GVSU CEO Club

The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is the premier entrepreneurship organization at GVSU. We focus on active goal setting and accountability to empower students who are serious about building their personal human capital and taking their business to the next level. 

Events  ⎮  About Us  ⎮  Idea Pitch

Idea Pitch registration is now closed. Congratulations to the 2014 Idea Pitch winners! A huge thank you to everyone who helped make the event great. If you competed and would like your score sheets, stop by the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation located on the first floor of the Seidman Center anytime before October 28th! 


The Basics: 

Do you have a new product or business idea? Want to win some cash? Business student or not, this is the event for you! The GVSU Idea Pitch Competition provides you with 90 seconds to present your idea to a panel of West Michigan judges for a chance to win a really big check. Take your idea to the next level, make business connections, and win cash; it just takes 90 seconds! No props, no powerpoints, just ideas. Are you ready to compete?

When & Where: 

The final event will be held on Tuesday, September 30th at 6:00pm in the Mary Idema Pew Library. Light refreshments will be provided. If you have any questions regarding the competition, please us at gvsuceoclub@gmail.com!

Registration & Eligibility:  

Registration is free to GVSU undergraduate and graduate students of all majors. Before registering, be sure to check out the Rules & Eligibility page. The deadline to register is Friday, September 26th by 9:00 p.m. Simply submit the form located here to register. 

Wait... What Exactly is an Idea Pitch? 

An “Idea Pitch” or “Elevator Pitch” is a frequently used term which can be interpreted as “tell me about your idea in the time it takes to ride up an elevator,” i.e. 90 seconds. Presenting yourself effectively is an essential tool in the world of business, and a well-planned idea pitch can open doors in your future. Want some tips on the art of pitching? Check out our Pitching Basics page! There will also be multiple opportunities to practice your presentation. If you are interested in individual support, email the GVSU Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at cei@gvsu.edu to schedule an appointment.




Prizes:

  • 1st Place - $1,000
    • 1st place winner is also automatically entered in the National Idea Pitch competition, held during the CEO National Conference in Florida. Conference ticket and travel expenses will be covered for the grand prize winner, paid for by GVSU CEO Club.
  • 2nd Place - $750
  • 3rd Place - $500

Past Winners: 

2014 IPC Winners

  1. Maggie McGee, Happy Camper Lip Balm

  2. Megan Lasley, the Ugly Food Truck

  3. Tony Beranek, NinjaHelp

2013 IPC Winners

  1. Jake Dykstra & Matt Freundl, Welder Shield

  2. Justin Herd, the Bowl with Holes

  3. Autumn Modena & Jenna Petersen, RefuTea

2012 IPC Winners

  1. Jason Sissing, Pop-Top

  2. Jacob Hall, Capable Solutions

  3. Tran Pham, Cultural Program

2011 IPC Winners

  1. Miles Smith, Break Away Coupling
  2. Sam Rasmussen, Designer Vents

2010 IPC Winners

  1. Frank Leonard, Keg Regulator

2009 IPC Winners

  1. Michael Henke & Michael McCarthy,
    Showerhead LED
  2. Ashley Van Roekel, Community Biking System
  3. Molly Gagnon, Spider Fighter

2008 IPC Winners

  1. Katie Racey, Formal Freedom, LLC
  2. Ben Demuro, The Tall Bike
  3. Chris Young & John Levandowski,
    At Your Service Valet

2007 IPC Winners

  1. Joel Soelberg, Clean Scrapper
  2. Matt Senko, Tattoo Software
  3. Joe Pohlen, DormTshirts.com

2006 IPC Winners

  1. Allison Morrow
  2. Geoff Patterson
  3. Thomas Sanders, Jr.

2005 IPC Winners

  1. Joe Pohlen
  2. Erik Winquist

Interested in participating in a similar event? Click here to check out our list of other competitions! Want to improve your pitching skills? Check out our Pitching Basics page! 

 
 

updated october 10, 2014