M West Challenge

West Michigan's regional business plan competition.

Thank you for supporting the MWest Challenge 2013 on Friday. It was a wonderful event. The participants did a great job representing their dreams.  We want to send another huge thank you to all of our sponsors and keynote speaker.  

 

We'd like to invite you to take our survey and give us some feedback on how the event was for you and how we can improve for next year. Please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/58G68VL

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You can also stay connected through our website: http://www.gvsu.edu/cei 

MWest Challenge 2014 Award Winning Teams.

The West Michigan Business Plan Competition brings entrepreneurial students from participating schools from West Michigan to compete for start up capital funding, and start a new venture. In addition to the $45,000 in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors.

 

MWest Prize Money

First Place:  $ 15,000
Second Place:  $ 10,000
Third Place:  $ 4,000
Social Venture Award:  $ 3,000
Technology Award:  $ 3,000
Sustainability Award:  $ 3,000
Life Style Award:  $ 2,000
1st Place Pitch:  $ 2,000
2nd Place Pitch:  $ 1,500
3rd Place Pitch:  $ 1,000
People's Choice Award:  $ 500

Total:  $ 45,00

Welcome to the 2015 MWest Challenge, a student business plan competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas. MWest involves eight West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Hope College.

In addition to the $20,000 + in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors.

Do you have an idea?  You want to join a startup team?
Please join us for the kickoff event on November 13 from 6-9 pm to learn about the competition, share your idea, and network with like-minded people.  

Sign up for the Kickoff event here:  http://mwest2015.istart.org/

Important Deadlines:

·         Kickoff Event:  November 13, 2014:  Kendall College of Art and Design

·         Executive Summary and Intent to participate forms are due:  Feb 2, 15

·         Business Plans are due:  March 16, 15

·         Final Competition: April 3, 15:  L. William Seidman Center at GVSU

Check out 2014 winners here

Thank You Sponsors