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.

West Michigan Colleges & Universities Group (WMCUG)

Mission of the WMCUG
The West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group (WMCUG) is an informal consortium of West Michigan based colleges and universities representing Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Kuyper College. The Group’s purpose is to enhance the business and economic culture in West Michigan via educational, occupational, and entrepreneurial efforts in a collaborative, cohesive, community-oriented spirit - synergized by their individual institutional strengths. The primary focus of WMCUG is fostering and promoting entrepreneurship and venture creation on the collegiate level in the West Michigan area.


Guiding Principle
The overall intent of this arrangement is for the WMCUG to work collaboratively to promote networking and to facilitate an open exchange of ideas to enhance business and economic development in West Michigan through higher education.


Participation Guidelines
WMCUG is a regional and collaborative effort that is focused on offering programs and best practices to enhance the local communities in West Michigan. Participation in WMCUG programs, such as MWest, is open to higher education institutions that are based and headquartered in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Region 4 West Michigan that comprises the following counties: Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa. Business or entrepreneurial units of the following educational institutions constitute the members of the WMCUG: representing Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Hope College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Kuyper College. Bearing in mind the overall purpose of the organization and the communities it serves, the WMCUG Board shall determine whether, and to what extent, other educational institutions may become members of the WMCUG.