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Detroit entrepreneurs to compete for pitch prize

From: Crain’s Detroit Business

By: Michael Lewis II

February 23, 2016

The Michigan Women’s Foundation, Comcast Business Solutions and the Detroit Regional Chamber have teamed up for the chamber’s first Pitch Detroit competition at the 2016 Detroit Policy Conference on Wednesday.

“This is our fifth pitch competition, but it’s our first unisex competition as well as our first in Detroit,” said Peg Tallet, chief community engagement officer for the Michigan Women’s Foundation. “There were 120 entrepreneurs, men and women, who reached out to pitch. That was narrowed down to the four that will be pitching (Wednesday).”

Tallet said the competition is meant to give four Detroit entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business plan to a panel of expert judges in front of conference attendants.

The winner will receive a prize package valued at more than $7,500, including cash, personal business services and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Mackinac Policy Conference to pitch again for a grand prize in front of 1,500 business and political leaders.

The finalists are:

Tatiana Grant, co-owner of Flash Delivery and president of Infused Public Relations and Events;
Anthony Hatinger, co-founder of Detroit Ento;
Jarret Schlaff, co-founder of Boots on the Ground; and
Justine Sheu, co-founder of Pro:Up.
Tallet said the competition will give insight on how to approach the business sector in the future.

“I think it will give us a sense of the broader entrepreneur landscape in this region,” Tallet said. “Small businesses are a big part of this city’s comeback. We want to make sure business owners have everything they need to be successful.”

The event will be emceed by Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO of Michigan Women’s Foundation. It will take place 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MotorCity Casino Hotel.