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 Experience

JumpStart Workshop to Kick Off Ideas

Work with Students from MWest Schools

Support from Faculty/Community Mentors

Guidelines for Executive Summary

Expert Feedback on Executive Summary

8 Finalists in 10 Min Pitch Competition

Pitch Feedback from Judges

27 Finalists in Innovation Showcase/Pitch

Seed Funding and Awards 


Important Dates

Feb 1-2, 2019

March 4, 2019

March 13, 2019

March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

April 16, 2019

April 17, 2019 

JumpStart Workshop @ KCAD

Registration Deadline AND Executive Summary Due

Executive Summary Judges Feedback to Students

MWest Challenge Pitch Finalists Announced

Innovation Showcase Finalists Announced

Pitch Deck Due for Finalists

Final Competition @ KCAD 5:00pm - 9:00pm