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.
|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
|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 Well – 2016 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.
-- 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.
– 2012 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.
– 2007 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 Greenhouse – 2012 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.
– 2014 Entrepreneur Track Finalist – Now a Competition sponsor
- Now selling nationally – California, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan.
- Became an SBA-certified, woman-owned small business.
Maternova – 2011 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
CompNet Insurance Solutions
- 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.
– 2014 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.
– 2015 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.
– 2011 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 Target.com.
- Will launch nationwide into GNC in Q4 of 2015.
– 2009 Student Track Semi-finalist
- Developed national partner network
- Named a "Rising Star" by SBANE
- Raised more than $5 million from investors
– 2012 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.
– 2007 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 Ecotech – 2011 Green Winner
- Completed developing the nation’s most advanced truly mobile 4WD air pollution monitoring vehicle.
Aten Energy Conservation
- 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.
– 2010 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.
– 2009 Entrepreneur Track Winner
The Compost Plant
- Co-developed a medical device applicator for dispensing its coating technology to create a liquid wound dressing to combat infection.
– 2015 Entrepreneur Track Finalist
- Now serving as Rhode Island's first full-service commercial composting facility.
Dear Kate – 2009 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.
– 2002 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.
Grindz – 2014 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 examiner.com.
- Grindz products called “cool protective gear for kids” by momtrends.com.
– 2013 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.
|April 3, 2017
||Applications due by 5 pm, Eastern time (U.S.)
|April 10, 2017
|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.