Pitch North 2023
Pitch North is an idea pitching competition created to spark change and promote entrepreneurial progress in Lake, Newaygo & Oceana Counties.
Are you a current or aspiring entrepreneur with an idea you want to share with the world?
Celebrating its 5th year, Pitch North is an idea pitching competition created to spark change and promote entrepreneurial progress in some of West Michigan's more rural counties. A panel of judges will evaluate submissions from area residents seeking a chance to be finalists at the live pitching event in August.
When and where will the finale event be hosted?
The Pitch North 2023 event will be on August 16 at the Pavilion at Waters Edge.
Is the Pitch North event open to the public?
Yes! Anyone is welcome to attend the finale event, regardless of county residency status. Registration is still required. Contest rules only apply to applicants looking to submit their ideas to the Pitch North judges.
Is there a cost associated with Pitch North?
Nope! There is no cost to submit an idea to the Pitch North competition, and the finale event is free to attend.
Can I still submit an idea even if I don't live in Newaygo, Lake, or Oceana county?
Unfortunately, no. Only residents of the three aforementioned counties are eligible to participate in the competition.
When is the entry submission deadline?
Submission entries will be accepted up until July 14, 2023 11:59pm.
What are the rules of entry?
- Pitch North is only open to residents of Newaygo, Oceana, or Lake counties. Proof of residency will be required with your pitch submission.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of entry.
- Submissions are only accepted on an individual basis. Checks for winning entries will only be made out to an individual, not a group, business, or organization.
- Your idea must be your own.
- Only one entry per individual will be accepted.
- All entries must be submitted by July 14, 2023 11:59pm.
What are the cash prizes?
- To be determined
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Pitch North 2023 is made possible by these sponsors: Corewell Health Gerber Hospital; City of Fremont DDA, City of Newaygo TIFA, Consumers Energy, Hart-Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce, SCORE of Muskegon, Shelby State Bank, West Shore Community College, Dave Byrne Law Office, Great Lakes Energy / TrueStream, Gerber Federal Credit Union and Muskegon Community College.