City of Saginaw, Michigan

January 16, 2024 SAGINAW, MI – It’s almost time for Saginaw Soup to begin working with a new batch of entrepreneurs, and residents are invited to participate in this transformative pitch competition dedicated to fostering small business prosperity and creating economic growth opportunities within our vibrant entrepreneurship community. The application period ends on February 9, 2024.

Saginaw Soup Pitch Competition supports local entrepreneurs that have a dream and vision but need help to bring it to fruition or just want to spread awareness about who they are so they can grow. Saginaw Soup works to create relationships between service providers to share information, promote and coordinate entrepreneurship services in Saginaw County, and provide personalized assistance to businesses in the early stage of growth.

Local entrepreneurs can apply for this free business assistance and enter to win a piece of the cash prizes totaling more than $10,000! Apply Here!

NEW for Spring 2024--Pitch At The Cup. Pitch At The Cup is an exciting enhancement to the Saginaw Soup Pitch Competition in response to the regional 2024 Memorial Cup Event coming to Saginaw May 24-June 2, 2024. Pitch At The Cup is a one-time expansion of the typical Saginaw Soup process to include entrepreneurs from all over the Great Lakes Bay Region in a competition in Downtown Saginaw. Pitch At The Cup is a collaborative effort between the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Saginaw Soup, SVSU, CMURC, Saginaw Future, City of Saginaw, Saginaw Economic Development Corporation and the Saginaw Spirit.

Pitch At The Cup offers two categories of competition with requirements listed below.

Adult Pitch Eligibility:
• For-Profit Businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region, MI
• Operational for less than 2 years (as of May 2024)
• Revenue less than $1 million

Student Pitch Eligibility:
• 6th - 12th grade students in the Great Lakes Bay Region
• Guardian approval & transportation required
• Operational for less than 2 years

Cassi Zimmerman, Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Saginaw, commented on the committee’s efforts, “The Pitch At The Cup event will be larger and more inclusive of the Great Lakes Bay Region to celebrate the many collaborative efforts around making the 2024 Memorial Cup a legacy event with a long-lasting, positive impact on the City of Saginaw.

Kisha Smith, Director of the Saginaw Economic Development Corporation, commented on Saginaw Soup’s efforts, “Our Pitch At The Cup event activities and programming mirrors Saginaw Soup’s efforts. Our goal is to continue to inform entrepreneurs and visionaries of the resources that are available to help develop their business idea. We walk these entrepreneurs through the development of a business plan, including hosting training on business planning, marketing, competition, and financials. Entrepreneurs leave the program with the tools to stabilize and grow their business.

Save the Date for Pitch At The Cup: Thursday, May 30, 2024
Location: CMURC, Saginaw

For more details about this event, contact Cassi Zimmerman at (989) 759-1423.