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Edible Insect Company Detroit Ento Wins Pitch Competition

March 1, 2016

For the first time in its history, the Conference welcomed four aspiring Detroit entrepreneurs to the Sound Board stage for a chance to pitch their business in front of a panel of judges and Conference attendees. Finalists included: Boots on the Ground, Detroit Ento, Flash Delivery, and Pro:Up.

When the dust settled, judges declared Anthony Hatinger and Theodore Kozerski of Detroit Ento winners of a prize package worth over $7,000. The duo, whose business focuses on turning locally sourced insects into food products, received $2,000 in cash, a Chamber membership, and professional consulting services donated by Comcast Business Solutions, Level One Bank, Tanner Friedman and Varnum LLP. Additionally, Hatinger and Kozerski received an all-expense paid trip to the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference, where they will compete against a West Michigan entrepreneur during a pitch competition on Michigan’s Center Stage featuring “Shark Tank” co-host Daymond John.

Sponsored by Comcast Business Solutions, the Detroit Pitch Competition’s judges were Dennis Archer Jr., president of Archer Corporate Services and chair of the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference; Craig D’Agostini, vice president of government and regulatory affairs at Comcast; Devita Davison, marketing and communications director at FoodLab Detroit; and Gabe Karp, partner at Detroit Venture Partners. The competition was emceed by Michigan Women’s Foundation President and CEO Carolyn Cassin, whose organization served as a partner in executing the competition.