simply find out the world has no need for an inside-the-egg-shell yolk scrambler. You know, the one some poor guy spent $30,000 and six years developing.

There’s only one way to find out… “Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Whatever the outcome, it all adds up to one of the most exciting and entertaining local shows on TV. And who knows? We may even uncover or inspire the next great American success story.

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Season 1 Preview

Episode 1

The Juice Kitchen is a movement! A space and a recipe made with love for our community. Our vision is community ownership and wellness through living foods. When you purchase products from The Juice Kitchen you are boldly investing in our neighbors, our youth, and impacting your own personal wellness. We combine fresh fruit and vegetables to create life affirming mixtures.

DO YOU STRUGGLE TO RISE FROM ARMLESS CHAIRS?
EZ-Sit adds arms to almost any chair for your ease and stability for sitting and standing.

Welcome to Roving Blue, located in Wisconsin, USA!
We are proud to be building advanced, portable water purification systems that harness the purifying power of ozone for use around the world.

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Episode 2

The Story Behind ‘SnotTape

It all started with a bold decision by a do-it-yourselfer with a perfectionist bent. In other words, when Dave decided to paint his den bright red.

Soon enough, Dave was seeing red. Too much of it, in fact. Tape after tape, try after try, he couldn’t seem to keep the red paint from encroaching onto his white ceiling.

Applying his engineering background, he examined the problem more closely. And he came to realize that the challenge wasn’t the tape. It was, and always will be, the surface. Paint bleeds through because tape can’t fill the gaps created by surface texture.

So Dave set out to develop a product that could form a more complete barrier. And five years later, ‘SnotTape was born.

In 2013, Physical Therapy of Milwaukee was established to provide Milwaukee residents with the first English and Spanish-speaking physical therapy clinic. Beginning with only two employees, PTM has expanded its team and performed over 4,000 physical therapy visits.

In addition to rehabilitation services, PTM is also involved within Milwaukee community and strives to promote healthy lifestyles. PTM has participated in Día de la Mujer Latina, an annual event offering cancer prevention resources to low-income Hispanic women, the American Heart Association's annual Heart Walk, and many more community events. PTM staff regularly visits senior living communities and local schools to educate others on safe lifting techniques and injury rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy of Milwaukee's mission is to provide first class rehabilitation care while focusing on restoring a patient's quality of life through personalized care, comprehensive education and research based treatment.

Compost Crusader wants to help your business, organization, school, or municipality contribute to the healing of our planet. Our mission is to help create a culture of sustainability throughout Milwaukee County.

Be part of the many businesses who are already involved in composting their organic waste. Show your customers and the community that you're responsible, Eco-friendly and you truly care.

JOIN US TODAY!

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Episode 3

Our high-end audio equipment is manufactured entirely in our home state of Wisconsin. We are dedicated to fully supplying our products from local vendors whenever conceivably possible. The focus on helping to strengthen and support our community is central to our mission and is fully reflected in our vendor network. Together we can help drive economic development to the "Heartland" of America.

I'm Eder, and it rhymes with Cheddar, a food enthusiast and full-time scientist and food sculptor. Our family decided to start a small business right here in Madison, WI. We love carving and impressing our guest. And we would like to share our passion and impress your guest and loved ones for your very special event. Our Fruit is all-natural and as healthy as you can get.

D3Riffs is proudly a 100% based-USA company which designs and manufactures high quality, top grain leather products for the motorcycle, equestrian and hunting communities. We continually strive to deliver innovative products, keeping quality and integrity a top priority.

Our leather is a proprietary tanning process which allows our leather to be strong and durable yet soft and comfortable. All our products are hand-made. Through customers’ feedback the designs continue to evolve. We are proud to commit to 100% customer satisfaction by providing a personalized shopping experience as well as giving back by supporting our communities through charitable donations and events. All of us at D3Riffs are committed to quality, integrity, and customer satisfaction from day one.

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Episode 4

Meeper Technology, LLC strives to enable new experiences, learning and creativity for imaginative minds, providing our Power BOTS to power your bricks and our open Power Platform which includes BOTs, 3D MOCs and files, and Programs in our Meeper Marketplace where we share this with our Meeper Makers and let our Makers share their own creations and ideas.

MyPhame.com is an internet platform based out of Wisconsin specializing in online portfolios for artists, organizations, and regular members. Started in 2011, our sole purpose is to expose the best of the best in a professional environment with a social feel. Artists from high school, college, and artistic organizations will enhance how they discover, distribute, and collaborate.

Our Mission: To Create Memorable On-The-Water Experiences for All of Our Members, Every Day

It's simple, but it makes us happy. Whether it's about catching a trophy fish, spending a day on the water with family and friends, or enjoying mother nature, it's our goal to make more of these moments happen every day.

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Episode 5

We believe that different, unusual, brave ways of thinking are what make the impossible a reality. We want to give kids permission and encouragement to imagine, explore and create — the things that make magic. Our mantra — KEEP YOUR HEAD IN THE CLOUDS — is a reminder not to let anyone tell you to play it safe or that you can’t do something. It’s a rebellion against being dragged back down to earth, following the crowd or settling for average. theMINIclassy is for all the little dreamers out there!

The Young Enterprising Society’s mission is to be an international epicenter for financially, politically and socially progressive individuals. Serving as a hub, YES aims to mobilize people, information, resources and capital for the greater good of its members and society at large.

Seiva Technologies manufactures sensor-embedded training gear that tracks an athlete's movement patterns and wirelessly communicates this data to our mobile software application. There, we analyze the data with machine-learning algorithms to provide sports specific feedback to athletes and trainers in real-time.

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Episode 6

Located on the north side of Milwaukee, That Hood Ranch Is Where We Grow Our Summer selections. Sitting on 1/2 acre of land, we are about 1/2 block from Parklawn Housing. From Rain water reuse to planting, growing and harvesting, 2014 & 2015 were years we began to grow our products on our land and our way.

Grow your email lists. Increase Time on Site. Generate Leads. Gather More Valuable Data.
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Welcome to AE.DRUMS LLC! For those that are new to the company, we are revolutionary product developers in the percussion field. Our hope is to "make noise by keeping it quiet," providing our users with easily portable, double-headed drums. One head provides performance-quality sound, while the other gives a reduced-sound practice pad with realistic drum aesthetic and feel.

“Project Pitch It”, the show where local entrepreneurs and their ideas are put to the ultimate test. Each week, three aspiring — and often inspiring — local entrepreneurs get the chance to pitch their innovative new ideas to a panel of area business moguls. These successful self-made millionaires then pepper the entrepreneurs with questions, assess the potential of each idea and finally present awards with a total value of nearly $30,000 designed to help each entrepreneur move their business to the next step. The awards range from free tuition for mentoring and office space at Cardinal Stritch University, a business dinner with the Brightstar Foundation or $10,000 cash.

Meet the Moguls

Select a mogul to learn more about them.
Jerry Jendusa co-founded STUCK Inc. to revolutionize the business advisory and investment world. Previously, Jerry was the CEO for a company that went from a basement start up to an international business. His passion is teaching and developing others to achieve great things with a entrepreneurial spirit.
Jim Lindenberg is the past owner of World Class Wire & Cable Inc, and the Milwaukee Wave. Since receiving his MBA from CSU, he is passionate about creating new business in Milwaukee.
Mark Burish is a board member of Brightstar, a foundation all about job creation and the desire to keep our best and brightest companies and graduates in state. BrightStar has invested $4.2 million into 29 companies, growing the Wisconsin economy through job creation.
Peter Feigin is the president of the Milwaukee Bucks, he will spearhead the growth of the Bucks’ business operations and lead the organization’s talented executive team. In addition, Peter will be overseeing the construction of the Milwaukee Bucks arena leading to hundreds of new Milwaukee jobs. He feels that the sky’s the limit in Milwaukee.
Select a mogul to learn more about them.

Jerry Jendusa Jerry Jendusa

Jerry Jendusa co-founded STUCK Inc. to revolutionize the business advisory and investment world. Previously, Jerry was the CEO for a company that went from a basement start up to an international business. His passion is teaching and developing others to achieve great things with a entrepreneurial spirit.

Jim Lindenberg Jim Lindenberg

Jim Lindenberg is the past owner of World Class Wire & Cable Inc, and the Milwaukee Wave. Since receiving his MBA from CSU, he is passionate about creating new business in Milwaukee.

Mark Burish Mark Burish

Mark Burish is a board member of Brightstar, a foundation all about job creation and the desire to keep our best and brightest companies and graduates in state. BrightStar has invested $4.2 million into 29 companies, growing the Wisconsin economy through job creation.

Peter Feigin Peter Feigin

Peter Feigin is the president of the Milwaukee Bucks, he will spearhead the growth of the Bucks’ business operations and lead the organization’s talented executive team. In addition, Peter will be overseeing the construction of the Milwaukee Bucks arena leading to hundreds of new Milwaukee jobs. He feels that the sky’s the limit in Milwaukee.
Keeping them in line, Dr. Eve Hall

Keeping them in line, Dr. Eve Hall

Dr. Eve M. Hall, a leader and advocate, experienced in education, non-profit, and government sectors, has established her imprint locally and nationally. She has earned a reputation as a “builder” and one who inspires and demonstrates the power of strong programs and partnerships to create change and opportunities that positively impact the lives of others. She presently serves as the President/ CEO of The Milwaukee Urban League.

Keeping them in line, Dr. Eve Hall

Pitch Your Idea to be on Season 2!

1

Have a really cool idea.

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Pull out your cellphone and shoot a short video of you telling us why your idea is so cool.

3

Upload your video to YouTube and send us the link.

Send Video Link

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Start thinking about how you’ll be spending that $10,000 Grand Prize.

Thank You to Our Partners

  • Cardinal Stritch University

    Cardinal Stritch University offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs that help students develop new skills, gain career-related experience, and build professional networks.Students, families, and employers know Stritch as an excellent choice for studying the arts, business, education, leadership, liberal arts, nursing, and the sciences.. With more than 34,000 alumni, our graduates are known for their roles at nonprofits, schools, small companies, health care organizations, corporations, and entrepreneurial ventures. Through education, academic support, mentoring, and career opportunities, we help students find their mission in life.
  • Milwaukee Bucks

    The Milwaukee Bucks are initiating collective efforts to revitalize Milwaukee begin to move from vision to reality, These plans reflect the commitment of our ownership, generosity of Senator Kohl and historic collaboration with public officials to build a world-class sports and entertainment destination in the heart of downtown Milwaukee. We look forward to working closely with public officials and the entire community over the next several months to finalize the design and construction plans so that we can begin to create long-lasting jobs and economic opportunity in Milwaukee.
  • Lindy Enterprises, Inc.

    Lindy Enterprises was incorporated in 2008 by well known entrepreneur Jim Lindenberg. Lindy Enterprises was started with the ultimate goal of helping the success and building process of businesses. Jim Lindenberg has had experience in businesses at all stages and can relate to the struggles that all businesses face. Jim is looking to build and nourish relationships with other business leaders. Jim Lindenberg wants to listen to the wants and needs of you and your business. We’ll then develop a strategy to create attainable goals and an action plan to meet and surpass those goals.
  • BrightStar Wisconsin

    The BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation accepts charitable donations as a 501(c)(3) organization and uses them to take equity positions in for-profit early-stage companies. Earnings and return of proceeds on investments made will be reinvested again and again. BSW works with government, educational institutions, other charitable organizations, angel groups and venture funds to identify, invest or co-invest in, and promote fast growing early-stage companies to create technology based jobs in Wisconsin.
  • Stuck

    Our passion is to help businesses grow by sharing lessons we have learned along the way. We offer business advisory services and coaching to help you grow. Jerry co-founded STUCK Inc. to revolutionize the business advisory and investment world. STUCK touches many aspects of business, including planning/strategy, coaching, advisory board support, investing and giving back to the local community.
  • The Business Journal

    The Milwaukee Business Journal features local people and decision makers who are leaders in their business communities. They report on local and national issues that impact subscribers’ businesses and assist them in growing their companies.
  • BizStarts

    BizStarts works with entrepreneurs, service providers, capital connections and other resources to help launch and grow new companies that will create sustainable jobs. From small stores to large, scalable start-ups, BizStarts is a one-stop center that offers all the help and connections entrepreneurs need including: one-on-one meetings, market assessment, team assessment, financial preparation and more. We stay with the entrepreneur every step of the way until they succeed.
  • Platypus Advertising + Design

    Need help getting your goods or services ready for market? Platypus Advertising + Design is a full-service global and local marketing and design firm. If you need assistance in developing the look of your brand and its core promise to your customers, designing and building a website, creating a buzz for the news media or an advertising plan that will get you noticed, let the many creative resources at our firm go to work for you.
  • Ground Floor Funding LLC

    Ground Floor Funding LLC is committed to fueling entrepreneurship by providing equity capital investment to start up and building stage companies. Job creation is a priority. In addition to capital commitments we offer other critical guidance to foster success. Organizational development, operational efficiencies, strategic planning, process management and continuous improvement.
  • Propellor

    Propeller is a creative marketing agency in Milwaukee. We are a team of artists, strategists and communicators, who have a passion for ideas. You can see that in our execution and the results we get.
  • My People Creative

    We work closely with our clients to develop and deliver your creative goals. We provide innovative solutions to accommodate you at every step and deliver the product you imagined… from concept, to final delivery. We offer creative solutions no matter how large or small your project.
  • Guardian Credit Union

    Guardian Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned, financial cooperative, dedicated to being the member's primary financial institution by providing superior, comprehensive, courteous, and prompt services.