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.

Judging Guidelines

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


Screening and judging process:

  • There are no business plans to read
  • Be available to judge the final presentations in person on April 21, 2017
  • Plan on bringing your tablet or laptop with you.  We are going paperless, and will be using this platform to score and judge the final presentations: http://www.scoremypitch.com
  • On the morning of April 21, the teams assigned to your room will have 7 minutes to present, in addition to 3 minutes for Q&A at the end
  • You along with the other judges in your room will be tasked with selecting 2 teams to proceed to the final round of the competition

Final Presentation Date & Location:

  • April 21, 2017
  • 8 am – 3 pm

Richard M. DeVos Center

01 Fulton Street West

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

GVSU Pew Campus

Parking: Fulton Lot


How to participate:

If you have are interested in participating as a judge, please contact

Shorouq Almallah

Phone: (616) 331-7256

Email: almallas@gvsu.edu