M West Challenge

West Michigan's regional business plan competition.

Welcome to the 2016 MWest Challenge, a student venture 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, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

Welcome to the 2017 MWest Challenge, a student venture 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 nine 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, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

In addition to the $30,000+ in cash prizes, students will have access to resources, mentors, educational workshops, and opportunities to network with angel and venture capital investors.  

 

Important 2017 deadlines:

  • Registration Opens:  Jan 1, 2017
  • Registration DEADLINE & Executive Summary DUE: Feb 24, 2017
  • Feedback Due: March 13, 2017
  • Final Participation Confirmation via email: March 17, 2017
  • PowerPoint Pitch Deck (Final): April 19, 2017
  • Networking/Poster Session: April 20, 2017 - RSVP
    • Keynote: Craig Dubitsky
      • Friendly Founder, Hello products
    • Location: Eberhard Center GVSU
    • Time: 5-7pm
  • Final Competition: April 21, 2017 (GVSU) - RSVP

Workshop Dates:

  • Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery: Tuesday Jan 31, 2017 - RSVP
    • Time: 5-7 pm
    • Location: Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids MI
  • Finance for Startups: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - RSVP
    • Time: 5-7 pm
    • Location: Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids MI
  • How to Present like a Pro: Friday, March 24, 2017 - RSVP
    • Time: 3-5 pm
    • Location: Start Garden, 40 Pearl St NW, Suite 200, Grand Rapids MI