Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.

Power Pitch 2018

power_pitch_logo_square.pngPower Pitch 2018

$3,000 in Cash Prizes will be awarded

The competition is Saturday, March 17, 2018 on the IMSA campus. Open to individuals and teams in grades 6 – 12.

Cash Prizes:

$1,500 First Prize   Sponsored by Charles Whittaker

$1,000 Second Prize   Sponsored by

$500 Third Prize   Sponsored by After the Peanut

Power Pitch is a stepping stone to the Next Launch competition

The Next Launch is a business idea pitch competition held later in May 2018 in Indiana that draws high school teams from schools in Illinois and indiana. IMSA TALENT high school students may participate even if they are not enrolled full-time at IMSA.

Overview of Power Pitch Process 2018 (pdf)



Forty-one teams are currently registered for Power Pitch. Teams that qualify with an elevator pitch by Feb 26 will pitch on March 17.  


Coaching sessions are available Monday evenings, from Jan 22 through Mar 12 (excluding Feb 19 holiday). IN2 members are free; drop-ins are $10 per evening. IN2 coaching sessions are scheduled between 6 and 9; workshops are 7:15-8.


Award Sponsors

$1,500 First Place Sponsor

Charles Whittaker

Charles graduated from IMSA in 2007 and is Head of Product at Avant, a Chicago-based online lending platform.

deliciousness-logo-highres_200x.png$1,000 Second Place Sponsor

Consider this your one-stop shop for the newest and most innovative snacks that you’ve never heard of. You haven’t heard of them...yet!...because they’re totally new products made by a small family-owned company in Chicago (with an IMSA alum as CEO) that specializes in finding holes in the market and filling them. That’s how we bring you the latest and greatest trends in snack time — time and time again. Visit the Website

thumb-m_after_the_peanut_logo.png$500 Third Place Sponsor

After the Peanut

STEM for the Next Generation 
Inspired by George Washington Carver, After the Peanut focuses on the power of knowledge and education in the face of adversity and challenges. We promote STEM and leadership to both the student and educational professional. Our goal is to transform the world by solving problems through innovation, creativity, design thinking and collaboration.  Visit the Website