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 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

  • 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.


2015 Competition TimelineJudges 2014

Thanks to our 2015 Competition Partners and Sponsors!


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Five Teams Won Prize Money – 2015   2015 In-Kind Prize Winners
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  2014 Winners  2013 Winners

2015 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.

  • 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

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Check This BPC Webpage Regularly for Updates

The 2015 Competition Ended on April 28, 2015.  Check back in Fall 2015 for updates regarding the next competition.

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.

Application Process for Entering the 2015 Competition

Prior to filling out the online application, you should:

  • Read the Contestant Requirements
  • Read the Competition Rules
  • Requirement of Small Business Management Class OR Graduation from  HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program
      • Have Student ID number for HCC Student Team Leader who has taken the Small Business Management class (BUSG 2309 or BUSG 2009).
      • HCC Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduates can submit COHORT Number instead of  Student Number.
      • If you still need to take the class, Register Now.
      • IMPORTANT UPDATE as of 1/20/15 for those signing up for the Spring 2015 Class, including textbook information.
  • 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.
  • BPC Application Deadline Extension-January 26, 11:59pm
  • 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.
  • 2015 HCC Newspring BPC Application – Online Submission Form 

Downloadable Flyers & More on Competition Advisers

For Downloadable Flyers and for More on the Competition Advisers:

BPC Alumni Testimonials and More on Past Winners



2015 Business Plan Submission

Written Plans will be uploaded by using the link provided below:


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