That’s a lot of 5, but we simply call it 5×5

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

It is not enough to have an idea. You are the one that is pushing it into existence, so be clear about what it takes for the next $ 5,000 step.
Presenting ideas is only part of the night. The second part is at the reception to find out the winner. Have a beer, discuss ideas. That part of the night is the reason we organize the event. Please join us.


5×5 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.


5×5 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 5×5 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.

What’s your big idea?

“Eek! What happens if I share my idea with the world?”
Best case scenario, it changes the world. Worst case scenario, nothing happens. So, see if something happens. Share and learn!

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