Pitch@WCC Past Winners

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Pitch@WCC is The Entrepreneurship Center’s premier event of the year, where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas for cash prizes.

Past Winners

Congratulations to our 2023 Pitch winners and finalists!


Alise Brengettcy

Bennett Lai - Marupo's Egg Tarts

WINNER Brooke Marshall - Seed Straws


Parker Martin - epiSLS

WINNER Max Morefield - KISS APP, LLC

Boyang Wang - C-PRO


Larrissa Carlton - Detroit Flower Wall and Signs

Paula A. Dana - Hooligan Wrap, LLC

WINNER Brian Scott - Broadcast Boot Camp


WINNER Teiara Massey - Diamond Princess

AUDIENCE CHOICE WINNER Ruth Singleton - Heal 4 Life

Sharda Taylor - Willing Vessels Community Outreach

WCC Student Pitch

Anton Ford

Katherine Keeler

Henry Zhang

Pitch @ WCC 2022 Prize Winners:


Grand Prize $1, 500: Emily Holiday, Michigan Refillery

Runner Up $1,000: Lisa Blake, Care Champion

Second Runner Up $750: Oyun-Erdene Damitio, Oyu Global LLC


Grand Prize $2000: Satara Holliday, First Love Tours

Runner Up $1,500: Cathryn Coleman, Bouncing Around the Motor City

Second Runner Up $1,000: Cymone Croft, She’s Virtual LLC

All other participants received a free hour of business coaching with Colette Douglas of Elite Customer Service, courtesy of the EC.

Pitch @ WCC 2022 Winner Videos

Click here to watch all of the winning pitch videos from 2022.

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Grow Category

Grand Prize $1,500: Celeste Green, Spanish For Kids
Runner Up $1,000: Leslie Neal, True 2 You
2nd Runner Up $500: Rita Shelley, Cheeky Spices

Build Category

Grand Prize $1,250: Jacqueline Sun, Brassi
Runner Up $750: Laura Roughton, Revive Functional Nutrition
2nd Runner Up $500: Elizabeth Levy, Essay Help For Colleges

Start Category

Grand Prize $750: Susan Baskett, Black Hair Matters
Runner Up $400: Sarah Burch, NamaSitter
2nd Runner Up $250: LaWanda Hollister, The Chow Hall

Additional Prize:

One free professional development class at WCC up to $200, from the office of WCC Corporate and Lifelong Learning, for each of the twelve Pitch finalists.

Pitch @ WCC 2021 Videos

Click here to watch all twelve pitch participants from 2021.

2019 winners are…

Start Category

1st Place – $1,000:
LikeMe? App
Steven Chettleburgh

Runner-up – $500:
Urban Healthcare Solutions
JoAhne Penney

Build Category

1st Place – $1,250:
Champ Life Pros
Red Jennings

Runner-up – $625:
Bee Present Honey
Rebecca Wittekindt

Grow Category

1st Place – $1,500:
The Cookie and Crumb
Shanell Smith
Facebook: The Cookie and Crumb

Runner-up – $750:
Beyond Primary Care
Jeff O’Boyle

$500 Audience Choice Award

Jane Coaxum’s Golden Care
Charles Cameron

Pitch@WCC, May 2019

2018 winners are....

Start Category

1st Place - $1,000:
Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery
Instagram: CatasReliefLLC

Runner-up - $500:
Michigan Youth Yugioh Academy
Trenton Aeschliman

Build Category

1st Place - $1,250:
Sean Carroll
Runner-up - $625:
Danielle Statom

Grow Category

1st Place - $1,500:
Love at First Try
Kerrie Love
Runner-up - $750:
EVOLVEcreative presents: No More Parties Fest
Tateanna Hinds & Lamar Turner

$500 Audience Choice Award

CatasRelief, Kiara Patterson & Tiffany Avery

Pitch@WCC 2017 Winners & Photos View the Facebook photo album

Start Category

Winner: Credit Card Shavers Xavier Clemons CreditCardShavers.com Indiegogo: Credit Card Shavers Runner-up: Fresh To The Roots Eduardo Calvachi and Fernando Calvachi freshtotheroots.myshopify.com

Build Category Winner: AXC Apparel (American X Change) Khalid McDowell and Lamar Turner AXCapparel.com Runner-up: Cake It Up Paige Jones

Grow Category

Winner: A's Custom ESL Tutoring L.L.C. Alicia Myers
Runner-up: SpaLyfe Pamela Pettway SpaLyfe.com

Audience Choice Award Sunshine Recumbent Brad Vredeveld and Haiying Gan

Pitch@WCC 2016 Winners & Photos View the Facebook photo album

Start/Build Category Winner: Moonlight Games Matt Beadle Runner-up: Washtenaw Wool Company Carol Ullmann

Grow Category Winner: Sleepy Cricket Healthy Vending Karen Driggs
 Runner-up: Nirmal for Disruptive Eating Priya Dass

Audience Choice Award Washtenaw Wool Company Carol Ullmann

For updates on Pitch@WCC winners from 2019-2016, check out the following videos:

Pitch@WCC Press Coverage

"New Pitch event at Ann Arbor Art Fair will offer cash prizes for artists and art entrepreneurs.” Concentrate, Ann Arbor, July 12, 2023, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/artpitchevent0688.aspx

"Youth audio production education program among winners in 2023 Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, June 14, 2023, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/pitchwcc0685.aspx

" Six entrepreneurs take home prize money from Pitch@WCC," WCC News, May 17, 2023, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/articles/2023-05-16-pitchwinners.php

"Entrepreneurs encouraged to apply to Pitch@WCC competition, with prizes up to $7,500," Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 25, 2023, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/pitchwcc0666.aspx

"Washtenaw Community College awards cash to pitch competition winners," All About Ann Arbor, June 3, 2022, https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2022/06/03/washtenaw-community-college-awards-cash-to-pitch-competition-winners/

"Entrepreneurs Return to WCC to Pitch Business Plans," DBusiness, May 31, 2022, https://www.dbusiness.com/daily-news/dbusiness-daily-update-detroit-filmmaker-debuts-feature-movie-wolf-hound-and-more/

“WCC pitch competition winners include family-friendly salon for Black children,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 26, 2021, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/blackhairmatters0594.aspx

“Entrepreneurs pitch winning business plans at WCC virtual competition,” WCC News, May 14, 2021, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/articles/2021-05-14-pitchwinners.php

“Aspiring and fledgling entrepreneurs win cash prizes at Pitch@WCC,” WCC News & Events, May 14, 2019, https://www.wccnet.edu/news/2019/2019-05-14-pitch-wcc.php

“Washtenaw Community College holds ‘pitch-off’ for local entrepreneurs May 9 in Ann Arbor,” Click on Detroit, March 22, 2019, https://www.clickondetroit.com/all-about-ann-arbor/2019/03/22/washtenaw-community-college-holds-pitch-off-for-local-entrepreneurs-may-9-in-ann-arbor/

“‘Catastrophe room’ business idea wins $1,500 at Pitch@WCC competition,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, May 23, 2018, https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/catasrelief0458.aspx

“Pitch@WCC competition returns, offering opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs,” Concentrate Ann Arbor, January 17, 2018: https://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/pitchatwcc0440.aspx

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