The Big Pitch

The Big PitchThe Big Pitch is the culminating event of the annual New Business Venture Competition at NMU. This year's event will be held Thursday, March 28 from 7-8 p.m. in the Forest Roberts Theater.

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.

From 5:00-6:45 p.m before the event, the NMU College of Business will host a "Business After Hours" in the Lambda Chi Alpha Lobby of the Forest Roberts Theater. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy refreshments, celebrate the accomplishments of the student entrepreneurs, and network with the Marquette and NMU communities.

The Judges:

  • Kristy Sibilsky - Range Bank
  • Dennis West - Northern Initiatives
  • Terry Dehring - QuickTrophy, LLC
  • Chad Lewis - Superior Manufacturing Solutions, Lewis Boat Shop, Ensign Spars
  • Gina Jacquart Thorsen - Stormy Kromer

The Competitors:

An opportunity for the beautiful landscapes of the Upper Peninsula to harmonize with outdoor
recreation excursions with an emphasis on yoga, mindfulness, and meditation

Presented by:
Catherine Stenberg,  a Marketing major from Grand Haven, MI

To promote healthy, organic plants and seeds with honesty and integrity in growth practices

Presented by:
Dana Stroven, a May 2019 MBA Candidate from Brighton, MI

U.P. LURE Company, LLC  
To offer premium quality, hand-painted, crafted and assembled fishing lures at a reasonable price

Presented by:
Jacob Patterson, a Management major from Marquette. MI

Create a unique atmosphere where lifelong, year-round customers can unwind and enjoy great
wine and natural beauty

Presented by:
Keefer Edwards, an Accounting major from Glen Arbor, MI


To offer gymnastics classes at a safe, indoor facility where parents can bring their children to learn physical, social, and life skills

Presented by:
Kidron Stromwall, an Entrepreneurship major from Lakeville, MN


Strive to provide a safe, fun, positive, and educational learning experience in different shooting environments


Presented by:
Sierra Utych, an Accounting major from Newberry, MI