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Ann Arbor Spark

NEF July Pitch Pit and Showcase Competition

Thursday, July 14 2022 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Pitch Pit 
Selected entrepreneurs will each give a four-minute pitch of their business idea to a panel of investor judges in a “Shark Tank” format. PowerPoint slides are not permitted. Think of it as the proverbial “elevator speech.” After each pitch, the judges will give detailed feedback and score the business. At the end of the evening, the person with the highest score will receive a $250 cash prize at the end of the evening.


Diane Bouis, PhD, is the program director for MedTech Innovator, the nonprofit global competition and accelerator for medical device, digital health and diagnostic companies.

Marilyn Clark has worked in the world of business for three decades. In 2019 she retired from MTEC SmartZone, a high-tech business incubator in Houghton, Michigan.

Trista Van Tine is co-founder & executive director of Michigan Founders Fund, a network of entrepreneurs and investors who have pledged 1% of equity, carry or profit to support impactful local organizations throughout the state who are doing the work to better our communities and enrich quality of life.

At the conclusion of the Forum, we will break out into smaller groups to network and rub elbows with the movers and shakers of Ann Arbor’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.



Ann Arbor SPARK Central Innovation Center
330 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI, USA