Pitch@WCC is The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College’s premier event of the year, where entrepreneurs in three categories pitch their business ideas for cash prizes: Start, Build and Grow.
Pitch@WCC includes three months of required workshops on pitch training and storytelling. Entrepreneurs then prepare their pitches to present at the evening event, which includes food, a DJ and a panel of five judges from our on-campus and off-campus business community. A favorite is our audience choice award!
Pitch@WCC Press Coverage
“‘Catastrophe room’ business idea wins $1,500 at Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018, http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/catasrelief0458.aspx
“Pitch@WCC competition returns, offering opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 17, 2018: http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/pitchatwcc0440.aspx
For an update on our Pitch@WCC Grow Category winners from 2016 and 2017, check out the following videos:
Pitch@WCC, May 2018
Frequently Asked Questions
Businesses will be divided into three categories of business development by WCC staff. This ensures that Pitch participants will only be judged against companies in a similar stage of development.
The event was held in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 beginning at 6:00 pm. Pitch@WCC 2019 date TBA!
Prize amounts range from $500 – $1500 given in three categories, plus a special audience award. The award categories & prize amounts are:
Start: 1st Place: $1,000
Build: 1st Place: $1,250
Grow: 1st Place: $1,500
Audience Choice Award: $500
The audience will vote on their favorite pitch. There is a cash award presented to the participant with the most votes from the audience.
Anyone with a business idea or operating business who is willing to do the work to take the business to the next level. Individuals and teams can present.
Pitch@WCC requirements will take approximately 12 hours over 3 months. However, the amount of work done to move your business forward and to be competitive at Pitch@WCC is up to you. The following are required to pitch on May 15:
- One “Plan Your Path to Pitch Success” session
- Two Pitch training sessions
- One Entrepreneurship Center workshop
- One Pitch Practice
Each requirement will have daytime and evening options. While every effort will be made to accommodate those with conflicts, please note that Pitch@WCC is a commitment to yourself and your business. We’ve kept requirements to a minimum while ensuring you have resources to move your business forward. Individuals not meeting all requirements will not be eligible to participate in Pitch@WCC for 2018. It is the participant’s responsibility to notify the Entrepreneurship Center when requirements have been met.
You may still use all the resources of the Entrepreneurship Center, but you will no longer be eligible to participate in Pitch@WCC for this round. We encourage you to continue to work on your business, use the resources available, and consider trying again next year.
Absolutely! All participants are encouraged to use all resources available to them to move their business forward.
You must meet all requirements to pitch on May 15. In the event that you miss a requirement, you will become ineligible at that time. We understand that life happens and priorities change. We encourage all participants to attend on May 15 even if they become ineligible to pitch.
Pitch practice will serve as the pre-qualifying round. Individuals with the best pitches geared toward judging requirements will move on the final round. Final pitch participants will be announced no later than Tuesday, May 1.
A verbal presentation without PowerPoint. The official timer will stop presenters when they hit the time limit. Each presenter will have a Q & A session after their pitch.
Props, such as product samples, are allowed at pitch, but must be used during the pitch practice session.
Judges will be awarding points on the following criteria: Company Description, Value Proposition, Customers, Presence, Convincing Delivery, and Q & A.
The panel of judges will consist of Washtenaw Community College Faculty members and entrepreneurs from the local community.
Yes, but you will need to compete in the next category up.
The Entrepreneurship Center at Washtenaw Community College is open to the entire community. Workshops, the co-working space, and introductions to resources are available to our entire community every day.
Pitch Ypsi is a pitch competition hosted by regional business leaders throughout eastern Washtenaw County and the best idea wins $5,000! More details are available on the Pitch Ypsi Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pitchypsi
Dolphin Tank Detroit through the Michigan Women’s Foundation accepts applications in May for a November competition. Learn more: www.miwf.org/events1/dolphin-tank/
EntreSlam holds storytelling events. More details are available on the Entre-SLAM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/entreslam/
Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum (NEF) holds their Pitch Pit bi-monthly. Learn more: http://www.newenterpriseforum.org
Eastern Michigan University hosts an annual elevator pitch competition, usually in April. Learn more: https://www.emich.edu/cob/centers-institutes/center-for-entrepreneurship.php
Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors: http://kyybaxcelerator.com/calendar-registration.php
2018 winners are….
1st Place – $1,000:
Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery
Runner-up – $500:
Michigan Youth Yugioh Academy
1st Place – $1,250:
Runner-up – $625:
1st Place – $1,500:
Love at First Try
Runner-up – $750:
EVOLVEcreative presents: No More Parties Fest
Tateanna Hinds & Lamar Turner
$500 Audience Choice Award
Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery
Pitch@WCC 2017 Winners & Photos
View the Facebook photo album
Credit Card Shavers
Fresh To The Roots
Eduardo Calvachi and Fernando Calvachi
AXC Apparel (American X Change)
Khalid McDowell and Lamar Turner
Cake It Up
A’s Custom ESL Tutoring L.L.C.
Audience Choice Award
Brad Vredeveld and Haiying Gan
Pitch@WCC 2016 Winners & Photos
View the Facebook photo album
Washtenaw Wool Company
Sleepy Cricket Healthy Vending
Nirmal for Disruptive Eating
Audience Choice Award Washtenaw Wool Company