At our April lunch, Venture Connectors hosted a panel of entrepreneurs who shares their successes and challenges in the years since they won local business pitch competitions. The panel featured: Alli Truttmann, founder and CEO of Wicked Sheets, the Venture Sharks 2012 winner; Nicholas Mattingly, co-founder of Switcher Inc., the Venture Sharks 2016 winner; and Dustin McGehee, vice president of sales and marketing for Stinger Equipment, a 2015 Vogt Award winner. Click here to register.

Alli Truttman

Wicked Sheets provides comfort sleep solutions for sleepers suffering from night sweats and hot flashes. Truttman used the company’s $5,000 Venture Sharks winnings to fund a trip to the annual North American Menopause Convention, where she gained the support of 60 medical professionals specializing in women’s health issues.

Truttman graduated from the Kauffman FastTrac Program for local entrepreneurs in 2012 and Greater Louisville Inc.’s LEAD GLI program in 2015, and was named one of Business First’s Forty Under 40 in 2014.

Nick Mattingly

Switcher is a mobile live video creation platform that enables content creators to easily create Facebook Live and YouTube videos without going broke or sacrificing quality. Switcher has generated a huge amount of interest, and Mattingly and his team have continued to use Switcher’s product to improve usability and reliability.

Switcher is now an official Facebook Live Partner trusted by companies including Microsoft, Golf Channel, NASCAR, WWE and more. Its product is used by businesses and brands in more than 115 countries around the world.

Dustin McGehee

Stinger Equipment was founded to address the inadequacy of lawn equipment. With anticipated sales of $3 million for 2018, the company offers five products in 48 states and Canada and has distributors in Europe and Australia.

Stinger designs, fabricates and assemblies all its motorized wheelbarrows, aerators and power seeders in Kentuckiana. McGehee says the company is growing exponentially and has received, and declined, two buy-out offers.