Two Spring Arbor University (SAU) graduates are making some big waves in business, technology and philanthropy. Only a few years out of college, co-founders Brandon Marken and Brandon Ansel have launched pitch.Me, the first professional social network where making an introduction benefits the causes people care about most.
Through the power of human attention, the app streamlines the sales networking process while helping causes around the world. Considered a compliment to LinkedIn, pitch.Me allows users with aligned interests to connect with one another — the key difference is that when users connect, individuals make a donation to a charity in exchange for users’ time.
Pitch.Me connects two professionals for a 15-minute conversation in an efficient, generous and respectful way, facilitating a discussion without wasteful emails, postcards or cold calls. The charitable aspect provides a mutual exchange of value where everyone benefits.
Marken and Ansel met while attending SAU after Ansel, a recent graduate and successful entrepreneur, spoke in one of Marken’s classes. Post-graduation, their paths crossed several times within the Jackson business community, and they eventually started working on projects together. After partnering on several other businesses, the pair launched pitch.Me in 2017.
Almost immediately, Ansel and Marken brought the concept to SAU’s leadership team, who offered invaluable input on strategy and provided access to a substantial network of professionals as mentors, investors and future users.
“We are proud of all of our SAU alumni and are always thrilled to see all of the great things they continue to do both regionally and nationally,” said SAU President, Dr. Brent Ellis. “It has been exciting to watch these two bright entrepreneurs develop such an impactful tool for business professionals, and we are blessed to watch pitch.Me’s success unfold.”
Marken and Ansel continue to show their alma mater pride and have hired several graduates from SAU, with plans to add many more. Additionally, the duo has participated in various events on campus, and Ansel was instrumental in the development of the entrepreneurship center at SAU’s Gainey School of Business.
The co-founders continue to express their gratitude for the assistance from SAU.
“The leadership of SAU has been instrumental throughout the development and launch of pitch.Me,” said Marken. “During the entire process, we worked closely with President Ellis, and many of the business professors, for guidance. They’ve provided tremendous support through valuable connections and have continued to spread the word through the SAU community.”
To learn more about this introduction engine app, visit pitch.Me.
Read what MLive is saying about pitch.Me.
Pitch.Me is the respectful commerce social network that provides access to professionals in a meaningful way. The app removes sales clutter by offering individuals the opportunity to connect with key decision makers and businesses across the country for a 15-minute conversation in exchange for a charitable donation, which serves as an efficient and respectful way to facilitate a potential partnership. Pitch.Me’s charitable aspect provides for a mutual exchange of value where everyone is winning.
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