Newspring Business Plan Competition

Entry Rules

  • Entrants are encouraged (but not required) to work in teams of two or more
  • At least one member of each team must complete BUSG 2309 (for credit) or BUSG 2009 (continuing education)  prior to the competition.  HCC students must be in good academic standing.  (Owners of existing businesses may apply  to take the class concurrently- during the competition- but each applicant will  be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Graduates of HCC’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program may also apply for the competition and are not required to take BUSG 2309/BUSG 2009. Your completion of the 10,000 Small Businesses program is considered your prerequisite class.

Who Should Apply

  • Entrants who want to turn their business idea into a serious business;
  • Entrants who are in a business that needs a new course of action; or
  • Entrants whose employer needs a new business direction and/or new product line.

Timeline for the 2015 Competition Coming Soon!

  • In the meantime, take a look at the 2014 Competition Dates to better understand the competition structure and timing.

Timeline for the 2014 Newspring  Business Plan Competition

  • November 18, 2013– Enrollment begins*
  • January 21, 2014 – Enrollment deadline*
  • April 3, 2014 – Submission deadline for business plan
  • April 24, 2014 – Finalists present business plans to judges
  • April 28, 2014 – Winners announced and awards presented – Monday

BPC Training Session Schedule

Newspring conducts five training sessions for contestant teams and their business advisors about the required focus and planning to write their business plans and move effectively through the competition. These are closed sessions open only to contestants, advisors, Newspring staff and HCC’s BPC related staff.

Training Sessions-5  Tuesday Evenings at HCC Spring Branch:  There will be five training sessions at HCC Spring Branch from January through March.  We also encourage teams to meet individually with their advisers following the training sessions.

Session Dates & Topics

  • February 4th, Session 1
  • February 11th, Session 2
  • February 25th, Session 3
  • March 4th,  Session 4
  • March 25th, Session 5 (Plans due April 3rd) (2 hour session) (Eagle Room, 115) (note: Spring Break is the week of March 17-March 21)

Session Times

Sessions 1, 3 & 4 are 1.5 hour sessions from 6:30pm-8:00pm.

Sessions 2 & 5 are 2.0 hour sessions from 6:30p-8:30pm.

**Note there will be an additional Financial Workshop on Saturday March 2, 2013 from 9am-4pm for those contestants needing additional work in this area.  There will be a nominal fee of $30 for this workshop.

Enter the 2014 Newspring Business Plan Competition

Be sure to read the Contestant Requirements and Competition Rules BEFORE completing the On-Line Application. Be prepared to attach electronic copies of each team member’s resume, because you MUST provide resumes for each team member. Be prepared to provide an HCC student number for at least one team member who is or has been registered for the required class.

Prior to filling out the online application, you should:

Business Plan Submission

2014 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Business Plans – Start-ups and Existing Businesses

  • Plans will only be accepted from contestant teams that were accepted into the 2014 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition in January 2014.
  • Plans must be submitted by 11:59 pm April 3, 2014.
  • Click here for the on-line form to submit team information and to upload plan:   Submit Written Plan for 2014 HCC Newpring BPC.

Past BPC Winners

For more information about the competition, e-mail or call (713) 718-6650.