The Big Pitch

The Big PitchThe Big Pitch is the culminating event of the annual New Business Venture Competition at NMU. The 2020 comeptition was held virtually on Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 PM due to the COVID-19 precautions taken by NMU. 

The campus and Marquette communities are welcome to attend this "Shark Tank" style competition where students pitch their ideas to a panel of  judges as they try to win thousands of dollars to get their business ideas off the ground.

The Judges:

  • Justin Carlson - Carlson Media
  • John Spigarelli - Elegeat Seagulls
  • Dennis West - Northern Initiatives
  • Terry Dehring - QuickTrophy, LLC

The Competitors:


Cannoptics labs will provide patients, cultivators, producers, and dispensaries with important information about the safety, quality, and potency of their medicinal/recreational cannabis products. 

Presented by:
Michael Cole,  a Medicinal Plant Chemistry Major


OccuDec focuses on finding long term, affordable solutions to parking problems using custom built
detection software that takes advantage of state-of-the-art machine learning technology.

Presented by:
Max Steele, a Management major, and Jonathan Damon, a Computer Science Major