Regional Business Plan Competition
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The 4th Annual Regional Business Plan Competition (RBPC) is a tournament of champions amongst the winners of local collegiate business plan competitions. Contestants represent respective schools including Aquinas, Calvin, Cornerstone, Davenport, Grand Valley, and Hope: member schools of the West Michigan Colleges and Universities Group.

Bill Holsinger Robinson

Bill Holsinger-Robinson, Principal at B H R Consulting and former President of Pomegranate Studios -- the organization responsible for launching ArtPrize -- will give the keynote address on April 10. Bill's involvement in the West Michigan entrepreneurial community has most recently been defined by his involvement with HUB Grand Rapids, an entrepreneurial resource epicenter in downtown Grand Rapids.


Join Us Next Year!

Spring 2014

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View the 2013 Panel of Judges

View the 2013 Student Finalists


For the Competitors


  • 12 p.m. March 27th, 2013
    Finalists to Submit Written Business Plans
  • 12 p.m. April 9th, 2013
    Judges Review and Feedback Sheets Due
  • 12 p.m. April 9th, 2013
    Final PowerPoint Business Plan Presentations Due
  • 6 p.m. April 10th, 2013
    Oral Presentation of Business Plan & Awards Ceremony


**Stop by the Center for Entrepreneurship
and Innovation at Grand Valley State University for assistance or information.



2010 GVSU Business Plan Competition Finalists

The mission of this program is to encourage undergraduate entrepreneurs to develop and grow a startup company. Each school provides a unique forum where students learn the skills necessary to launch a profitable venture in today’s demanding environment.

Undergraduate students will submit a written business plan and present a 10-minute pitch about their innovative venture. Winners can earn seed capital and in-kind gifts designed to bring the startup company's product or service to market.

View the photo blog here.

Read the Grand Rapids Press article here.

Read the MLive article here.

Read the MITechNews press release here.


Previous Winners


2013 RBPC Winners

  1. $3,000-John DeAngelis
    Waste Coatings LLC, Aquinas College
  2. $1,500-Ulandra Reynolds
    All Things Weaved, Grand Valley
  3. $1,000-Marissa DeBoer
    Drawn Back to Life, Calvin College
  4. $250-People's Choice
    Jonathan Bobnar, Hart-Line Innovations,
    Cornerstone University
2012 RBPC Winners
  1. $3,000-Miles Smith
    BAHRS, Grand Valley
  2. $1,500-Scott Brandonsio
    CS Productions, Hope College
  3. $1,000-Jonathan Borak & Josiah Gamroth
    Innovative Solar Technologies, Calvin College
  4. $250-People's Choice
    Miles Smith, BAHRS, Grand Valley



2011 RBPC Winners

  1. $3,000-Kelly LeCoy
    Uptown Kitchen, Calvin College
  2. $1,500-Luke Richard
    G.R. Greens, Grand Valley
  3. $1,000-Tom Olson & Chris Skurka
    Bio Clay, Aquinas College

2010 RBPC Winners

  1. $3,000-Jessica Hajost, GRCC
  2. $1,500-Calvin Beeke & Gar Allison,
    Davenport University
  3. $1,000-Brett Little, Nick Piedmonte, Pete Reno & Heather Bryant, Aquinas College


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