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I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Business Plan Competition

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The I-69 Thumb Region’s Catapult Business Plan Competition will award $30,000+ in grants(prizes) to entrepreneurs and small business owners to start or grow their businesses in the 7-county I-69 Thumb Region.

The competition is intended to target existing small businesses or startup businesses in the following industries:

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Craft agriculture and beverage
  • Logistics
  • Professional services
  • Technology

It will consist of two components: a countywide competition and a regional competition.   First place winners of the local competition will advance to the regional competition and a chance to win additional funding.   

The local  prizes are as follows:

  • First place $2,000 and admittance to the regional competition
  • Second place $1,000
  • A maximum of eight (8) entries will be allowed to present (as selected by the judges) 


Regional prizes are as follows:

  • First prize $5,000
  • Second prize $3,000
  • Third prize $1,000