Do you want your business to compete? Start Here.

Make it happen with the Pitch a Dream competition.  Have an idea, looking to start a business, or maybe you have already started a business, this opportunity could bring you to the next level.  Companies will be eligible for investment to further the start-up or growth of their company.  Investment levels will range from In-kind services to cash prizes.  The program details and competitive process will be administered by Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC).  

How It Works

Step 1: Submit Application – Deadline July 30, 2018

Visit the Form page and submit your Name, Email, Company Name (if any), Bay City Address, Email, Business Stage, Phone Number.

 An overview of your idea including: The Moment (What is your story, what made you move forward with your idea?), The Idea (What problem did you identify, what is your idea going to fix?), The Advantage (What makes your idea better, faster, stronger?), The Future (How will you spend your funds, next steps, where are you headed?).

Step 2: Application Process

After online submission, you will receive communication for verification of eligibility and link to pay $50 application fee.   

Step 3: Kickoff Meeting and Presentation Milestones Delivered

On Monday July 16 at 12:00pm, Tuesday, July 17 at 4:30pm, and August 2 at 4:30pm a Kickoff meeting will be held at CMURC Uptown Bay City where you will receive a welcome packet with important templates, dates and details. The kickoff meeting is not required but highly recommended to ensure participants understand expectations and timeline of the competition deliverables.

Step 4: Pitch and Executive Summary Development

Entrepreneurs will be given milestones to complete in three phases. Phase 1 Pitch must be delivered and approved by August 13, 2018. From there, Phase 2 Pitch delivered and approved by September 17, 2018. Final Pitch Deck presentation and five-page Executive Summary Delivered and approved by October 15, 2018. There will be ongoing daily events, resources and opportunities available for you to further develop your idea, refine your Pitch Deck and build a five page Executive Summary.  

A strong Pitch Deck will be presented in PowerPoint format. Finalists will be delivered a template pitch deck to communicate details including Problem, Solution, Benefit, Technology, Market, Competition, Milestones/Traction, Revenue Model, Marketing and Sales Strategy, Team and Roles, and Ask. Must be no longer than 10 minutes.

Step 5: Finalists Announced

By October 19, the top 10 finalists will be announced and invited to participate in the Pitch a Dream competition on November 1.  It is mandatory to present in person for the competition.  All finalists will have access to the Scorecard to help understand the criteria judges will be looking for.  

Key Dates

July 30, 2018
Submission Deadline

July 31, 2018:
Selected Applicants are Contacted

August 2, 4:30pm:
Kickoff Meeting

August 13, 2018:
Phase 1 Presentation

September 17, 2018:
Phase 2 Pitch Presentation and Draft of Executive Summary

October 15, 2018:
Phase 3 Pitch Presentation and Final Executive Summary

November 1, 2018:
Competition Presentation


Early-stage companies based in, or principal location in Bay County

Non-public, for-profit and defined as a small business by the Small Business Administration

Less than $1M private sector investments & less than $2.5M revenue in last 12 months

Companies must agree to complete the program and adhere to the timeline set-forth in the details


Five-page Executive Summary

Investor Pitch