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Pitch @ WCC is The Entrepreneurship Center’s premier event of the year, where entrepreneurs in three categories pitch their business ideas for cash prizes: Start, Build and Grow.

Pitch @ WCC 2022 Prize Winners:

 

START CATEGORY

Grand Prize $1, 500: Emily Holiday, Michigan Refillery

Runner Up $1,000: Lisa Blake, Care Champion

Second Runner Up $750: Oyun-Erdene Damitio, Oyu Global LLC

BUILD CATEGORY

Grand Prize $2000: Satara Holliday, First Love Tours

Runner Up $1,500: Cathryn Coleman, Bouncing Around the Motor City

Second Runner Up $1,000: Cymone Croft, She’s Virtual LLC

All other participants received a free hour of business coaching with Colette Douglas of Elite Customer Service, courtesy of the EC.

 

Pitch @ WCC 2022 Winner Videos

Click here to watch all of the winning pitch videos from 2022.

 

2022 Photo Gallery

 


Videos of past winners

For an update on our [email protected] winners from 2019-2016, check out the following videos:

 


[email protected] Press Coverage

"Washtenaw Community College awards cash to pitch competition winners," All About Ann Arbor, June 3, 2022, https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2022/06/03/washtenaw-community-college-awards-cash-to-pitch-competition-winners/

"Entrepreneurs Return to WCC to Pitch Business Plans," DBusiness, May 31, 2022, https://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/dbusiness-daily-update-detroit-filmmaker-debuts-feature-movie-wolf-hound-and-more/

“WCC pitch competition winners include family-friendly salon for Black children,” Concentrate, May 26, 2021, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/blackhairmatters0594.aspx

“Entrepreneurs pitch winning business plans at WCC virtual competition,” WCC News, May 14, 2021, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/articles/2021-05-14-pitchwinners.php

“Aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs win cash prizes at [email protected],” WCC News & Events, May 14, 2019, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/2019/2019-05-14-pitch-wcc.php

“Washtenaw Community College holds ‘pitch-off’ for local entrepreneurs May 9 in Ann Arbor,” Click on Detroit, March 22, 2019, https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2019/03/22/washtenaw-community-college-holds-pitch-off-for-local-entrepreneurs-may-9-in-ann-arbor/

“‘Catastrophe room’ business idea wins $1,500 at [email protected] competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/catasrelief0458.aspx

[email protected] competition returns, offering opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 17, 2018: https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/pitchatwcc0440.aspx


Grow Category

Grand Prize $1,500: Celeste Green, Spanish For Kids
Runner Up $1,000: Leslie Neal, True 2 You
2nd Runner Up $500: Rita Shelley, Cheeky Spices

Build Category

Grand Prize $1,250: Jacqueline Sun, Brassi
Runner Up $750: Laura Roughton, Revive Functional Nutrition
2nd Runner Up $500: Elizabeth Levy, Essay Help For Colleges

Start Category

Grand Prize $750: Susan Baskett, Black Hair Matters
Runner Up $400: Sarah Burch, NamaSitter
2nd Runner Up $250: LaWanda Hollister, The Chow Hall

Additional Prize:

One free professional development class at WCC up to $200, from the office of WCC Corporate and Lifelong Learning, for each of the twelve Pitch finalists.

Pitch @ WCC 2021 Videos

Click here to watch all twelve pitch participants from 2021.

2019 winners are…

Start Category

1st Place – $1,000:
LikeMe? App
Steven Chettleburgh

Runner-up – $500:
Urban Healthcare Solutions
JoAhne Penney

Build Category

1st Place – $1,250:
Champ Life Pros
Red Jennings
rednetworkpros.com

Runner-up – $625:
Bee Present Honey
Rebecca Wittekindt
beepresenthoney.com

Grow Category

1st Place – $1,500:
The Cookie and Crumb
Shanell Smith
Facebook: The Cookie and Crumb

Runner-up – $750:
Beyond Primary Care
Jeff O’Boyle
beyondprimarycare.com

$500 Audience Choice Award

Jane Coaxum’s Golden Care
Charles Cameron

[email protected], May 2019

2018 winners are....

Start Category

1st Place - $1,000:
CatasRelief
Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery
Instagram: CatasReliefLLC


Runner-up - $500:
Michigan Youth Yugioh Academy
Trenton Aeschliman

Build Category

1st Place - $1,250:
EnBiologics
Sean Carroll
enbiologics.com
Runner-up - $625:
MyAaliyah
Danielle Statom

Grow Category

1st Place - $1,500:
Love at First Try
Kerrie Love
loveatfirsttry.com
Runner-up - $750:
EVOLVEcreative presents: No More Parties Fest
Tateanna Hinds & Lamar Turner

$500 Audience Choice Award

CatasRelief, Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery

[email protected] 2017 Winners & Photos View the Facebook photo album

Start Category

Winner: Credit Card Shavers Xavier Clemons CreditCardShavers.com Indiegogo: Credit Card Shavers Runner-up: Fresh To The Roots Eduardo Calvachi and Fernando Calvachi freshtotheroots.myshopify.com

Build Category Winner: AXC Apparel (American X Change) Khalid McDowell and Lamar Turner AXCapparel.com Runner-up: Cake It Up Paige Jones

Grow Category

Winner: A's Custom ESL Tutoring L.L.C. Alicia Myers https://dysodae.com/ Runner-up: SpaLyfe Pamela Pettway SpaLyfe.com

Audience Choice Award Sunshine Recumbent Brad Vredeveld and Haiying Gan

[email protected] 2016 Winners & Photos View the Facebook photo album

Start/Build Category Winner: Moonlight Games Matt Beadle Runner-up: Washtenaw Wool Company Carol Ullmann

Grow Category Winner: Sleepy Cricket Healthy Vending Karen Driggs https://thesleepycricket.com/ Runner-up: Nirmal for Disruptive Eating Priya Dass http://www.disruptiveeating.com/

Audience Choice Award Washtenaw Wool Company Carol Ullmann