PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition announced the winners of its 2012 competition last week at the Rhode Island Business Expo.
The three winners were picked from a group of seven finalists, who were chosen from 75 emerging and would-be entrepreneurs.
Winners and the other finalists will share prizes valued at more than $200,000.
Businesses submitted entries under one of two different tracks. The entrepreneur track was open to any entrepreneur or would-be entrepreneur and the student track was open to any student enrolled in and attending an accredited college or university.
Siren Marine Inc., a Connecticut-based company relocating to Providence, won the technology award. Siren Marine develops waterproof GSM/GPS systems controlled by cell phones.
JumpOffCampus, a free online service for colleges and universities to help their students find safe and affordable near-campus housing, won the entrepreneur track. The company was founded by Mark Abramowicz of Providence.
Overhead.fm, an application that will provide a customizable stream of music by licensing directly from artists and labels, won the student track. The company was co-founded by Stephen Hebson and Parker Wells, seniors at Brown University. •
PBN is now accepting applications for its newest award program and event for RI & Bristol County to celebrate the Manufacturing Renaissance that is evolving regionally and across the country. The deadline for applications is March 20th.
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.