• Student Pitching
  • Student Pitching

The K.C. O'Shaughnessy Business Pitch Competition and Showcase is an opportunity for Western Michigan University students to pitch their innovative business ideas for a chance to win prizes and receive feedback. 

High school students are invited to pitch their business idea. This group will compete in their own category for prizes.

Check out the 2018 winners' videos and read about all the finalists. 

Look for information on the application deadline for the 2020 Pitch Competition in the fall.

Need some resources on creating your pitch? Contact Dr. Laurel Ofstein or Lara Hobson for assistance. 

 K.C. O'Shaughnessy

O'ShaughnessyThe WMU Business Pitch Competition is named in memory of Dr. K.C. O'Shaughnessy, a professor of management in the Haworth College of Business and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, who passed away in 2011. The work he started in the area of entrepreneurship led to the creation of events like this competition, the major and minor in entrepreneurship, and the formation of the business accelerator Starting Gate. His legacy lives on in the students who now benefit from these programs.

Read more about Dr. O'Shaughnessy

Pitch attendees and judges will sign a nondisclosure agreement at the event.