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Women entrepreneurs you’re being called to the Dolphin Tank to pitch your ideas

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Women entrepreneurs, do you have a great idea for a business and a great elevator speech to pitch it? Here’s your chance.

The Entrepreneur You Business Plan and Pitch Competition, an annual contest for Michigan-based, female entrepreneurs, presented by Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), is currently accepting applications. You can choose to apply for either the SE Michigan or the Grand Rapids competition.

EYOU-Business-Plan-Competition%20LogoIf you’re interested you need to send in a two-page concept paper by 5:00 pm on July 13 at https://miwf.fluidreview.com. A $10 processing fee is due when you apply.

Your concept paper will be reviewed by professionals in business, industry and successful entrepreneurs. Twenty finalists will be selected to participate in an intensive coaching process to hone their business plan and their pitch skills to compete in the Dolphin Tank, which will be held September 24 in Southeast Michigan and September 25 in West Michigan. Dolphin Tank is a kinder, more gentle version of the hit television show Shark Tank and will allow the entrepreneurs to receive positive feedback from a panel of judges.

Nine Michigan female entrepreneurs presented their business plans and pitches to a panel of judges in 2014, vying for a portion of more than $50,000 in cash and services.

Nine Michigan female entrepreneurs presented their business plans and pitches to a panel of judges in 2014, vying for a portion of more than $50,000 in cash and services.

The same finalists will then present at the Entrepreneur YOU Pitch Competition in either Southeast Michigan on October 9 or in West Michigan on October 16. Cash prizes, support services and technical assistance will be awarded to three winners at each competition.

Here are some important dates:

  • July 13, 2015 – Deadline for application and concept paper submissions
  • August 10, 2015 – 20 finalists announced
  • August 15, 2015 – Finalists matched with coaches
  • September 24, 2015 – Dolphin Tank practice pitch session, SE Michigan
  • September 25, 2015 – Dolphin Tank practice pitch session, West Michigan
  • September 30, 2015 – Business plans due for review by judges
  • October 9, 2015 – Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition  Walsh College, Troy
  • October 16, 2015 – Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan and Pitch Competition  Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids

Over the past three years, more than $163,000 in cash and in-kind services have been awarded to 19 women entrepreneurs.

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