Center for Innovation Research
The third annual Betty F. Elliott Initiative Business Idea Pitch 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 four members started by submitting ideas online by answering four key questions.
Ideas were reviewed by experts and voted on by the public. The top ten ideas will present their ideas for additional cash prizes at Pitch Day on April 2, 2015, 5-9pm, FCN Quad E. Those selected ideas will have five minutes to describe their business idea more fully as they present to a panel of judges.
There is a total of $3000 in prizes for Pitch Day winners. Additionally, there is a special Design Change category for ideas that relate to healthy food or mobility with an additional $5000 in prizes. Prizes may be split among several worthy projects in each category according to the determination of the panel of judges. Final pitch presentations should describe your 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.
Students were encouraged to attend events to help refine their ideas and improve their presentations. To learn more about those events, visit the Design Change Program page.
Contact Timothy Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org, 313-593-4060, for more information.
Read about last year's event in this article from the UM-Dearborn Reporter.
Funding and other resource support provided by the Betty F. Elliott Initiative, the Office of the Provost, and the Michigan Initiative for Innovation and Entrepreneurship