Center for Innovation Research

UM-Dearborn Business Idea Pitch


Idea submission is now closed.

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