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Northern Michigan Pitch Night Competitions

Coming this October and November, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) in partnership with GreenLight East Jordan will be hosting a Pitch Night Event in Antrim, Cheboygan, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.  GreenLight East Jordan has been a very successful program going on three years now and NLEA saw the opportunity to host a similar event in the other three counties of their four-county service region. 

Applicants are required to submit a two-page business plan and if chosen for the top ten “pitchers” in each of the counties, they will have the opportunity to give a four-minute pitch to a qualified panel of judges about their business with a chance to walk away with $10,500 cash. 

Thanks to the generous donations from DTE Foundation & Consumers Energy Foundation a total of $30,000, each pitch night will be giving away large cash awards.  First place will receive $10,000, second place will receive $3,000, third place will receive $1,500 and a People’s Choice of $500 will also be awarded on these nights.  Each county competition will also be placing their own additional prizes such as chamber memberships. 

To apply fill out the application below and send it to

For more information regarding the events, please contact Hannah Sanderson with the Northern Lakes Economic Alliance at (231) 582-6482.


Who Qualifies:

  • Someone with a well thought out business plan for their business or idea- don’t have one? We can assist you!
  • Anyone with a Michigan registered/based business that is less than two years old (earliest incorporation date- November/2015).
  • Winning Funds MUST be used to start or propel ventures within the county where the primary Pitch Night took place.


Charlevoix County’s ‘GreenLight East Jordan’ on October 11th at Castle Farms

Antrim County’s ‘Open the Kimono’ on October 23rd at Shanty Creek

Cheboygan County’s ‘Invest Cheboygan” on November 1st at the Cheboygan Opera House

Emmet County’s ‘Emmet Entrepreneur Challenge’ on November 6th at North Central Michigan College

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