With business names like Spore Technologies, Tessil Car Atelier and Earthworm Casting Unlimited, 23 student teams competed at Central Michigan University Friday pitching startup business proposals with $75,000 on the line.
Led by the CMU College of Business Administration’s Isabella Bank Institute for Entrepreneurship, the New Venture Competition is a forum for learning, identifying, nurturing, and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs and their businesses. More than 50 judges, including angel investors and venture capitalists, mentor the students along the way.
This year’s winners include:
- Best overall: Un-corked $30,000
Courtney Lorenz — Traverse City
Emily Miller — Highland
- Best social venture: Sinfonia Marching Exposition $10,000
Conner Heinle — Farmington
Troy Prill — Ada
- Best technology: Garden Mobile $10,000
Michael Drew — Midland
Zachary Konarska — Grand Haven
Joe Shaheen — Flushing
- Most impact on Michigan: Second Cut Arrow $10,000
John Tomasek — Grand Ledge
Cory Noeker — Westphalia
- Highest growth potential: Beergo $10,000
Anthony Lazzaro — Hope
Cheryl Hunter — Mount Pleasant
- Best lifestyle venture: Homecrest Coffee Roasters $5,000
Christopher Repyak — Portage
Dennis Nalor — Miami
The CMU New Venture Competition received recognition in 2013 as the “Best Educational Program of the Year” from Automation Alley. This recognition acknowledges the combination of CMU’s entrepreneurship curriculum with experiential opportunities maximizing students’ potential to launch a business.