DETROIT – Calling all startups and small businesses, Michipreneur has found more pitch opportunities that lead to cash prizes.

In Pontiac their second annual Pitch n’ Pontiac is back. With partnership from CEED Lending, businesses can pitch and compete for prizes. First prize is $7,500 in cash with support services too. Those in food, technology, and lifestyle industries are encouraged to apply.

“Being the Pitch winner helped my business beyond measure, with the funds we were awarded, we were able to get the equipment we needed to take our business to the next level as well as exposure to the community we service”, 2016 Pitch winner – Tanisha Taylor. The 2016 Pitch “N”Pontiac winners were Tanisha Taylor – Quest, Cheer and Dance – First Place; Carrie Hauser -Sprout Fresh Food Store – Second Place and Ashleigh Altemann and Evan Monaghan – Plain and Fancy Foods – Third Place. Applications are due by Monday, July 31 and are available for download here.

Then, across the state, in Ludington Michigan, is the annual Momentum Business Plan CompetitionNow in it’s third year they are offering a $50,000 cash prize to an eligible independent for-profit or non-profit venture with a viable business idea, plan or invention; or an existing organization or company with less than $100,000 in sales or revenue annually.

The winner also receives advising from the Momentum board of directors comprised of local CEOs and business leaders, as well as the 2016 winner. New this year is a second prize of $5,000 provided by the Mason County Growth Alliance. Eligible contestants can upload a business plan to until July 31. Entrance requirements and rules also can be found on the contest website,

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.