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Women in Entrepreneurship WE Innovate Pitch Competition

Women in Entrepreneurship was founded in 2015 with the goal of supporting collegiate women in their business journeys. The WE Innovate Pitch Competition was first held in 2016 in order to financially support the same goal. The goal of the competition is to provide women entrepreneurs a place to gain practice pitching their idea in front of judges and a crowd of their peers in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Women in Entrepreneurship makes an application public for the pitch competition each year, and there are only a few simple qualifications. They must be a student at Michigan State University, there must be at least one female on the founding team, and she must be the one to pitch the company in the competition. The Women in Entrepreneurship Executive Board will review the applications and decide between 5-8 teams who are ready to pitch their ideas. The competition is judged by people who are active in the entrepreneurship space in the Lansing area.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference for Women Entrepreneurs

This project will give women entrepreneurs the chance to win funds for their business. The pitch competition is judged by professionals in the entrepreneurship space in the Lansing area who know what to look for in a pitch, in an idea, and in an entrepreneur.

Before, during and after the pitch competition these teams have the full support and resources of Women in Entrepreneurship and The Hatch to ensure that they do well. Your support is another step in the process to achieving their business goals.

Project Budget

The money raised will go directly to the winners of the competition. Each donation gets us one step closer into fully funding the prize portion of this competition. All of the money won during the competition will go towards the women advancing their companies. First place in the competition will receive $3,000 dollars, second will receive $2,000 dollars, and third place will receive $1,000 dollars.

The money raised will make a difference in the lives of these entrepreneurs because they will have capital in order to make improvements to their company as they see fit. No investor will be trying to control their dreams. Your donation will help them maintain full control of their company longer.

Who WE Are

Women in Entrepreneurship (WE) was formed by a group of ambitious women at Michigan State University to inspire and empower women interested in entrepreneurship. Coming from different backgrounds, we want to share how entrepreneurship is not exclusive to a single major, gender, or race. Instead, it means integrating talents of those with diverse interests in order to take risks and develop a business venture. The team we have created stands behind supporting women and innovation. We are transparent in our discussions and ideas because we want to lead the conversation in how women can gain momentum in the entrepreneurship world. We want to change the way the professional world views women, especially the youth that are the pioneers, inventors, and leaders of our future.

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University Advancement
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535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

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