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2015 North of Boston Business Plan Competition

2016 North of Boston Business Plan Competition

We are in the planning stages for the upcoming 2016 competition.  Details to be published in September!

Far From the Tree, LLC Takes First Place in 2015!

First place in this year’s competition goes to Far From The Tree, LLC, a company that produces hard (alcoholic) cider in Salem, MA. Far From the Tree is committed to using natural, locally sourced ingredients in all their products, while adhering to traditional cider making methods that go back hundreds of years.

Congratulations also go to second place winner Insomnisolv, a company that is developing a proprietary wearable device which helps insomnia without taking drugs and instead uses rhythmic stimulation. Insomnisolv was awarded $5000.

Third place and $3000 was given to Bonaloop, a business that connects residents with local students to complete odd jobs using web and app technology.

Congratulations to the following companies for making it to the Finals!

  • Bonaloop is a Beverly company connecting residents with local students to complete odd jobs using web and app technology.
  • Far From The Tree produces hard (alcoholic) cider in Salem, MA, using natural, locally sourced ingredients and traditional cider making methods.
  • InsomniSolv, Inc. is based in Beverly and is developing a proprietary wearable medical device that helps people sleep without taking drugs.

About the competition: If you have a business idea, a company less than three years old or an established business with a new strategic direction located on the North Shore consider entering our annual competition.

Entering the competition is a win/win proposition.  You need visibility, funding and the feedback and advice of regional business leaders.  We want to fuel regional economic development by identifying and encouraging businesses to start, stay, and grow north of Boston.

This is an important competition for the regional business community and a great opportunity for new entrepreneurs or young start-ups.  Now in its 11th year, the BPC has provided the impetus for many companies—not just the winners—to craft an effective strategy and obtain the critical support they needed to move forward successfully.

If you have a business idea, a company less than three years old or an established business with a new strategic direction, enter the BPC. You stand to win:

  • Cash prizes – $10,000 for first place! Second place, $5,000. Third place, $3.000
  • Advice – Valuable feedback and suggestions. Judges are experienced entrepreneurs, business owners and leaders and capital investors.
  • Focus – Entering the BPC can provide the discipline and focus you need to develop and fine-tune a winning business strategy.

Key Dates

Friday, January 23rd Competition Training Session, taught by Margaret Somer, Small Business Development Center. , 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the Enterprise Center. Click here to register!
Extended Deadline Date: Friday, February 27th no later than 5:00 p.m. Application Deadline: All materials must be submitted NO LATER than  5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27th. 
Thursday, March 19th Semi-finalists announced
Wednesday, March 25th, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.  & Thursday March 26th, 12:00 – 4:30 p.m. Semi-finalist presentation coaching session
Wednesday, April 1st Judges interview semi-finalists
Thursday, April 2nd Finalists announced
Monday, April 13th, 12:00-4:00 p.m. Finalists presentation coaching session
Thursday, April 16th, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Finalists present to judges at Grand Finale between 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Recital Hall located on the Central Campus at SSU.
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BPC Co-Sponsors:

128 Innovation Capital Group
Amesbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Bertolon School of Business, Salem State University
Cape Ann Business Incubator
Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
Creative Economy Association of the North Shore
E for All
Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce
Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce
Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce
Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce
Ipswich Chamber of Commerce
Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce
Marblehead Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce
Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
Merrimack Valley Small Business Center
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
North Shore InnoVentures
North Shore Latino Business Association
Peabody Chamber of Commerce
Salem Chamber of Commerce
Salem State University Alumni Association
Small Business Development Center at Salem State University
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development

 

Questions? Please contact Will Neely: (978) 542-2021 or wneely@enterprisectr.org