April 26th, 2022

Entrepreneurial pitch competition returns in person for 4th year, calling for submissions

Pitch North, Newaygo County’s first-ever entrepreneurial pitching competition, has extended the pitch submission deadline to May 8th at 11:59 pm.

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Newaygo County’s first-ever entrepreneurial pitching competition, Pitch North, will be coming back to an in-person event in 2022. Entrepreneurs living in Newaygo, Oceana or Lake Counties will once again have the opportunity to compete for cash prizes on June 14th, 2022.

“Entrepreneurship continues to be critical to the success of rural communities, especially as the pandemic recovery continues,” said Julie Burrell, Economic Development Director for Newaygo County. “When people start and grow businesses, they contribute to the economic diversity of their area and these unique local businesses become differentiators for their communities. Unfortunately, individuals living in rural areas often have less access to funding and other resources to pursue these endeavors, which is why we launched Pitch North in 2019.”

Pitch submissions for Pitch North 2022 are being accepted at https://rightplace.org/pitchnorth now through May 8, 2022 at 11:59 pm. A hand-picked committee will review and score all submissions and select five finalists to present their pitches live at the June 14th event, where cash prizes will be awarded to all five finalists.

The 2022 event will be held at the Henry and Isabella Becker Event Barn at 1858 S Maple Island Road, Fremont. The public is welcome to attend this free event, but registration is required at https://rightplace.org/pitchnorth.

Pitch North is hosted by The Right Place, Inc., in conjunction with our partners: Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership, Oceana County Economic Alliance, Lake County Economic Development Alliance. Pitch North 2022 is made possible through support from Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial; City of Fremont DDA, City of Hart TIFA, City of Newaygo TIFA , Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, Fremont Area Community Foundation, Hart-Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area Chamber of Commerce, Horizon Bank, ITC, River Country Chamber of Commerce, SCORE of Muskegon, Shelby State Bank, West Shore Community College, Dave Byrne Law Office, Heritage Farms Market and Muskegon Community College.


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Julie Burrell

Senior Economic Development Director - Newaygo County

Julie serves as the Senior Economic Development Director for the Newaygo County Economic Development Partnership. In this role, she provides business support services to companies in Newaygo County.

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