The Burgess New Venture Challenge (BNVC), an early-stage pitch competition bringing together Michigan State University student entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, announces the winners of its first annual contest. Fifteen Michigan State University student startups pitched their ideas to a panel of expert judges, competing for scholarship prizes totaling over $40k in scholarship funding.

The winning teams hold up their award checks

The BNVC is a collaboration between Spartan Innovations and the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, promoting entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation at Michigan State University.

The generosity of sponsors, including the MSU Federal Credit Union, Foster Swift, Varnum, Dean Trailways, and the General Motors Foundation, ensured every competing student team received $500 in scholarship funding.

The following MSU student startups presented their strongest cases and, as a result, took home top prizes:

  • 1st Place: $15,000 (sponsored by MSUFCU): SKOOP
  • 2nd Place: $10,000: Perch
  • 3rd Place: $5,000: Zonder
  • 4th Place: $3,000: Classii
  • 5th Place: $2,000: EMAGE Technologies

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The Burgess New Venture Challenge is part of MSU Innovation & Entrepreneurship Week, April 15–19, celebrating student and faculty startups, research, and innovations. For more information, registration details and more, please visit