Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest Business Plan Competition 2010


Competition Organizer

GLEQ and the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Business - Local U.S.
Who's Eligible
The competition is basically open to every citizen in Michigan or that is part of a business located in Michigan.
Important Dates

The registration deadline is Friday, March 5, 2010. The deadline for business plan documents is May 7, 2010 for the New Business Idea and the Emerging Company categories and April 23, 2010 for the SmartZone Award.

Competition Prizes

First, second, and third-place cash prizes range from $500 to $25,000 depending on category. The SmartZone Award is a $100,000 pre-seed investment. Innovation awards are also provided.

Other Info

Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest (GLEQ) has been running two cycles of the competition each year for ten years. GLEQ matches participants with business coaches that advise them as they write their business plans. Every plan is evaluated by and receives written feedback from venture capital and angel investors, business development professionals and successful entrepreneurs.