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

Registration DEADLINE & Executive Summary DUE: Feb 24, 2017

Judges Feedback Due:  March 13, 2017

Final Participation Confirmation via Startup Compete: March 20, 2017

PowerPoint Pitch Deck (Final) via Startup Compete: April 19, 2017

Innovation Showcase: April 20, 2017 - RSVP

      Keynote:  Craig Dubitsky-Friendly Founder, Hello products

Final Competition:  April 21, 2017 (GVSU) - RSVP

Final Competition Process

April 20, 2017 (5 pm - 7.30 pm) - RSVP

Innovation Showcase & People's Choice Awards

April 21, 2017 (8 am - 3 pm) - RSVP

Round 2 Pitch Presentation (All teams)

  • 5-6 Teams Per Room (up to 7 rooms)
  • 7 Minute Presentation
  • 3 Minute Q/A
  • Judges Feedback to Teams
  • Seed Funding for Each Room
  • Top 2 teams Advance to Final Round

Final Round (Up to 14 teams)

Teams named to the final round will present to a different panel of judges using the same presentation format and rules.

All team members should be present for each presentation and for the awards ceremony.

The order of presentations will be random.

  • 7 Minute Presentation
  • 3 Minute Q/A
  • Judges Feedback to Teams
  • Grand Prize and Runner Up
  • Sponsor Prizes