Since its inception in 2011, CMU's New Venture Competition has provided education and opportunity for hundreds of aspiring entrepreneurs, many of whom have gone on to run successful businesses in Michigan.
As the competition enters its fifth year, nearly 70 more will present their business ideas for a shot at more than $75,000 in seed money.
The New Venture Competition, led by the College of Business Administration's Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, is a forum for learning, identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs and their businesses. This is done while supporting students in the process of creating and evaluating new business and social impact ventures.
The 2015 competition will take place Friday, March 27, in CMU's Education and Human Services Building. An awards event will follow in McGuirk Arena within the CMU Events Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Below are stories about current and past competitors, showcasing the impact and opportunity of the New Venture Competition.