Center for Innovation Research

Business Idea Pitch Details

Healthy food access and mobility issues impact our lives daily – whether its finding healthy food at the gym or finding parking on campus. If these obstacles are affecting you, then they must be affecting others, right?

Students are encouraged to share their ideas related to these two issues for a chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes and explore the potential of their ideas.


Open to all current UM-Dearborn students of any major or background.


We want students to come up with great ideas! Students may enter their ideas for a chance to win up to $5,000 in cash scholarships. We encourage students to submit their ideas related to healthy food or mobility, however students can submit ideas that are not related to these two topics.


Idea submission for the 2020 competition is now open - click here to submit your idea! You can also visit the Archive page to see previous entries.


The pitch competition will take place in Quad E, located in Fairlane Center North.


Enter for the chance to win cash prizes, network with successful entrepreneurs from the metro-Detroit area, and gain real world experience in problem solving and pitching.


Teams must first submit their ideas online. Ideas with the most Facebook "likes" and those chosen by judges will move forward to presenting on Pitch Day.

Expectations (“the fine print”)

  • Must be a current student or team of current students at UM-Dearborn to participate.
  • To register and be eligible to participate, you must submit your pitch application by 11:59 pm on Sunday, March 15th.
  • Presentations on Pitch Day can be no longer than 5 minutes. You may use PowerPoint, but audio will not be permitted.
  • Participants (at least one team member from a team) must attend the pitch competition to collect any prizes.


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