Regional Idea Pitch Competition
Providing Opportunities for Innovative Student Ideas

2011 WMCUG regional idea pitch competition logo

West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group
and Ernst & Young, LLP

The 4th Annual Regional Idea Pitch Competition is a showcase of entrepreneurial student talent in West Michigan. The winners of local idea pitch competitions represent colleges and universities including Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, Hope, GRCC and Grand Valley.

In the Regional Idea Pitch Competition, contestants have 90 seconds to pitch their innovative idea for a new product, service or business to a panel of veteran judges. $1,500 for 1st Place; $1,000 for 2nd Place; 2, $500 Awards for 3rd and 4th Place.


Ernst & Young, LLP

6pm, November 7, 2012

Wege Ballroom, 3rd floor

Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Video from the 2012 Regional Idea Pitch Event by GRCCtv

2011 Regional Idea Pitch Competition Recap

The 3rd Annual RIPC at Davenport University was a great Success! 14 students representing 7 area schools pitched their ideas to the judges, business professionals, and students in attendance. Local startup experts Amanada Chocko with Momentum, Fred Keller with Cascade Engineering, and Joe Ponstein with Ernst & Young LLP provided empirical advice to all of the participants. The event was a tremendous networking opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs and seasoned professionals alike.

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View the 2010 photo blog here.

2012 RIPC Winners

  1. Jason Sissing, Grand Valley
  2. Jacob Hall, Grand Valley

2011 RIPC Winners

  1. Kim VandenAkker, Calvin College
  2. Miles Smith, Grand Valley
  3. Chad Oullette, Davenport University
  4. Sam Rasmussen, Grand Valley

2010 RIPC Winners

  1. Jeramiah Cornell, Grand Valley
  2. Frank Leonard, Grand Valley
  3. Melanie Creager, Cornerstone University
  4. Nicolas Rocha, Aquinas College

2009 RIPC Winners

  1. Ashley Litke, Grand Valley
  2. Helena Stieg, Davenport University
  3. Raul Velasco & Peter Reno, Aquinas College


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