Entrepreneurial competition pivots to virtual platform.

May 29, 2020

Entrepreneurial competition pivots to virtual platform.

OCEANA COUNTY — Oceana County’s only entrepreneurial pitching competition, Pitch North, will be pivoting to a virtual platform that will feature the competition’s five finalists presenting pitches live online, June 24.

Entrepreneurs living in Oceana, Newaygo or Lake counties are encouraged to submit their ideas at www.pitchnorth.com for the opportunity to compete for their portion of more than $7,000 in cash prizes awarded to cultivate their business or idea.

Entrepreneurship is critical to the success of rural communities. When people start and grow businesses, they contribute to the economic diversity of their area. These unique local businesses become differentiators for their communities. Unfortunately, individuals living in rural areas often have less access to funding and resources to pursue these endeavors.

Pitch North was launched by The Right Place, Inc. in 2019 to change that. “Pitch North offers an opportunity to local entrepreneurs who may have found inspiration and motivation during these unique times to bring their business idea to fruition,” said Jodi Nichols, business development coordinator for The Right Place, who is working locally through The Oceana County Economic Alliance.

Pitch submissions for Pitch North 2020 are being accepted at pitchnorth.com now through June 12 at 11:59 pm. A committee will review and score all submissions and select five finalists to present their pitches live during the virtual event June 24 at 4 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three finalists. The public will have an opportunity to view the event and can register to attend at pitchnorth.com.

Pitch North is hosted by The Right Place, Inc. and made possible through support from Consumers Energy, The Fremont Area Community Foundation, Northern Initiatives, Gerber Federal Credit Union, Shelby State Bank, River Country Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Community College.

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