Five Votes, Five Ideas, Five Minutes, Five Judges, Five Thousand Dollars

That’s a lot of 5’s, but we just call it 5x5

There is no restriction on the type of idea a creator can submit, but it’s important to remember this is about moving an idea forward. The community votes on the ideas that will be presented at the event. The selected creators explain a $5,000 step that will move the idea forward, and will meet people who can help.

Just having an idea is not enough. You are the one pushing it into existence, so be clear about what’s needed for that next $5,000 step.

Presenting the ideas is only part of the night. Part two is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a beer, talk about ideas. That part of the evening is the whole reason we put on the event. Please join us.


5x5 Night takes place once a month. Doors open at 5:00PM. Presentations start at 5:30PM. All votes and applications are due one week prior to the event.


5x5 Night Hits The Road: we've got  a calendar full of events spanning the West Michigan region. After presentations, drinks, socializing and announcing the night’s winner happen at the venue. The bar opens at 5:00. Presentations begin at 5:30pm. 


Any individual. Any idea. Five applicants are chosen to present each month based on popular vote. You must be at least 18 years old and an individual (not an organization).


Any individual from the community. 


Judges are members of 5x5 Night and a represenation of the region's small business, enterprise, non-profit, civic leadership and creatives. Reach out to learn about becoming a member and judging at the events. Judges are announced each month, a week before voting ends.


An idea is a seed. Sharing it is putting it in the ground. Hiding it is putting it in a drawer.

So, share your idea.