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 will be announced. 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 Target.com.
  • 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 examiner.com.
  • Grindz products called “cool protective gear for kids” by momtrends.com.
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.