Winning team holding oversized $2,000 check

2022 Top Teams

Finalists in this year's Bronco Pitch Competition meant business.

Intro and Events

The Bronco Pitch Competition is an opportunity for Western Michigan University students to pitch their innovative business ideas for a chance to win prizes and receive feedback. The general public is invited to attend the finals in person at Schneider Hall.

Applications are due by April 3, 2023 for this year. 


The competition will be held in person at Schneider Hall on Friday, April 14.

Need some resources on creating your pitch? Contact Lara Hobson for assistance. 

Check out the 2022 winners and read about all the finalists.


Event schedule
9 to 9:15 a.m.Student check in (2150 Schneider Hall)
9:15 to 9:30 a.m.Semi-final judges arrive (2150 Schneider Hall)
9:45 to 10:45 a.m.Semi-final rounds in classrooms
11 to 11:50 a.m.Lunch and student showcase (Study lounge and 2150 Schneider Hall)
Noon to 12:20 p.m.Keynote speaker (2000 Schneider Hall)
12:20 to 12:45 p.m.High school finals for top five teams (2000 Schneider Hall)
12:45 to 1:15 p.m.WMU student finals for top six teams (2000 Schneider Hall)
1:20 to 1:45 p.m.Winners announced, group photos, networking event concludes (2000 Schneider Hall)


College team prizesHigh school team prizes
First place$3,000First place$1,000 prize for team and $500 scholarships for each team member
Second place$2,000Second place$750
Third place$1,000Third place$250
Fourth place$500  

K.C. Info

K.C. O'Shaughnessy

O'ShaughnessyThe Bronco 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