Emerging Market for Green Companies Prominent in DC

As the winner of the WDCEP Business Plan Competition, Skyline Innovations is awarded $150,000 from Enhanced Capital Partners and Advantage Capital Partners:

Skyline Innovations, an energy savings solar company, has emerged as the winner of 2011 Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s (WDCEP) annual Business Plan Competition.  The company, which competed against a pool of stand-out startups and other DC business ventures, was selected by a panel of judges over the course of the last month to receive the $150,000 award: a $100,000 investment made possible through Enhanced Capital Partners and Advantage Capital Partners via the CAPCO program, and $50,000 of in-kind services.

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DC Small Businesses Recognized, Celebrated

EnviRelation was this year’s winner of the Business Plan Competition:

A $100,000 Prize and an inspiring keynote address headlined the 3rd Annual Small Business Awards today sponsored by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP).

Andrew Florance, Founder, Director, President & CEO of CoStar Group, Inc , the soon to be District-based real estate information leader, delivered the program’s stirring keynote address before an audience of 170 business and political leaders.  Florance spoke about the importance of this city as both a place to foster small business and leverage the federal nexus. Florance was introduced by Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos who praised his commitment to DC.

The presenting of the $100,000 Business Plan Competition Prize was the capstone of the morning program as EnviRelation, a local food waste recycling company, took the stage as this year’s winner.  In addition to being eligible for a $100,000 CAPCO investment, EnviRelation will receive $10,000 in pro-bono legal advice from Venable, LLP.  EnviRelation follows in the footsteps of the 2009 Business Plan Competition winner, Affinity Lab, who used the investment to open a second shared work space venture.

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The $100,000 Business Plan Competition Kick-Off Event

On April 6th, Advantage Capital Partners and Enhanced Capital Partners hosted the Business Plan Competition kick-off event in DC:

The Office of the Deputy Mayor and the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) in collaboration with Advantage Capital Partners and Enhanced Capital Partners will kick off its $100,000 Business Plan Competition on April 6 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership’s office located at 1495 F Street, NW.

In its second year, this competition will award $100,000 of investment capital through the District’s Certified Capital Companies (“CAPCO”) Programto one winner.  In addition to the investment capital, the winner will also receive $10,000 worth of legal consultation from Venable LLP. 

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Local Coworking Venture Wins $100,000 Business Plan Competition

The 2010 Business Plan Competition was announced today.  Here are details on last year’s winner:

Adams Morgan based Affinity Lab, a business cowork venture, took first place yesterday in a business plan competition qualifying for $100,000 in investment in a tight four-way competition staged at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP).

“We saw four great presentations yesterday,” says Steve Moore, President and CEO of the WDCEP. “These business concepts were very exciting, but Affinity Lab stood out as the new thing. They capture what is happening now in the incubation of small businesses. Without fail, when they are done telling you what they do, people say ‘I want to be a part of that.'”

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Affinity Lab Wins Premier Plan Business Competition

Enhanced Capital Partners and Advantage Capital Partners, DC CAPCO investment firms, awarded the winner of the PremierPlan business plan competition, Affinity Lab, $100,000:

Enhanced Capital, a national private investment firm participating in the District’s CAPCO program, is happy to announce that Affinity Lab is the winner of the 1st Annual PremierPlan business plan competition. Enhanced Capital, in conjunction with Advantage Capital Partners, awarded Affinity Lab with a $100,000 check at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) 2009 Small Business Awards and PremierPlan Business Plan Competition dinner.

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Frank Ciatto and Joe Walker Participate in DC Economic Partnership Business Plan Competition

The DC CAPCO program funded the DC Economic Partnership’s PremierPlan Business Plan Competition:

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP) recently hosted the PremierPlan Business Plan Competition, a DC-based business competition with a $100,000 venture capital prize. Venable Business Transactions Group attorneys Frank Ciatto and Joe Walker donated extensive time and effort to the success of this project.

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