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The multi-round Michigan Business Challenge takes participants through the entire cycle of new venture creation from creating a strong pitch to conducting a marketing and financial assessment and writing a comprehensive business plan. The competition kicks-off in December with more than 100 teams competing in Round 1 and concluding in February with four competing teams at the finals. The Zell Lurie Institute facilitates starup workshops to help prepare student teams for the deliverables due for each round of the competition. Workshop presentations and handouts are posted on Ctools in "Zell Lurie Institute" in the “Michigan Business Challenge” folder.
Social Impact Track: This $15,000 award recognizes the business plan that best pursues a mission driven goal through its product/service offerings and underlying operations. Eligible teams will be selected during the first round of MBC to compete in the Social Impact Track starting during the second round. This award is co-sponsored by the Zell Lurie Institute, the Center for Social Impact, and the Erb Institute.
Intent to Compete form Deadline
Monday, November 16 by 8 a.m.
Eligible teams who submit a complete Intent to
Compete form as a single.pdf to email@example.com will be invited to compete in Round 1.
MBC Information Session
Wednesday, November 4 at 5 p.m., R0240, Ross School of Business
Startup Workshop: How to Ideate
Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m., R0240, Ross School of Business
Startup Workshop: The Pitch
Monday, November 23 at 5 p.m., R0220, Ross School of Business
Round 1 Competition & Format
Friday, December 4 1-5 p.m., Ross School of Business
Teams will give a three-minute pitch to
a panel of judges followed by four minutes to answer questions. Sixteen to twenty teams will be chosen to advance to Round
2. Each team will receive $200.
Round 2 Teams & Social Impact Track Teams Announced
Monday, December 7 by 5 p.m. via email
Market and Financial Assessment Due
Monday, January 11 by 8 a.m.
Round 2 competing teams must submit a seven-page
market and financial assesment that describes the market
need or pain, market size, and preliminary financial assessment, to firstname.lastname@example.org
To compete for the Williamson
Award and/or the Undergraduate
Award, please submit an application with the market
and financial assessment.
Startup Workshop: Identifying & Sizing Your Market
Tuesday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m., R2230, Ross School of Business
Startup Workshop: Assessing Financial Feasibility
Wednesday, December 9 at 5:30 p.m., R0220, Ross School of Business
Startup Workshop: Social Impact Assessment
Thursday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m., R1220, Ross School of Business
Round 2 Competition & Format
Friday, January 22 1-5 p.m., Ross School of Business
Competing teams give a seven-minute presentation
that describes their company's solution to a pressing
market need or pain, an estimation of the market size,
and their financial assumptions. This is followed by ten minutes of questions from the judges. Eight-ten
teams will be chosen to advance to the semi-finals and will each receive
$300. Four teams will be chosen to compete in the Social Impact Finals.
Semi-finals and Finals
Monday, January 25 by 5 p.m.
Business Plans Due
Monday, February 8 by 8 a.m.
Semi-finalists and Social Impact Finalists submit their business plan as a single .pdf to email@example.com.
Start-up Workshop: Startup Financials
Tuesday, January 26 at 5 p.m. R1220 Ross School of Business
Start-up Workshop: Communicating with Investors
Monday, February 1 at 5 p.m. R1220 Ross School of Business
Start-up Workshop: Startup Funding for First Time Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, February 3 at 5 p.m. R2230 Ross School of Business
Semi-Finals & Finals
Friday, February 19 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Ross School of Business
Semi-finalists present their
business plans for 15 minutes and will have 15 minutes to respond to questions from the judges. Four teams will be chosen by the judges to advance to the afternoon Finals. Finalists will discuss their
businesses with the judges during a 25-minute interactive
Michigan Business Challenge & Dare to Dream Awards Reception
Friday, February 19 at 5 p.m., Colloquium, Ross School of Business
Open to the public!
Winning teams for all the competition award categories and the
Fall and Winter recipients of Dare to Dream grants will be
announced during an evening reception at the Ross School of Business. All teams, applicants, and guests
are welcome to attend.