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 August 11th, 2019

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 be contacted and given further information.   

Step 3: Kickoff Meeting and Presentation Milestones Delivered

On June 27, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm), July 15,2019 (12-1pm), August 6, 2019 (5-6pm) and August 8, 2019 (4-5pm) 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 September 9th, 2019. From there, Phase 2 Pitch delivered and approved by September 30th, 2019. Final Pitch Deck presentation and five-page Executive Summary Delivered and approved by October 28th, 2019. 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 November 4th, the top 10 finalists will be announced and invited to participate in the Pitch a Dream competition on November 12th.  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

August 11, 2019:

Online Submission Deadline

June 27, 2019 (4:30-5:30pm), July 15,2019 (12-1pm), August 6, 2019 (5-6pm) and August 8, 2019 (4-5pm)

Kickoff meetings and Q&A at CMURC Uptown Bay City

August 19, 2019: 

Application Process and $1000 Exchange Raise Complete

August 26, 2019:

Selected Applicants are Contacted

September 9, 2019:

Phase 1 Presentation 

September 30, 2019:

Phase 2 Presentation 

Draft of Executive Summary

October 28, 2019:

Final Pitch Presentation 

Final Executive Summary

Week of November 4, 2019:

Top Applicants are Contacted

November 12, 2019:

Pitch A Dream Competition 


Early-stage companies based in or principal location in Bay County, or willing to locate, relocate, and/or expand to Bay County

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

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

Participants must adhere to Federal Laws and Regulations

Participants have not won over $10,000 or received Grand Prize winnings in previous Pitch a Dream competition


Five-page Executive Summary

Investor Pitch

$1000 Exchange Raise

 (Application Fee & Background Check)