The Macomb-Oakland University INCubator, based in Sterling Heights, is offering up a variety of cash and prize incentives for entrepreneurs in the high-growth technology space. If there’s one thing that it’s pretty obvious Detroit area entrepreneurs need, it’s cash and support.

Macomb-OU INCubatorThe “Macomb Pitch: A Competition For Small Businesses” is a panel-judged competition for Michigan-based businesses with revenue of less than or equal to $2.5 million have been in business less than or equal to three years. The incubator focuses on the niches of defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology.

The top prize is $8,500 in cash and a one-year membership to Mac-OU INC as well as access to a variety of business services. Second place winners get $1,500 and third place winners get $500 as well as a one-year lease for a Mac-OU INC cubicle at their facility. Applications are due October 14, and up to eight finalists will be announced on October 28.

Finalists will be required to participate in a “Pitch Prep” session, that will give budding industrialists feedback on their pitch.

The final, live competition is on the evening of December 11. Those interested in going for this need to get in touch with Joan Carleton at or call 586-884-9324.

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