Win $10,000 in CCBC Business Plan Competition

Sep 17, 2018

CCBC’s Center for Business Innovation is hosting its Sixth Annual Business Plan Competition this fall and spring and will award seed money totaling $28,500 to the top six finalists.

The first-place winner receives $10,000 and start-up resources. Participants will be matched with local business owners who will serve as mentors; the award winners will work with CCBC’s top business students who will provide support in marketing, sales, website development, accounting, and human resources to help the new entrepreneurs launch their businesses.

College campuses remain fertile grounds for turning big ideas into opportunities for entrepreneurs. Familiar names like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Robert Stephens (Geek Squad), Richard Branson (Virgin Atlantic) and many others started developing their businesses on college campuses. In the Baltimore area, CCBC students and alumni look to the Center for Business Innovation to help them turn their ideas into actual businesses.

The Center for Business Innovation has helped launch 16 new businesses over the last five years, due in part by generous sponsorship. This year’s Business Plan Competition sponsors are: Chick-fil-A®, Philip E. and Carol R. Ratcliffe Foundation Inc., CCBC Business Club, CCBC Alumni Association, and CCBC Foundation.

“It’s exciting to be hosting our sixth competition and giving students and alumni the means to help them turn their ideas into something real," said Dennis Sullivan, executive director of the Center for Business Innovation at CCBC. “Many of our students are interested in launching businesses, but more importantly, we’re teaching an entrepreneurial mindset – a lifelong skill that people can use whether they choose to work for someone else or to be their own business. That’s what is really exciting!”

CCBC students or alumni who would like to participate in the competition can register by visiting The registration deadline is Oct. 5, 2018. Contact Dennis Sullivan at or Angella Kevas at for more information. Business owners who would like to serve as mentors or judges in the competition should also contact Dennis Sullivan.

Tags: Business Innovation, Awards, Partners