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Anyone from anywhere in any language can submit an idea. It only takes a minute. You can submit more than one idea.
  • Ideas can be submitted from February 26, 2019 to May 30, 2019
  • June 19, 2019 the 100 finalists are announced.
  • $1,000 is awarded to each of the 100 to prepare for Demo Day.
  • August 27th, 2019 Demo Day 2019 takes place.
  • $20,000 is awarded to the winners of Demo Day.

2018 Demo Day Winners

The Only Bean - Kristine Yang
Adoraa Company - Ariana Waller
Public Thread - Janay Brower
SLP-TEK Cot - Justin Gauvin
Squish and Scrub - Bobby Johnson
Soldadera Coffee - Gabriela Rodriguez
Kings Brewery Company - Terry Rostic
Muse GR- Stephen Smith
Payload CMS - James Mikrut
Hoodini - Liz Hilton


Opening Event

Date: February 27, 2019

Location: Start Garden

Submissions open

Neighborhood Summit

Date: March 2, 2019

Location: GVSU

Pitch Event

Date: April 5, 2019

Location: First Friday LINC

Pitch Event

Date: April 11, 2019

Location: Bridge Street Market

Pitch Event

Date: May 7, 2019

Location: Lindo Mexico

Pitch Event

Date: May 29, 2019

Location: Start Garden

Start Garden 5×5

Submissions Close

Date: May 30, 2019


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