The Enterprise Center

Business Plan Competition

The 2014 North of Boston Business Plan Competition is now underway and accepting applications through Friday, February 28, 2014!

FREE ENTRY! Designed to encourage companies to start and grow in Essex County and the Merrimack Valley, The Business Plan Competition has a new, 21st century process! The 25- to 30-page business plan is gone! In its place is a new process that recognizes that the success of a business plan depends equally on the quality of the plan and the people who will execute it. Accordingly, our new process puts greater focus on the ability of participants to communicate their business proposition succinctly and effectively, both in writing and in personal presentation.

Participants compete for cash prizes (1st place: $5000; 2nd place: $3000: 3rd place: $2,000), but of even higher value is the unique opportunity to both meet and gain advice from coaches, and to present business plans to our carefully selected judges – many of whom are are successful business leaders and potential investors. (Check out our winners from the past five years!)

Here is our new process:

2014 New Process See the details of the 2014 Process
Eligibility Criteria Do you qualify to enter? Find out here.
5-Part Application The Application (Which includes the Entry Form, Participant Agreement, Executive Summary, Financials and Video) are due on Friday, February 28, 2014 by 5:00 pm. Click here to complete the Application
Judges Our judges are leaders in the business community, early-stage investors, venture capitalists and bank investors. 2014 judges will be announced soon.
Writing the Executive Summary Read about what should be included in your executive summary. (Coming Soon)
Developing your Financial Documents Learn more about the financial documents you need. (Coming Soon)
Making an Effective Presentation Get some tips on presenting, in person or in a video. (Coming Soon)

Past winners call this competition key to their success. Read our survey:

The Long-Term Impact of Business Plan Competition Success
A Survey of Past North of Boston Business Plan Competition Winners

View photo gallery from the May 6, 2013 finale.

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A BIG Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors

*Denotes companies that had judges represented in the competition

Here are the judges for the 2013 Business Plan Competition.

2013 Judges*denotes competition sponsors

  • Douglas C. Bates, M.S., M.B.A.- Aderit Internet Marketing Consulting
  • Henry Bertolon- Partner, Manor Homes Development LLC
  • Glenn Champagne- DataPoint Ventures
  • C.W. Dick - Managing Director, Ascent Venture Partners
  • K. Brewer Doran – Dean, Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University
  • Tom Dusenberry – Founder & CEO, Dusenberry Entertainment
  • Gordon Hall III, The Hall Company, Inc.
  • Bonnie Henry, CEO, Game Metrix Solutions
  • David W. Ives – CEO, NiiS, Inc.
  • Ben Littauer – Boston Harbor Angels
  • James Kawski, Varian Semiconductor
  • Louise Leduc Kennedy, Founder, West Hill Technology Counsel, Inc.*
  • Robert Millerick, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer, East Boston Savings Bank*
  • Michael H. Shanahan – Managing Partner, Egan-Managed Capital
  • Lars Swanson – President, Swan Capital, LLC
  • Scott Vandersall – Regional Vie President, TD Bank*

2013 Co-Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

*Judge represented by:

Scott Vandersall,

Regional Vice President

*Judge represented by:

Robert Millerick, Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer

Silver Sponsors
*Judge represented by: Louise Leduc Kennedy, Founder
Media Sponsor
128 Innovation Capital Group
Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University
Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Cape Ann Business Incubator
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Creative Economy Association of the North Shore
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
North Shore InnoVentures
North Shore Women in Business
Peabody Chamber of Commerce
Salem Chamber of Commerce
Salem State University Alumni Association
Small Business Development Center at Salem State University