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Congratulations to 2013 IMSA TALENT Power Pitch Winners

IMSA student entrepreneurs Jason Lin, Kenrick Lau and Jung Oh won 1st place and a $3,000 grand prize for their new business idea during the 5th Annual IMSA TALENT Power Pitch at the MIT Enterprise Forum in Chicago.

During the Power Pitch, student finalists presented their ideas for a business, product or service to potential investors, competing for cash prizes made possible by the generosity of the late Virginia B. Cherry and additional supporters. 


Winners for this year's competition included:

1st place and $3,000 - IMSA students Jason Lin, Kendrick Laue and Jung Oh (pictured) for Wiki Roster, a website to provide students with class rosters for networking, collaboration and transactions

2nd place and $2,000 - IMSA student Ethan Gorden for BEND, a method for harnessing an unlimited alternative emergy source by generating electricity from undersea currents

3rd place and $1,000 - IMSA student David Park for tunesketch, an app that allows you to create a professional and unique song 

This year’s competition was focused on technology businesses and feature a panel of distinguished judges from the Chicago business community including:

·         Mr. Jose DeFranciso, Director of Marketing for Cloud Computing at Lucent

·         Mr. Bob Geras, President LaSalle Investments

·         Josh Metnick, Founder and Chairman of Inc.

.         Tyler Spalding, Cofounder of

.         Hugh Musick, Associate Dean and Director of Executive Education at IIT Institute of Design

The student projects were also featured in the Aurora Beacon News.

The annual Power Pitch is the culminating event of the IMSA TALENT Program, which focuses on student entrepreneurship in a context of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM). The TALENT program provides on-campus, off-campus and virtual learning experiences to help IMSA students and others in Illinois take a concept from idea to start up. Featured speakers throughout the year have included a number of IMSA alumni entrepreneurs who have founded companies including Spark Notes, OKCupid and GoPicnic.

The TALENT Program is supported by various individuals, corporations and foundations. If interested, contact Paul Milano at (630.907.5989).

For students interested in a summer camp experience, IMSA will be hosting the TALENT UPgrade Experience July 8 - July 26 for high school entrepreneurs who have a business idea they want to take to the next level. To apply and for more information visit

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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