Jenny Kipp and Nicole Falatic, owners of the White Lotus Boutique in Greenville, won the $5,000 grand prize at Thursday’s MiPitch entrepreneurial competition at Candlestone Resort.
The five MiPitch finalists have been chosen, and now all that’s left is the “Shark Tank” style pitch competition to decide which was the best entrepreneurial idea that will receive the largest cash prize.
Submissions for MIPitch are being accepted at rightplace.org/mipitch now through Wednesday.
Business ideas can range from brand new business concepts to catalytic additions for existing businesses and can come from someone with a simple dream or an established business owner. No idea is too small or too big, but it does need to be new and exciting.
The second annual pitch competition, MIpitch, is returning to help spark change and entrepreneurial growth in Montcalm and Ionia counties.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, and dreamers living in Montcalm County or Ionia County will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at a Sept. 15 event at Candlestone Resort in Belding.
Jessica DeShane walked into Belding’s Candlestone Resort on Tuesday to present at the inaugural MIPitch event with a business idea, the ambition to become an entrepreneur and plenty of nerves.
A few hours later, DeShane walked away with a first-place award and $5,000 to help make her and her husband’s dreams become a reality.
Five contestants will have an opportunity to pitch their business idea to a team of judges and a crowd full of supportive entrepreneurs and other community members in Belding in the coming days.
The Right Place, the Ionia County Economic Alliance and Montcalm Economic Alliance have teamed up with the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, Belding Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce to host MIPitch, an entrepreneurial program allowing Montcalm and Ionia residents to pitch their business ideas to the community and receive cash prizes.