News & Events

Throughout the 2017 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition a number of free public events are being held to help applicants and potential applicants prepare to do their best. 

Date Event Description
Oct. 6, 2016
Kick-Off of 2017 Competition
Previous competitors told how they won. Read more»
Nov. 15, 2016
Rhode Island Elevator Pitch Contest
Nearly three dozen people pitched their idea to a panel of judges – and got immediate feedback. Read more»
Dec. 6, 2016
Workshop: Business Resource Briefing
Attendees learned of the many resources available in Rhode Island to help entrepreneurs build their business. Read more»
Jan. 12, 2017
Workshop: Going from Idea to Business
Business experts shared insights on how to turn an idea into a business. Read more»
Feb. 21, 2017 Workshop: Writing Your Business Plan
A veteran investor and business builder provided pointed advice on how to develop a business plan that will capture attention of investors. Read more»
March 9, 2017
Workshop: Presenting to Investors
A panel of investors offered tips and insights on how best to present to investors. Read more»
May 16, 2017 Awards Ceremony
This year's winners were announced at a public ceremony. Read more»

Bizplan Competition Alumni News

Response Technologies
2016 Entrepreneur Track Winner 

  • Won $1.5 million award from the Department of Defense to reduce the total ownership costs of crash worthy fuel tanks.

Mighty Well2016 Student Track Winner

  • Won $250,000 in Babson Breakaway Challenge, to help scale the business in Rhode Island.
  • Now manufacturing with Pyramid Case Co in Olneyville.
Newport Biodiesel -- 2010 Green Track Winner -- Now a Competition sponsor!

  • Employing 35, and growing rapidly.
  • Now helping 3,000+ New England kitchens manage their cooking oil.
  • Producing and selling millions of gallons of biodiesel, derived from used cooking oil, annually.
Siren Marine2012 Technology Award Winner

  • Sold more than 1,000 boat monitoring and tracking systems to date.
  • Raised $1.5 million in seed funding for development of next-generation products.
  • Signed deal with Vodafone to be Siren’s global cellular provider.
  • Launching 2nd Generation products in Q2, 2017.
ShapeUp2007 Student Track Winner – Now a Competition sponsor!
  • Acquired in February 2016 by Virgin Pulse, part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group.
  • Founder Rajiv Kumar is now president and chief medical officer of the Virgin Pulse Institute.
  • Opened a downtown Boston office in 2015, complementing its San Francisco office that opened in 2014.
  • Client base now exceeds 600 organizations, including eight of the Fortune 50.

Social Enterprise Greenhouse2012 Entrepreneur Track Finalist – Now a Competition sponsor!

  • Launched its First Food accelerator in February 2016.
  • Introduced its sixth cohort of Impact Accelerator program participants.
  • Cited as a key element in helping to make Providence a top startup market in the U.S.
StormTree2014 Entrepreneur Track Finalist Now a Competition sponsor!

  • Now selling nationally – California, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan.
  • Became an SBA-certified, woman-owned small business.

Maternova2011 Entrepreneur Track Finalist

  • Partnering with a team in Brazil to run a trial of the CRADLE vital signs monitoring device.
  • Partnering with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation to introduce the Pratt Pouch to 40,000 HIV-positive mothers in Uganda.
  • Sending thousands of rapid schistosomiasis test kits to the Philippines to equip a Brown University team.
  • Partnering with a major humanitarian organization and sending thousands of rapid dengue test kits to their teams for the first time.
CompNet Insurance Solutions2014 Entrepreneur Track Winner – Now a Competition sponsor!

  • Since officially launching in November 2014, CompNet has passed the $1,000,000 premium mark.
  • Launched a marketing partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
  • Signed two new channel partners: Connected Health, Chicago and CieloStar Minnesota, providing access to an additional 200,000 businesses.
HMSolution2015 Entrepreneur Track Winner

  • Secured $97K investment from Slater Technology Fund and Venture Well.
  • Tested its third-generation product with naturally occurring arsenic-tainted water collected from a potential field test site.
  • Lined up three water solution provider companies to perform a pilot project in Chile.
Premama2011 Student Track Winner
  • Closed on a $1.4M Series A investment round led by Cherrystone Angel Group – Oct 2015.
  • Launched into 2500 CVS stores nationwide in June 2015.Recently introduced two new products, one for fertility and one for lactation. All four products sell at CVS, Amazon, and
  • Will launch nationwide into GNC in Q4 of 2015.
NuLabel Technologies2009 Student Track Semi-finalist

  • Developed national partner network
  • Named a "Rising Star" by SBANE
  • Raised more than $5 million from investors
Splitwise2012 Entrepreneur Track Finalist

  • Named one of Top 100 Free Finance Apps on both iPhone and Android.
  • Launched a Spanish translation of its product.
  • Hired its seventh full-time employee.
Zapdot2007 Student Track Finalist

  • Hired two full time employees this year.
  • Collaborating with Pleasant Dreams, a Dutch game designer, that took the company to conferences, including PAX East in Boston, Boston FIG, PAX Prime in Seattle, and IndieCade in Los Angeles.

American Ecotech2011 Green Winner

  • Completed developing the nation’s most advanced truly mobile 4WD air pollution monitoring vehicle.
  • Working on developing the world’s first environmental testing chamber that is able to mimic any ambient air environment and integrates references sensors in order to test small sensor technologies accurately.
  • Developed the first versatile data acquisition technologies deemed suitable for networking ambient air monitoring applications under $2,000.
Aten Energy Conservation2010 Green Semi-finalist

  • Since competing in 2010, Aten Energy Conservation has worked on more than 1,000 Rhode Island homes to make them more energy efficient.
  • Won U.S. Department of Energy and the US Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR ‘Century Club Award’
  • Purchased a 7,200-square-foot facility moved operations to Pawtucket.
BioIntraface2009 Entrepreneur Track  Winner

  • Co-developed a medical device applicator for dispensing its coating technology to create a liquid wound dressing to combat infection.
The Compost Plant2015 Entrepreneur Track Finalist

  • Now serving as Rhode Island's first full-service commercial composting facility.

Dear Kate2009 Student Track Finalist

  • Was the focus of a high profile article in The New Yorker that detailed the ins and outs of doing photo shoots for women’s underwear.
Farsounder2002 Entrepreneur Track Winner

  • Authored an article on forward-looking sonar for Sea Technology.
  • Received a 2015 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Grindz2014 Entrepreneur Track Semi-finalist

  • Signed a partnership/branding deal with Strider Sports International, Inc., the world’s premier manufacturer and marketer of efficient, no-pedal balance bikes for all ages and abilities.
  • Grindz’s protective pants named “a must have for anyone with active children” by
  • Grindz products called “cool protective gear for kids” by
Haverhill Incorporated2013 Entrepreneur Track Winner

  • Successfully raised funds via a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year to develop its 2015 fine jewelry collection.
  • Co-founders Haverhill Leach and Alison Cariati lauded for their business model in ltd blog.
Date Event
April 3, 2017 Applications due by 5 pm, Eastern time (U.S.)
April 10, 2017 Semi-finalists notified
April 18, 2017 Complete plans due from semi-finalists by noon
April 26, 2017 Semi-finalists make 5-minute presentation to judges; finalists selected
May 3, 2017 Finalists make 25-minute presentation to judges 
May 16, 2017 Awards Ceremony where all finalists present and winners are announced. Details.