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.

Timeline & Important Dates

MWest JumpStart:  Feb 2-3, 2018

Registration DEADLINE & Executive Summary Due: Feb 26, 2018

Judges Feedback Due:  March 13, 2018

MWest Finalists Announced:   March 15, 2018

Innovation Showcase Finalists Announced:  March 15, 2018

Finalists’ PowerPoint Pitch Deck (Final):  April 16, 2018

Final Competition:  April 17, 2018 (GVSU) – 5:00-10:00 pm

MWest event at GVSU – April 17

·        5:00-600:  Networking and posters up

·        6:00-7:00:  Top 27 Poster teams do 90 sec pitches (No Q+A)

·        7:00-7:30:  Break

·        7:30-8:50:  Top 8 Finalists present, 7 min pitch with 3 mins Q+A

·        9:15:  Awards