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Venture Connectors to host panel of Venture Sharks, Vogt award winners at monthly luncheon April 4

On Wednesday, April 4, Venture Connectors will host a panel of entrepreneurs who will share their successes and challenges in the years since they won local business pitch competitions. The panel will feature 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.

Alli Truttmann, Nicholas Mattingly and Dustin McGehee

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.

Switcher is a mobile live video creation platform that enables content creators to easily create Facebook Live and YouTube videos. Switcher is an official Facebook Live Partner of major national brands, including Microsoft, Golf Channel, NASCAR and WWE. Its product is used by businesses in more than 115 countries around the world.

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 assembles all its motorized wheelbarrows, aerators and power seeders in Kentuckiana. As a result of exponential growth, the company has received and declined, two buy-out offers since its founding.

Venture Connectors’ monthly luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting runs from noon-1:15 p.m. Registration is required at www.ventureconnectors.org. Members attend free; associate members pay $30. Guests who register online by noon the day before the lunch pay only $40.

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