Dolphin Tank and Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition


Over 150 aspiring entrepreneurs submitted great concept papers for review by a panel of experienced business and industry experts. The challenge was extraordinary …. Michigan has many talented and passionate women interested in launching or growing businesses.

When the reviews were complete, the top 10 finalists in Southeast Michigan and West Michigan were selected. They have been assigned coaches and mentors who will help them create viable business plans and prepare to them to pitch for cash prizes, professional services and expert advice.



Lifestyle Category                                                                              Growth Category

Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

4th Wall Theatre Company

Imprints Press

ADA Candy Florist LLC

Postbox Designs

Mutual Adoration

Rachel Harper Design

Sfumato Fragrances

Stingray Advisory Group

Traveling Pants Company

Stir It Up 

Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

Grace Production Services

Kaleamazoo Chips

iServe Inc


Nail Rite Construction

Pieces of Me

Oxford Recovery Center

Spera Foods


TheraB Medical









Lifestyle Category                                                                             Growth Category

Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

1st: Mutual Adoration

Stir it Up

2nd: 4th Wall Theatre Company

Postbox Designs     

3rd: Traveling Pants Company 

Imprint Press

Best in Tank: Oxford Recovery Center


Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

1st: iServe, Inc.

TheraB Medical 

2nd: Oxford Recovery Center

Kaleamazoo Chips 

3rd: Vizbe

Pieces of Me


Best in Tank: Stir it Up








1st Place: $10,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,500

Best in Tank: $1,000



Southeast Michigan
Patti Glaza, Invest Detroit Ventures
Mary Kramer, Crain's Detroit Business
Pam Lewis, New Economy Initiative
Lisa Payne, Soave Real Estate Group

West Michigan
Jereshia Hawk, Consumers Energy
Elissa Hillary, Local First
Brad Kessel, Independent Bank
Kim Pasquino, Start Garden


Southeast Michigan
Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises
Nancy Philippart, BELLE Michigan
Pramada Reddy, Consumers Energy
Kathy Zelenock, Dickinson Wright PLLC

West Michigan
Lauren Flanagan, BELLE Capital USA
Cynthia Kay, Cynthia Kay & Co.
Jennifer Maxson, Varnum Consulting
Amy Millman, Springboard Enterprises

 Entrepreneurship Initiative Sponsors

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Event Partner Sponsors

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