HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition

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Entry Rules

  • Entrants are encouraged (but not required) to work in teams of two or more.
  • At least one member of each team should complete either 1) Small Business Management – BUSG 2309 (for credit); or 2) Entrepreneurship & Economic Development – BUSG 1307 (for credit) ; or 3) Creating a Successful Business Plan (an HCC online continuing education class) prior to the competition.  HCC students must be in good academic standing.
  • Owners of existing businesses and those with prior entrepreneurial experience may apply to take the class concurrently – during the competition – but each applicant will  be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Those wishing to apply in this manner should sign up and pay for the class, prior to submitting their BPC application.  Click here to sign up for a class.
  • Graduates of the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program may also apply for the competition and are NOT required to take a prerequisite class.  Your completion of the 10,000 Small Businesses program is considered your prerequisite class.  

Who Should Apply

  • Start-Ups – Entrants who want to turn their business idea into a serious business;
  • Exiting Businesses
    • 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.

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2017 Competition Timeline


  • Judges 2014November 16, 2016– HCC Begins Accepting Applications
  • January 18, 2017 – Application Deadline (11:59pm)
  • April 10, 2017 – Submission Deadline for 2016 Business Plans – Online Submission Period:  April 3- April 10, 11:59 pm.  For link to submit and guidelines, scroll down this page.
  • April 27, 2017 – Finalists present business plans to judges
  • May 2, 2017 – Winners announced and awards presented – 4pm-6pm, Trini Mendenhall Community Center, 1414 Wirt Rd.  2016 Awards Ceremony

2016 Winners!

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TCC Learning 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 winners included Energy Fundz with an $8,000 prize.  There was a tie for third place for the first time in the competition’s history with $2,500 being awarded to Ole Noe and another $2,500 to Twice Media Productions.  A $1,000 honorable mention was also awarded to True You Makeovers.

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2016 Completer Teams: Click Here for Each Team’s Business Idea, Team Lead and BPC Advisors


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Five Teams Won Prize Money – 2015   2015 In-Kind Prize Winners
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BPC Alumni Testimonials and More on Past Winners

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

2017 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 March.   We also encourage teams to meet individually with their advisers before or immediately following the training sessions.

  • Session 1:  February  7, 2017
  • Session 2:  February 21, 2017
  • Session 3:  February 28, 2017
  • Session 4:  March 7, 2017
  • Spring Break:  March 13 – 17, 2017  – Campus Closed
  • Session 5: March 21, 2017 (Plans due April 10)
  • Sessions 1, 3 & 4 – 1.5 hours, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
  • Sessions 2 & 5  – 2.0 hours, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
  • Directions To HCC Spring Branch Campus
  • Main Building Site Plan  Room 115 – Eagle Room – Middle of Main Building

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    2016 Records Broken

    2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition Breaks Three Records!  Records:  Applications –  Teams – Mentors

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    2016 Training Blog

    February & March 2016  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.


Review of Application Process for Entering the 2016 Competition-Preview of 2017 Process


Prior to filling out the online application, the applicants should:

  • Read the Contestant Requirements
  • Read the Competition Rules
  • Prerequisite– Requirement of prerequisite class OR graduation from the HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program:
  • 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 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.
  • 2017 Application Deadline – January 18, 2017, 11:59pm
  • 2017 HCC Newspring BPC Application – Online Submission Form

Downloadable Flyers & More on Competition Advisors

For Downloadable Flyers and for More on the Competition Advisors:

Review of 2016 Business Plan Submission Process-Preview of 2017

Written Plans will be uploaded by using a link that will be provided below from April 3 through April 10, 2017 for the 2017 Competition.  Presently, a link is provided to review the form used for the 2016 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.  Additionally, plans will only be accepted by contestant teams that achieved perfect attendance at all five competition training sessions in February and March.
  • Plans must be submitted by 11:59 pm April 10, 2017.
  • Online Submission Form to Submit Written Plan for 2016 HCC Newspring Business Plan Competition  

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