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SLU Student Wins Audience Choice Award at Regional Pitch Competition

by Tyler Merkle

Saint Louis University students joined colleagues from five other area universities in the 2024 St. Louis Regional Entrepreneurship Educator (STLREE) Collegiate Pitch Competition, with SLU’s Nolan Meyer taking home the Audience Choice Award.

Nolan’s winning concept was NECK-IT, a game-changer in the world of ice-hockey neck protectors, creating a lightweight, sleek, and stylish alternative for the hockey community.

Participants in the 2024 St. Louis Regional Entrepreneur Educator (STLREE) Collegiate Pitch Competition

Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship Program Manager Hayley Johnston (far left) with participants in the 2024 St. Louis Regional Entrepreneur Educator (STLREE) Collegiate Pitch Competition, (left to right) Athena Valera-Barrios, John Carney and Nolan Meyer.

The St. Louis Regional Entrepreneurship Educators organization hosted the poster competition on Monday, April 8, at the COLLAB at Cortex. STLREE is a collaborative effort between several St. Louis area universities and colleges, including Saint Louis University’s Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship.

Athena Valera-Barrios and John Carney also represented SLU in the competition

SLU students joined participants from Harris-Stowe State University, Lindenwood University, Principia College, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis.

We congratulate Nolan and commend all participants for their exemplary contributions to entrepreneurship.

Learn More About the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship


Founded in 1987, the Chaifetz Center for Entrepreneurship is known for its innovative approach to entrepreneurship. We have been a national leader in developing and delivering innovative high school, college and community programs to promote entrepreneurship through education. Our nationally ranked programs promote economic growth by encompassing passion, compassion, planning and performance.


Founded in 1910, the Richard A. Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University has shaped the future of industry for more than a century. As one of the oldest business schools west of the Mississippi, the Chaifetz School has built a reputation as a leader in business education with eight undergraduate and graduate programs nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.