I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Business Plan Competition

The I-69 Thumb Region, a seven-county partnership, presents the I-69 Thumb Region’s Catapult Business Plan Competition.

This competition aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners in starting or growing their small businesses.

Each of the seven participating counties held a county-level competition in their community via a public pitch event awarding $2,000 to the first place winner and $1,000 to the second place winner.  County-level first place winners will move forward to compete for additional funds in the regional finale held at the I-69 Thumb Region 6th Annual Regional Summit. The regional competition will award (via public pitch) $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.

  • St. Clair County Winners
    1st Place – Smart Shelf
    2nd Place – Recor
  • Tuscola County Winners
    1st Place – Imperial Sauces
    2nd Place – Blondie’s Bakery
  • Lapeer County Winner
    1st Place  Simply Enjoyable Snacks
    2nd Place – In2Yoga
  • Flint & Genesee
    1st Place: Happy Little Green Farms
    2nd Place: The Content Effect
  • Huron  County Winners
    1st Place: Sibling Rivalry LLC
    2nd Place: Emma’s Coffee House
  • Sanilac County Winner
    1st Place: Thumb Roast Coffee
  • Shiawassee – TBA

The regional competition, in conjunction with the I-69 Regional Summit,  will be held Thursday, September 21 at the Lapeer Country Club. The competition will kick-off around 10:45 a.m.


Competition Requirements
Eligible applicants are individuals wishing to start a business within the next three months or existing small businesses.  A small business has 20 or fewer employees, existing revenue of less than $400,000 and a product or service that it wishes to expand in a larger market or a different customer base within a local market.