Congratulations to all of our Pitch@WCC 2019 participants! See details below on our winners, event photos, and a video update on the 2018 “Grow” category winner.

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.

Next year’s Pitch@WCC event will be held on May 12, 2020 – watch this space for more information on the application process in early 2020!

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

Pitch@WCC 2019 participants, photo courtesy of Layton Howe

Pitch@WCC 2019 participants, photo courtesy of Layton Howe

“Aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs win cash prizes at Pitch@WCC,” WCC News & Events, May 14, 2019,

“Washtenaw Community College holds ‘pitch-off’ for local entrepreneurs May 9 in Ann Arbor,” Click on Detroit, March 22, 2019,

“‘Catastrophe room’ business idea wins $1,500 at Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018,


“Pitch@WCC competition returns, offering opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 17, 2018:


For an update on our Pitch@WCC Grow Category winners from 2018-2016, check out the following videos:

Pitch@WCC, May 2019

2019 winners are…

Start Category

1st Place – $1,000:
LikeMe? App
Steven Chettleburgh

Runner-up – $500:
Urban Healthcare Solutions
JoAhne Penney

Build Category

1st Place – $1,250:
Champ Life Pros
Red Jennings

Runner-up – $625:
Bee Present Honey
Rebecca Wittekindt

Grow Category

1st Place – $1,500:
The Cookie and Crumb
Shanell Smith
Facebook: The Cookie and Crumb

Runner-up – $750:
Beyond Primary Care
Jeff O’Boyle

$500 Audience Choice Award

Jane Coaxum’s Golden Care
Charles Cameron

Pitch@WCC 2018 winners & Photos

View the Facebook photo album

Start Category
1st Place – $1,000:
Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery
Instagram: CatasReliefLLC

Runner-up – $500:
Michigan Youth Yugioh Academy
Trenton Aeschliman
Build Category
1st Place – $1,250:
Sean Carroll

Runner-up – $625:
Danielle Statom
Grow Category
1st Place – $1,500:
Love at First Try
Kerrie Love

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

Start Category 

Credit Card Shavers
Xavier Clemons

Indiegogo: Credit Card Shavers 

Fresh To The Roots
Eduardo Calvachi and Fernando Calvachi

Build Category 

AXC Apparel (American X Change)
Khalid McDowell and Lamar Turner

Cake It Up
Paige Jones

Grow Category 

A’s Custom ESL Tutoring L.L.C.
Alicia Myers

Pamela Pettway

Audience Choice Award

Sunshine Recumbent
Brad Vredeveld and Haiying Gan

Pitch@WCC 2016 Winners & Photos

View the Facebook photo album

Start/Build Category

Moonlight Games
Matt Beadle

Washtenaw Wool Company
Carol Ullmann

Grow Category 

Sleepy Cricket Healthy Vending
Karen Driggs

Nirmal for Disruptive Eating

Priya Dass

Audience Choice Award Washtenaw Wool Company
Carol Ullmann

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 will be held in the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday, May 9, 2019 beginning at 6:00 pm. 

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

Runner-Up: $500

Build: 1st Place: $1,250

Runner-Up: $625

Grow: 1st Place: $1,500

Runner-Up: $750

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 9:

  • 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 2019. 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 9. 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 9 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 Monday, April 29.

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:

Dolphin Tank/WomanUp & Pitch through the Michigan Women’s Foundation accepts applications in May for a November competition. Learn more:

Ann Arbor’s New Enterprise Forum (NEF) holds their Pitch Pit bi-monthly. Learn more:

Eastern Michigan University hosts an annual elevator pitch competition, usually in April. Learn more:

DTX Launch Detroit is an intensive 10-week summer accelerator for college students and recent graduates aspiring to launch a technology startup. All participants will receive a stipend and one team will win a grand prize. Learn more:

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition supports entrepreneurs who are taking risks and driving innovation in high-tech industries:

Pitch Club has ongoing monthly events in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Grand Rapids that provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors:

Detroit Demo Day, sponsored by Quicken Loans, is a pitch competition for entrepreneurs with for-profit businesses physically located in, or committed to relocate to, the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park: