Liftoff Houston

2016 Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition!

The City of Houston and Capital One Bank are hosting the fourth year of the Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition: a program that is launching new businesses today, for a better Houston tomorrow!

The Liftoff Houston Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage Houstonians to achieve the goal of business ownership while contributing to the local growth and sustainability of the Houston economy.

To successfully research, develop and present the business plan, participants are required to have an HPL MY Link Library Card, attend workshops offered by industry experts, ranging in topics from business plan basics to presenting plans to financial institutions, and attend information sessions to learn about the vast resources available to support new business startups through the Library and City of Houston's Office of Business Opportunity.

Capital One Bank is providing cash prizes totaling $30,000 to the top three winning business plan submissions in the categories of Product, Service and Innovation. Prizes of $10,000 will be awarded for each category.

The application process officially closed on Monday, June 20, 2016. To learn about the competition or application process, visit Liftoff Houston's website or call 832-393-0954.

Press Release: City of Houston Announces "Liftoff Houston" 2016 Business Competition


Saturday, November 5, 2016 | 10 AM – 2:30 PM
Julia Ideson Building | Auditorium
550 McKinney St., 77002

We invite the community to hear pitches from the top finalists and also be present as we announce the winners of this year’s business plan competition. Business resource information will be on hand for those interested in starting their own business or growing their current business.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us!

Paid parking is available at the Central Library garage (entrance is on the Lamar side).

NEW FAN FAVORITE AWARD! Tune in live and vote for your favorite pitch at and

2014 Winner for the "Service" Category

Jasmin Augustin, one of the winners of the 2014 Liftoff Houston competition, talks about her experience with the competition and her business idea that won last year's award for the "Service" category.

Liftoff Houston 2013 Recap

More information

Liftoff Houston | Email | Telephone: 832-393-0954

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