Regional Entrepreneurs to Make Their Pitches at The PNW Big Sell

April 25, 2024
An illustrated lightbulb with text at the center: The PNW Big Sell.

The PNW Big Sell returns April 27, offering 10 entrepreneurs their chance to compete for seed funding to support their startup business ventures.

The PNW Big Sell is an annual spring pitch competition hosted by PNW’s Office of Commercialization and Research and sponsored by PNW’s College of Business, Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and Centier Bank. The competition, now in its 13th year, puts regional entrepreneurs center stage to present their innovative business ideas to a panel of judges. The judges ultimately award their choices for first, second and third place with different levels of seed funding to help winning entrepreneurs commercialize their concepts.

The ten competitors and their pitches for the 2024 PNW Big Sell include:

  • Adrian Alvarez — Chug
  • Ben Bombin — Eco Casting
  • Roman Carprue — ROMURI Co.
  • Danielle Cruz-Lopez — Sepsis Slayers
  • Emily Edwards — Paradise ™️
  • Aaron Farrer — The A.N.T./Practical Products
  • Joe Hunt — Tauro
  • Michael Kolavo — Vilite Company
  • Nabeel Rabie — Scent Seal
  • Jonathan Rose — Modmath for Students, Inc.

Four judges will assess the competitors’ pitches. The judges include Vincent Arcuri, professional casting director; John Fountain, professor of Journalism at Roosevelt University; Max Moses, former for-profit and non-profit director; and Alex Wisniewski, co-founder and CEO of Cultivation Connect.

Viewers can watch The PNW Big Sell for free live on For more information, visit