Walsh College


Monday, September 30, 2013 - Entrepreneur-YOU Venture Funding Awarded to Nine Women-Owned Businesses

A crowd of about 75 people witnessed the business pitches of 15 women at Walsh College today in the second annual Entrepreneur-YOU competition for $75,000 in venture funding donated by Huntington Bank, The Ford Motor Company Fund and The Kellogg Foundation.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges including Nancy Phillippart, general partner of Belle Michigan; Maria Thompson, founder of T/J Technologies and executive-in-residence of Arsenal Venture Partners;  Sonali Vijayavargia, founder and managing director Augment Ventures; Beverly Wall, CEO, Languages International; and Mallory Sharpe of The Ford Motor Company Fund.

The competitors were grouped in three categories – Lifestyle companies; social mission companies and high growth companies. More than 150 ventures were submitted to the competition, reviewed by business professionals, who selected the 15 finalists. The finalists prepared written business plans and presented a four-minute pitch before the judges in the final competition.

Following are the winners and their prizes:


  • 1st place Garden Hoard, Katie Flickinger, Livonia $10,000
  • 2nd place Ribbon Farms Hops, Susan McCabe, Detroit $7,500
  • 3rd place Teatroiter, Kristen Pfeifer, Dearborn $5,000

Social Mission

  • 1st place CentriCycle, Jenna Boeing, Ann Arbor $10,000
  • 2nd place Play Place for Autistic Children, Shell Jones, Sterling Heights $7,500
  • 3rd place SEVA Corp. Shwetha Maddur, Novi $5,000

High Growth

  • 1st ENT BioTech Solutions, Andrea Roumell Dickson, Detroit $15,000
  • 2nd place Opti 02, Ruby Ghosh, Okemos $10,000
  • 3rd place AdAdapted, Molly McFarland, Ann Arbor $5,000

The third annual Entrepreneur-YOU education conference is scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Walsh College Troy Campus. Visit www.thewalshinstitute.com/eyou for more information.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a program of women helping women launch and grow businesses through the collaborative efforts of four organizations – Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan, Huntington Bank and Walsh College.