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CMU's 'Shark Tank,' Make-A-Pitch Competition to arrive Dec. 4


Novi senior Natalie Wiest listens to judge feedback at the Make a Pitch competition on Dec. 5, 2018 in the Grawn Hall Atrium. (File Photo)

Students will have the chance to give a "Shark Tank" style pitch to judges as part of the Make-A-Pitch Competition.

Make-A-Pitch is being held from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the atrium in Grawn Hall. Students can register by filling out an entry form and emailing it to Julie Baker or delivering it to Grawn 166 by 5 p.m. Nov. 27. Make-A-Pitch is open to any student regardless of whether they are business-focused.

“It’s part of what we do for New Venture Competition. It’s the first kind of step to do a public presentation,” Program Manager Julie Baker said. 

Students are expected to use the feedback from the judges in their presentations for the New Venture Competition.

According to the website, the competition includes a two-minute elevator pitch with feedback from the judges and two rounds depending on the number of participants. There are 50 teams ranging from two to three people each.

Prizes include $250 for first place and gift cards for second, third, fourth and fifth place.

The judges consist of different “experienced investors, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.”

“We want to make sure the representation of the judges matches our student body demographically,” Baker said.

According to Baker, Broadcast and Cinematic Arts students have the opportunity to get on-the-job experience by live broadcasting the event on 91.7 The Mountain as well as on television.

“It can be scary standing up in a group of judges, but I've never had anyone say they wish they hadn’t done it,” Baker said.