Center for Innovation Research

Pitch Day

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The second annual  Betty F. Elliott Initiative Business Idea Pitch is designed to identify and promote promising new business ideas within the University of Michigan-Dearborn community. Individuals or teams of up to four members have five minutes to describe their business idea to a panel of judges. Early stage business ideas are encouraged. The total prize money available is $2,500, and may be given to a single pitch or split among several worthy projects according to the determination of the panel of judges.

Coaching sessions will be offered in March 2014 to provide developmental feedback on business ideas. Entrants are strongly encouraged to solicit feedback on their pitch ideas prior to presentation.

Winning pitches will: describe their product or service, the target customer, and market potential; identify their competitors and what makes their product or service unique; and a plan for implementing the business idea that includes an estimated start-up cost. Coaching sessions for pitch participants will be concluded by March 26, and at this point registrants can commit to participating in the pitch completion occurring on April 2.

For more information, please contact Professor Joy Beatty at, 313-583-6524.

Read more about last year's event in this article from the UM-Dearborn Reporter