College of Business prepares for largest Make-A-Pitch competition yet

South Lyon senior Matthew Finneran presents his elevator pitch during the Make-a-Pitch competition on Dec. 1, 2016 in Grawn Hall.

A total of 38 student teams will compete in the Make-A-Pitch competition on Dec. 6, an increase from the previously recorded-high of 26 that competed last year.

The event takes place 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Grawn Hall atrium. This will be the eighth Make-A-Pitch competition.

One change this is that the competition will take place in the new Grawn Hall atrium instead of the classroom Grawn 151, where is was held in previous years.

With the amount of new space the atrium provides, it has allowed for the competition to expand the number of teams participating, as well as seating around 120 spectators.

Julie Baker, Central Michigan Entrepreneurship Institute executive secretary believes the atrium will make a big difference in the way things are done during the competition.  

“The increase in number has a lot to do with the fact we have the atrium now,” Baker said. “Before we were limited to the number of people we could put in there, and now we're thinking, 'Oh my gosh we have this huge space — how are we going to fill it?'” 

This year’s competition will also feature a larger social media and radio presence than previous years, with radio station 91.5 The Mountain broadcasting the event live. 

Grand Rapids senior Jessica Meyers will be live-tweeting the event along with members of the Epsilon Nu Tau fraternity. The fraternity will document the event through Central Michigan University’s Snapchat story.

Registration to compete closed Nov. 30. All students are invited to attend the pitch-off.