Walsh College, Michigan Women’s Foundation Present Third Annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition

The third annual Entrepreneur-YOU Women’s Business Plan and Pitch Competition will be held Friday, Oct.10 at the Walsh College Troy campus.

Ten finalists, selected from 95 entries, will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges for a prize pool valued at more than $75,000.

“We encourage all women in business to attend the competition to cheer on our finalists and see how entrepreneurship in Detroit is not just about technology and industry but also about home-based businesses started by women with unique ideas,” said Stephanie Bergeron, president and CEO, Walsh College.

The pitch presentations are open to the public, but preregistration is requested. Visit http://www.walshcollege.edu/EYOU for more information and a complete list of finalists.

Funding for the competition comes from Fifth Third Bank, the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the DTE Energy Foundation. In addition, the winners will receive in-kind support from local companies donating time for marketing, legal and accounting services.

Entrepreneur-YOU is a cooperative initiative among Michigan Women’s Foundation, Inforum Michigan, and Walsh College with support from Fifth Third Bank. The purpose of the initiative is to assist women in the pursuit of successful businesses.

In addition to the business plan competition, Entrepreneur-YOU also includes an annual conference.


Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs.

One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township, and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (www.ncahlc.org; phone: 312-263-0456). The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, www.acbsp.org) accredits specific degree programs.


Michigan Women’s Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that is committed to creating positive change for Michigan’s women and girls. As a statewide foundation, MWF seeks to transform Michigan to achieve equality and empowerment for its women and girls. It raises funds to support and collaborate with individuals and organizations to address and eliminate barriers to economic and social equality for Michigan women and girls. In over 25 years, it has awarded more than $3.2 million to more than 500 programs and organizations, working to advance equality, remove barriers and improve lives. It values community, results, accountability, and above all – equity.