When bplan comps first appeared they were student led initiatives. At some point they became more corporate oriented, with law firms, vcs, angels, and bankers taking a role. Then came policy makers (Govs/Ec Dev Offices) and media companies. In that last category — Forbes is back with its 2nd annual 100K Boost Your Business Contest. Entries will be taken until May 31st.
The first round is tough in that it asks for 500 words. So, you better be a pretty good writer, or find one, if you are going to get outta that first round. Here are the submission instructions. Here is a video with Forbes.com Entrepreneur Editor Brett Nelson.