Call for Entries: 2017 Dolphin Tank: Michigan Women’s Foundation’s Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition

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Until May 31, 2017 Current and Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs Statewide Can Apply for Annual Contest. Prizes Include $10,000 Cash and In-Kind Professional Support Services

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WHAT: Dolphin Tank: Entrepreneur YOU Business Plan & Pitch Competition, an annual contest for Michigan-based female entrepreneurs, presented by Michigan Women’s Foundation (MWF), in partnership with Springboard Enterprises, is currently accepting applications for the 2017 competition.

Interested applicants must submit a two-page concept paper for consideration, to be reviewed by a panel of business and industry professionals and accomplished entrepreneurs. From there, 10 finalists will be selected and matched with mentors/coaches who will help them hone their plan and pitching skills before presenting to a final panel of judges in the “Dolphin Tank” (a gentler version of TV’s “Shark Tank”).

Final winners will each earn a portion of $10,000 in total cash prizes, as well as in-kind professional support services for their businesses.

WHEN:    Important dates:
                May 31, 2017 – Completed applications and concept papers submission deadline
                June 2017 – Announcement of finalists
                November 2017 – Dolphin Tank competitions in Detroit, Jackson and Grand Rapids

DETAILS: Applications and two-page concept papers are now being accepted at A $10 application fee is due at time of submission.

Concept papers must include: a business summary, product/service description, market/industry analysis, revenue/business model, competition, management team, financials and intended use of funds.

WHO: Michigan-based entrepreneurial businesses that are woman-owned (at least 51 percent) and/or woman-led (primary decision maker, e.g. CEO) at any stage of business in any industry are welcomed to apply.

The program is presented by MWF, a 501(c)(3) organization, which has been devoted to achieving social and economic equality for women and girls in Michigan for more than 30 years. For more information, visit

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