Ends on October 12, 2017

2017 Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition - Student Track

Join Student Entrepreneurs from across the State of Michigan on November 16, 2017 to pitch your venture & network with regional investors. There are a total of $20,000+ in cash prizes awarded to winning companies

The application process is simple:

  1. Answer a few questions about your business
  2. Upload a 1-minute pitch video link describing the key points of your business
  3. Application & pitch video review from an experienced panel of judges

 The Top 27 Teams will progress to the Semi-Finals at the Detroit Masonic Temple on November 16th, 2017 during the 8th Annual Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition. If selected as a Semi-Finalist, your team will deliver a 4-minute pitch & slide deck describing the business to a panel of investors. Up to 9 Semi-Finalist companies will move on to the Finalist Pitches, and will deliver the same 4-minute pitch & slide deck to another panel of investor judges.

This competition is only for student entrepreneurs attending Michigan colleges & universities – any and all current student entrepreneurs across the state are welcome to apply and participate so long as the following rules and guidelines are adhered to:

  1. The company or idea MUST be majority (over 50%) owned by students.
  2. Any idea from any industry is accepted.
  3. All University grade levels are accepted, including undergraduates, Masters & PhD students.
  4. The company or idea cannot have over $10,000 in revenue, including third party investment.
  5. Your entry can just be an idea and not a legally formed entity.  However, if a legal entity has been formed, the earliest incorporation date cannot be before November 16, 2015.
  6. If you have previously competed at Student Accelerate and won a prize, you are not eligible to apply with the same idea.  You are eligible if you apply with a different idea.  If you have previously applied, but did not win, you are eligible to apply again.


First Round: Preliminary Application Deadline Thursday, October 12th, 2017
  • Initial Application
  • Pitch Video (1-min), which will be evaluated by:
    • Creativity
    • Delivery
    • Structure
Semi-Finalists Announced Around  October 26th, 2017

If selected as a semi-finalist, please submit your presentation via Submittable.
  You will have 4 minutes each to pitch to the judges and their will be one judge comment but no questions.  Make sure to bring a backup flash drive with you to the event. Mentor Session Around November 1st, 2017
  • Must have the 4-minute pitch deck ready
Final Pitch Deck Due November 9th, 2017

Second Round: Semi-Final Pitches
Onsite Judging on November 16th, 2017, 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
27 companies

Final Round: Final Pitches
Onsite Judging on November 16th, 2017, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
~9 companies, 4-min pitches

Winners Announced
Gala Awards Dinner Dinner, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

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