The Big Pitch and Business After Hours at Northern Michigan University
The Big Pitch is the culminating event of the annual New Business Venture Competition at NMU. The campus and Marquette communities are welcome to attend this "Shark Tank" style competition where students pitch their ideas to a panel of judges as they try to win thousands of dollars to get their business ideas off the ground.
Designed to encourage entrepreneurial activity among students by recognizing and rewarding those who present detailed plans on designing and creating new business enterprises, drawing on their own ideas and inventions or those of others, the competition provides a forum for these students to:
Present their new venture plans to investors
Receive meaningful feedback
Have the opportunity to start a new business
Apply classroom learning to real-world projects
The business plans must propose ventures that will be financially profitable, create new jobs, and be lawful.
Northern Michigan University students, irrespective of their major, are invited to participate. NMU students must be enrolled at the University during the 2022 Fall and 2023 Winter semesters. Students working individually, or in teams of up to five, can submit a plan to start a new business and compete for prizes.