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Participation Agreement

** Please note: ALL principals must read the following agreement and provide their electronic consent on the Participation Agreement section (#5) of the 5-part Application. 

By registering to participate as a competitor in the North of Boston Business Plan Competition, you grant the Enterprise Center and its affiliates and assigns, the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, including but not limited to the World Wide Web, at any time or times, your name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, biographical information, and all other information provided on you registration form as news or information for promotional purposes without additional consideration.

You understand and acknowledge that The Enterprise Center, its board members, officers, sponsors, judges, coaches, and organizers are under no obligation to render any advice or service to you or any other competitor. The views expressed by these people are their own and not those of the North of Boston Business Plan Competition.

As a registered participant, you take sole responsibility for protecting your rights or the rights of third parties in any intellectual property involved in the business described in submitted business plans. You also take sole responsibility for determining whether any third party has rights in any such intellectual property, notifying any such third party of inclusion of any disclosure of that intellectual property in a submitted business plan, and obtaining any necessary permissions from such third party. Further, we caution that disclosure of intellectual property in your submission may compromise or destroy those rights. The Enterprise Center is not responsible for the content of any submitted business plan or protection thereof, including disclosures relating to intellectual property.

You further understand, acknowledge, and agree that although the organizers of the competition will take reasonable steps to preserve the confidentiality to the concepts, ideas, and potential trade secrets contained in materials submitted as part of the competition, none of the board members, officers, sponsors, judges, coaches, and organizers are or will be liable for any loss, damage, or cost you may suffer by reason of the disclosure of these concepts, ideas, or trade secrets, the legal protection of which are your sole responsibility. Accordingly, and in consideration of the time and effort provided by such persons, you release and discharge each such person from any such loss, damage, or cost relating to or arising out of any such person’s participation in the competition.


In addition to cash awards, those winning the business plan competition will be the beneficiaries of an extensive publicity campaign conducted by The Enterprise Center. We’ll announce the semi-finalists and invite the public to the final presentations. In addition, we’ll announce the winners in the Boston media and in all North Shore markets:

In addition to the press releases, we will:

  • Talk with business editors at Boston and local media to write stories about the competition.
  • Use calendar section of newspapers to promote awards night.
  • Email campaigns to our database of fifteen thousand North Shore businesses, SBDC, North Shore Technology Council and more
  • We’ll include promotional and explanatory sheets in major Chamber mailings and those of other key organizations.

All of the sessions of the competition, including but not limited to the oral presentations and any question and answer sessions are open to the public. Any data or information discussed or divulged in public sessions by entrants should be considered information that could enter the public realm and the entrants should not assume any right of confidentiality in any of what is discussed. As a direct result, neither the judges nor the staff or The Enterprise Center will sign any confidentiality agreements.


Note: ALL team members must print their names on the Application form. Each team must agree to this Participant Agreement in their initial entry form to be eligible for the competition.

Questions? Please contact Susan Moulton: (978) 542-7576 or