Alana Platt waits in a line at the back of an auditorium at the Monona Terrace convention center in Madison.

When it’s her turn, Platt takes her place in the spotlight, in front of a red curtain, and presents the Whitefish Bay-based company she’s been working on for the past year-and-a-half—a fundraising management tool for school districts called Classmunity.

There are 50.4 million students in the U.S. and it takes about $11,600 per year to educate each one. Many schools have to fundraise to meet these costs, but fundraising is disjointed and prone to fraud, she says.

“If you can think of a fundraiser, Classmunity can help the school manage it,” Platt says. “We bring modern financial technology to a sector that has been doing things pretty much the same way for decades.” Read the full story here.