Center for Innovation Research

UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch


The 2020 UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch Competition is set to take place on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020!

Idea submission is now open! Click here to submit your idea.

Ideas must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 15th.

This contest is designed to identify and promote promising new business ideas from students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

In a two-step process, individuals or teams of up to five members start by submitting ideas online. 

Ideas are reviewed by experts. Using social media, the general public also has the chance to vote for ideas. The top ten teams selected present their ideas for additional cash prizes at the pitch competition on Pitch Day.

At the pitch competition, teams have five minutes to describe their business idea more fully as they present to a panel of judges.

There is a total of $5,000 in prizes for Pitch Day winners. Prizes are split among several worthy projects in each category according to the panel of judges.

Final pitch presentations describe the product or service, the target customer or user, the market potential of the idea, identify competitors, and demonstrate how the idea is different from the competition.

For more information visit the Details page or contact Kari Kowalski at

Join us on Wednesday, February 19th at 4:30 pm to help develop your entrepreneurial mindset in preparation for the pitch competition! Students will engage in a fun activity to create a solution to a problem and pitch their idea for a chance to win prizes.