2017 competition information

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in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, presents:

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Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition

Opportunity for Prizes up to $10,000 in cash and in-kind professional support services … and it all starts with the

Concept Paper

Concept Paper Rules

May 1, 2017 – Call for Entries opens

May 31, 2017 – Concept papers and applications deadline

June 2017 – Announcement of finalists

November 2017 Dolphin Tank Competitions in Detroit, Jackson & Grand Rapids



2016 Dolphin Tank - Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition


2016 Winners

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

Stir It Up

Southeast Michigan

West Michigan

1st: iServe, Inc.

TheraB Medical 

2nd: Oxford Recovery Center

Kaleamazoo Chips 

3rd: Vizbe

Pieces of Me









1st Place: $10,000

2nd Place: $5,000

3rd Place: $2,500

Best in Tank: $1,000


2016 Judges

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

2016 Dolphins

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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