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Are you an up-and-coming entrepreneur trying to grow your business or nonprofit? Pitch Ypsi is looking for you! For its second year in a row, Pitch Ypsi is looking for the next business to take Ypsilanti by storm. A winner will be selected to win cash and in-kind prizes to develop their entrepreneurial idea.

Pitch Ypsilanti is a community supported and business sponsored event, open to local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. For 2018, Pitch is teaming up with local leaders and organizations, including: A2y Chamber, BrandHrt, SPARK, and Washtenaw County.

Ypsi Pitch 2018

The competition will be broken up into three categories:

Idea: For entrepreneurs in the planning phase, who have not yet launched their business.

Launch: For entrepreneurs who are in the growing stages of their business, earning revenue.

Thrive: For entrepreneurs that are ready to expand their established business, with steady clientele and projection for the future.

Those interested in participating must choose their best-fit category and complete an application. Pitch Ypsi is open to all applicants that live in the 48197 or 48198 zip codes, or attend EMU or WCC, and are planning to operate their business within the 48197 or 48198 zip codes. The application deadline will be November 14, at the end of the day.

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A winner from each category will be rewarded $2500. Then, the three finalists will pitch their business plans in front of an audience and a panel of five judges at the event on December 5, 2018.

Of the three finalists, a Grand Prize winner will be rewarded an additional $2500 with in-kind legal and professional services.

To submit an application and find more information visit:


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About Pitch Ypsi:

Pitch Ypsi was established in 2016 by community, organization, and business leaders who sought to inspire, support and celebrate Ypsilanti-area entrepreneurs.  These leaders recognized the need for entrepreneurs, who live or go to school in the Ypsilanti area, to get plugged in with local partners for resources and support.  These partners include WCC Entrepreneurship Center, SBDC, SPARK, Growing Hope, and the City of Ypsilanti.  With the collective support of partners, Pitch Ypsi successfully launched two events in 2017.

Between the two competitions held in 2017, Pitch Ypsi received over 100 applications to pitch ideas for non-profit, for-profit, and social enterprise business sectors.  Collectively, winners of the 2017 Pitch Ypsi events were awarded $10K in grand prize money and over $10K in in-kind in legal and professional services.