On April 1, two GRCC teams won $1,000 prizes at the MWest Challenge Competition. There were 23 teams from GRCC who submitted executive summaries. Nine teams went on to present their business plans at GVSU on April 1.
Two of the nine teams won Impact Awards. The first award was given to Keyon Hall and Bessie Hall for “The Shop Supermarket” proposal. Their idea was to have a business that provides a workspace in which customers can work on their cars. The second award was given to Khrystal Jackson for her “Tech-ulance” proposal. Jackson’s idea helped to make phone repair services to make house calls. Each team was assisted by several GRCC faculty members in preparing for this competition.
There were 12 colleges and universities from West Michigan who participated the MWest Challenge, competing for almost $40,000 in prizes. During this event students were given the opportunity to associate with investors over a one month period and attend workshops at the competition.
“Competitive events, such as MWest Challenge, help our GRCC students improve and polish their skills so they are better able to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive marketplace,” said Professor and Business Department Head Felix Pereiro. “They learn for themselves what entrepreneurs go through during the early startup stage and the hard work that goes into creating an outstanding executive summary and idea pitch.”