2015 BUSINESS PLAN AND PITCH COMPETITION
Twenty finalists have been selected to participate in an intensive coaching process to hone both their business plan and their pitch skills in anticipation of Dolphin Tank September 24 in Southeast Michigan and September 25 in West Michigan. Dolphin Tank is a kinder, more gentle version of the hit television show Shark Tank and will allow the entrepreneurs to receive positive feedback from a panel of judges.
The same finalists will then present at the Entrepreneur YOU Pitch Competition in either Southeast Michigan on October 9 or in West Michigan on October 16. Cash prizes, support services and technical assistance will be awarded to 3 winners at each competition.
• July 13, 2015 - Deadline for application and concept paper submissions
• August 10, 2015 – 20 finalists announced
• August 15, 2015 – Finalists matched with coaches
• September 24, 2015 – Dolphin Tank practice pitch session, SE Michigan
• September 25, 2015 – Dolphin Tank practice pitch session, West Michigan
• September 30, 2015 – Business plans due for review by judges
• October 9, 2015 – Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition, from 8 a.m. to noon. Register to attend. Walsh College, Troy
• October 16, 2015 – Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids
Over the past three years, more than $163,000 in cash and in-kind services have been awarded to 19 women entrepreneurs.
2014 Business Plan and Pitch Competition
Nine Michigan female entrepreneurs presented their business plans and pitches to a panel of judges recently, vying for a portion of more than $50,000 in cash and services to winners of the third much-anticipated Entrepreneur-YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition. The competition was held at Walsh College, which is one of the collaborators behind Entrepreneur-YOU, along with the Michigan Women’s Foundation and Inforum Michigan, with support from Fifth Third Bank. Competitors were grouped in two categories – Lifestyle and Growth and evaluated on 15 criteria. Following are the winners and the value of their awards: (Pictured above)
Standing: Mallory Sharpe, Ford Motor Company Fund; Carolyn Cassin, Michigan Women’s Foundation; Rachele Downs, Inforum Michigan; Adrienne Minnerick, Yvette Rock, Shannon Byrne, Julie Andreae, Denise Kulak, David Girodat, Fifth Third Bank; Julia Winter, Stephanie Bergeron, Walsh College. Seated: Julie Hyde-Edwards, Ericka Billingslea and Tatiana Grant.
1st prize, Tatiana Grant, Flash Delivery, $13,900
2nd prize, Shannon Byrne, Slow Jams, $9,400
3rd prize, Yvette Rock, Live Coal Gallery LLC, $5,900
1st prize, Julie Hyde-Edwards, re-Contour Nipple Guard and Mastectomy Dressing, $13,900
2nd prize, Julie Andreae, Secure Beginnings’ Breathable Crib Mattresses, $9,400
3rd prize, Adrienne Minerick, Blood Typing Microdevice, $5,900
A crowd of about 75 people witnessed the business pitches of 15 women at Walsh College 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.
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
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
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
2012 Competition Winners
Capturing first place and winning $15,000 plus in-kind support was Ann Arbor resident Angelique Johnson, interim CEO and CTO of MEMStim LLC. Her company developed a fully automated manufacturing process for electrode lead production employing nanofabrication of thin films. MEMStim LLC intends to disrupt the neurostimulator market with a new automated nanofabrication manufacturing method to replace hand-assembly.
Second place went to Susan Land Sprentall of Wixom, who received $10,000 and in-kind support. Her company, SurClean, Inc. has developed disruptive technology to selectively remove paint and other surface coatings from multiple types of surfaces. SurClean's proprietary system represents the next generation of surface coating removal.
Winning third place in the Entrepreneur-YOU competition and receiving $5,000 plus in-kind support was Angela McCommons. Her company, Kids Kruiser LLC is a premium transportation service; serving youth ages 3 - 18 in the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas of Southeastern Michigan.