HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition


Who Should Apply

The competition is open to entrepreneurs pursuing proposed and startup businesses. It is also open to existing business owners planning their next level of growth.

  • Proposed Business – A business that is in the planning stage. Founder is planning to start the business within 12 months following the competition
  • Startup Business – Businesses that have been launched/opened, but are still in the process of proving the business model and management.  A company is considered a startup until it demonstrates 6 consecutive months of positive cash flow & profitability.
  • Existing Business – An existing business can range from a small business to a large enterprise. In either case the initial business model has been proven and they are operating for the most part profitably with positive cash-flow. The primary focus of the company is growing the business profitably and adjusting the business model accordingly.
    • Entrants who own a business embarking upon a growth plan;
    • Entrants who own a business that needs a new course of action; or
    • Entrants whose employer needs a new business direction and/or new product line;
    • More Details on Existing Businesses.

Entry Rules

  • Entrants are encouraged (but not required) to work in teams of two or more.  A team can consist of from one to five persons who are actively involved in the business venture during planning, opening and implementation of the business plan/growth plan.
  • Proposed and Startup Entrepreneurs – Class & Workshop – Proposed and Startup team leaders are required to take a Class (see options below) and the 1-day Financial Workshop.
  • Existing Business Owners – Workshop – Existing Business Owners are required to take the 1-day Financial workshop only.
  • HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni – No Prerequisites – The 1-day financial workshop is recommended, but optional.
  • More on the Class & Workshop:
    • Class:   Proposed and Startup Team Entry Requirements – At least one member of each proposed or startup team should complete ONE of the following classes*: either 1) Creating a Successful Business Plan (an abbreviated online continuing education class-takes 3 minutes to sign up, 24 hours of your online time over six weeks); OR 2) Small Business Management – BUSG 2309 (for credit); OR 3) Entrepreneurship & Economic Development – BUSG 1373 (for credit); prior to the competition.  HCC students must be in good academic standing.
    • Financial Workshop – Required for Proposed, Startup and Existing Business Owners* –  A one-day workshop.  Multiple opportunities for this workshop will be offered in January and early February.  Note for HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni, the Financial Workshop is NOT required; it is recommended, but optional.
  • Applicants may take the Financial Workshop after the application period has closed on January 17 but before teams are selected and announced on February 16, provided they have registered for the workshop prior to application submission.
  • Some Proposed and Startup entrepreneurs may apply to take the class concurrently – during the competition – but each applicant will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on the past experience/resume of the applicants.  Those wishing to apply in this manner should sign up and pay for the class, prior to submitting their BPC application.
*Note, Graduates of the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program are NOT required to take the  prerequisite class options.  Your completion of the 10,000 Small Businesses program is considered your prerequisite class 

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2018 Competition Timeline

2017 Winners!

bizcon banner lg Winners 2017-001Stem Cell Security won first place and was awarded $12,000 along with a $2,300 media package from Small Business Today Magazine and Talk Show.

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Second place winner included SpenDebt with an $8,000 prize.  Third Place went to Wanderlust Houston – A Texas Hostel with $4,000 in prize money.  Two $1,000 honorable mention awards went to Accelerated Quality Solutions and Summer Creek Dance Studio.

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2017 Completer Teams: Click Here for Each Team’s Business Idea, Team Lead and BPC Advisors

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2016 Winners   2015 Winners
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  2014 Winners  2013 Winners

BPC Alumni Testimonials and More on Past Winners

Click on each link for more on past winners and for updates on past competition teams:

2018 BPC Training Session Schedule

Newspring conducts five training sessions for contestant teams and their business advisers 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, advisers, Newspring staff and HCC’s BPC related staff. Training Sessions- Five Tuesday Evenings at HCC Spring Branch from January through April.   We also encourage teams to meet individually with their advisers before or immediately following the training sessions.

2017 Records Broken

2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Breaks Three Records!  Records:  Applications –  Teams – Mentors

2017 Training Blog

February & March 2017  Brought Action-Packed Competition Training Sessions to HCC Spring Branch

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Check This BPC Webpage Regularly for Updates

Note that competition dates, rules and requirements are subject to revision.  Therefore, applicants should review rules and requirements again immediately prior to filling out the application.  Contestants accepted into the competition should also check this website regularly throughout the competition to stay updated.  Applicants should also monitor incoming email to the email address you submitted in your application for additional updates.

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. –  Option 1: You have til December 26 to sign up for the class that started on December 13, 2017 and you should finish the class by January 19, 2018. Option 2:  Sign up for the class that starts January 17, 2018 and finish it February 25, 2018.  If there is still time, we recommend you sign up for the December class, because you will complete the class around the time the BPC Application period closes. (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 1/130 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
  • Read Tips for a Strong BPC Application– Read Tips and 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

Downloadable Flyers & More on Competition Advisors

For Downloadable Flyers and for More on the Competition Advisors:

Business Plan Submission Process

2018 Business Plan Submission Process will be posted as Due Date Draws Near

In the meantime, see Business Plan Submission Process – 2017 Competition

2017 Business Plan Submission Process:  Written Plans will be uploaded by using the green link below from April 6 through April 10, 2017 for the 2017 Competition:

  • Plans will only be accepted from contestant teams who were accepted into the 2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition in January 2017.  Those contestants taking the required class concurrently should also be actively participating and engaged in the class or have completed it if it has ended.
  • Plans must be submitted by 11:55 pm April 10, 2017.
  • CLICKABLE LINK – Online Submission Form to Submit Written Plan for 2017 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition  
  • READ To Ensure Your Submission is Successful  When your online submission is accepted, our system will send an automatic acknowledgement email to the email address you input into the form. If your business plan is successfully attached to this email, then the HCC Newspring BPC has also received your submitted plan.   If your full business plan is not attached to this acknowledgement email, then you should submit again using the online link above until your acknowledgement email does include your full business plan as an attachment or attachments.  
    We recommend documents less than 5MB.  Although our system might accept a larger file, our use of your submitted file for internal reviewing requires files of 5MB.  If you must split your plan into more than one file, for example, Appendix is a separate file, that is acceptable. 
  • We will contact you at the email address you input into the submission form if we have questions or wish to speak with you regarding the documents we have received.

For more information about the competition, e-mail c4e@hccs.edu or call (713) 718-6650.