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Application Period-HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition

January 1 - January 17


For Proposed, Startup and Existing Entrepreneurs

$30,000 in Cash and In-Kind Prizes Awarded!

2017 BPC Training Banner #1Even more valuable, free mentoring and training

from late February through April

for every contestant

accepted into the competition! 

Plans Due May 7.

2017 BPC 1-on1 Mentoring Stem CellEach accepted contestant gets five free Tuesday Evening Training Sessions (from February through April) and two mentors to give you feedback on your business assumptions as you prepare to submit your launch and/or growth plan on May 7.   This is an outstanding opportunity to refine, polish and strengthen your plan to start and/or grow your business!

Are You Qualified to Apply?

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Apply January 1-17. 

We encourage you to apply early within the application period!

To Review Online Application Scroll Down.

2018 Application Process

2018 Application Process – Prior to filling out the online application, proposed, startup and existing entrepreneurs should precede as follows:

  • Proposed & Startup* Entrepreneurs3 Steps: Workshop, Quick online class, Apply
  • Existing Entrepreneurs2 Steps: Workshop and Apply
  • 10,000 Small Business Alumni1 Step: Apply!  No prerequisites!
  • * Note, you are considered a startup entrepreneur if  your existing business has not yet achieved 6 straight months of net profit.
    • Class – Creating a Successful Business Plan – If you still need the Class, you currently have two options to take this quick online class that takes 24 hours of your time spread out over six weeks.  Sign up for the class that starts January 17, 2018 and finish it February 25, 2018. (Click here to sign up for an upcoming class in three minutes. Cost $109)
    •  Financial Workshop For Small Business Launch and Growth – Choose and sign up for the day that is best for you Click here to choose and sign up for one financial workshop on either Saturday 1/20, Tuesday 1/30 or Saturday 2/10Be sure to sign up for the financial workshop prior to submitting your BPC Application (January 1-17), and then attend the workshop on the date you registered for it.
    • In the application, college credit students provide Student Number; 10ksb grads, can provide COHORT Number instead of  Student Number.  Creating a Successful Business Plan Class students can input Confirmation Code instead of student number.

Apply January 1- January 17, 2018 – Submitting Your Application: 

  • Resumes – Have electronic resumes for EACH team member ready to attach.  Upload each resume in a pdf file or word.doc file when prompted in the online application.
  • Read the Contestant Requirements
  • Read the Competition Rules
  • Tips for a Strong BPC Application – We recommend you get started on your answers to the on-line application by first typing them into a word.doc and saving it, so you can better write and prepare your answers before cutting and pasting into the on-line submission form, and so you will have a copy of your answers.
  • 2018 Application Deadline – January 17, 2018, 11:55pm.  We also recommend you apply early, because we will be choosing the 25 teams for the 2018 competition throughout January up through and after the application deadline until all teams have been notified by February 16, 2018.
  • 2018 HCC Newspring BPC Application – Online Submission Form

bizcon banner lg Winners 2017-001

The greatest prize is moving through the competition’s free mentoring training, but you could win prize money too!
2017 Prizes: $12,000 1st Place, $8,000 2nd place, $4,000 First Place, $1,000 Honorable Mentions.


January 1
January 17