On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 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

2019 Finalists

2019 Archangel's Den Photos

Click here to watch the 2019 Archangel's Den highlights. 

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
    Vlado Jokic
  • Keynote Speakers:
    Denise Wild
    Roland Acheampong
  • Pitch Mentors:
    Robert Bartucci '96
    Rowan Comish '12
    Dante Vertolli '11
    Giampiero De Pasquale '08
    Michael Grochmal '95
  • Product Mentors:
    Robert Bartucci '96
    Michael McCarthy '88
    Robert Milne 
  • Co-hosts:
    Gavin Davidson '93
    Hon. Con Di Nino, OSM (Honorary '13) 

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 Archangel's Den programme