The StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs was founded in 2003 by Rockville Economic Development Inc. (REDI) to encourage and support women’s entrepreneurship.
StartRight! awards more than $15,000 in prizes for winning business plans, with a top prize of $5,000!
To qualify, the business must be at least 51% women owned, less than 3 years old, and located in Maryland, D.C. or Virginia.
The women who join our competition receive more than the opportunity to win a cash prize – they also receive valuable coaching and feedback on their business plan! See our list of past winners.
The 2014 winners were anounced and awarded at The Power Conference on August 28 at the Montgomery County Conference Center/Bethesda N. Marriott Hotel, Rockville, Maryland.
This year’s $5000 grand prize winner was Haiwen Ding of ICOW.
ICOW is a direct online channel to help Chinese students to apply for higher education in the U.S. via a web application that helps Chinese students to create English resumes.
We also awarded three $2500 prizes to:
-Joy Andrews, Rachel Brumberger and Samantha Dublin of Third Space Wellness Center.
Third Space Wellness is a conduit of wellness and of fostering community by delivering acupuncture, massage, yoga, running club, nutrition classes, wellness education and more.
-Brenda Stephens of Sunflower Health and Wellness.
Sunflower Health and Wellness is a health care center that will serve the needs of adolescents and adults with an emphasis on primary care and weight loss management through the professional services of a Family Nurse Practitioner.
-Megan Riggs of Dance 4 Life & Health.
Dance 4 Life & Health will offer exercise classes to help senior citizens to improve and maintain their fitness levels while providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for participants who may be wheelchair bound or unable to stand for the length of a traditional fitness class. They will also have classes to help children develop healthy exercise and eating habits.
Megan also won the Capital Business Journal “Pick the Pitch” competition.
Contact our office for more information: 301-315-8096.
View a sample business plan outline on our Resources Page which provides additional information on writing a business plan.
Click here to enter the 2014 StartRight! Business Plan Competition for Women.
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