The Archangel’s Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest, an event at St. Michael’s College School, nurtures, develops, and supports the educational journey and entrepreneurial aspirations of young alumni and current students, by providing them access to valuable learning, mentorship, and networking opportunities that reflect the mission and values of the school.
On Wednesday, June 5, a group of five young and talented alumni entrepreneurs presented their pitch ideas to a panel of six judges with a goal to win prize money that would assist them in moving their business ideas forward.
The Alumni Association would like to offer congratulations to:
1st Place ($10,000 and six months of mentoring)
Robert Celik ’14: Unavoidable
Unavoidable collects food waste (e.g. coffee grounds and egg shells) from certain foodservice industries at no cost. Unavoidable transforms the material into valuable products that consumers demand. Pitch Mentor: Dante Vertolli ’11 | Product Mentor: Robert Bartucci ’96
2nd Place ($3,500 and six months of mentoring)
Liam Herbst ’14: RateRover
(Team members: Shawn Moss and Adithya Sukumar)
RateRover is a financial product comparison chatbot which recommends the best financial products to users based on their lifestyle and spending habits. RateRover solves this problem with a simplified, personalized, and charming Facebook Messenger chatbot. Pitch Mentor: Giampiero De Pasquale ’08 | Product Mentor: Robert Milne
3rd Place ($1,500 and six months of mentoring)
Gabe Gallucci ’09: ALTR Inc.
(Team members: Giancarlo Gallucci, Nicole Gallucci, Brandon Shidlowski, Denis Lipman)
ALTR is an all-encompassing creative and content house that co-creates and represents musicians, visual artists, and creative brands. ALTR is building its reputation as a hub for 'ALTRnative' thinking that creates sustainable brands/businesses. Pitch Mentor: Robert Bartucci ’96 | Product Mentor: Michael McCarthy '88
The SMCS Alumni Association would like to thank the following for their commitment to making this event a success:
- Judges: Matt Gubasta '13, Steven Hellmann '96, Stan Kuliavas '98, Susan Motkaluk, Nikki Pett, and Vlado Jokic
- Keynote Speakers: Denise Wild and Roland Acheampong
- Pitch Mentors: Robert Bartucci '96, Rowan Comish '12, Dante Vertolli '11, Giampiero De Pasquale '08, and Michael Grochmal '95
- Product Mentors: Robert Bartucci '96, Michael McCarthy '88, and Robert Milne
- Co-hosts: Hon. Con Di Nino, OSM (Honorary '13) and Gavin Davidson '93
A special thank you to the very generous alumni donors for making the 2nd Archangel's Den Alumni Entrepreneur Contest possible.
The 3rd Archangel's Den will take place in the Spring of 2020.
2019 Event Programme
2018 Archangel's Den