New York Business Plan Competition this weekend offers virtual workshops, mentor matching and cash awards for student startups

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Step up your entrepreneurial game this Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 at the New York Business Plan Competition conference and awards ceremony. Nine Syracuse University teams made it to the main stage for the finals, but there are several ways all student startups from across New York State can get involved this weekend and make top-notch connections.

Here is the agenda for Friday, May 22:
8 a.m. – 1 p.m. – NYBPC mentorship
1 p.m – 3 p.m. – Workshops
3 p.m. – NYBPC Finals Presentation
4:30 p.m. – Winners Announced
5 p.m. – Structured Networking

Here is the agenda for Saturday, May 23:
8 a.m. – 8 p.m. – NYBPC mentorship

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Here’s are some free ways to engage with top startups, investors, industry experts and mentors from across NYS.

Learn from the best:
Register here for NYBPC workshops from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. featuring entrepreneurs and business leaders from a variety of industries and specialties. You can listen, interact, and learn from panelists. Learn more about the workshops and speakers here. Free tickets are available, and you can attend for free when you register here. Topics include:
• Supporting a Medtech Startup
• How to Launch a Drone Startup
• The Power of Customer Discovery: An I-Corps Program Discussion
• Building a Product-Based Start-up
• Finding the Right Incubator
• Raising Venture Capital
• Leveraging America’s Seed Fund: Using the SBIR and STTR Programs

Sign up for one-on-one mentor matching: Networking facilitated by matchmaking software will match you with people who share your interests. You’ll meet business professionals, investors, and mentors who want to meet you! We’re helping you make meaningful connections at New York Business Plan Competition by facilitating connections with people who are currently doing what you want to do. Register here.

Celebrate the winners: Across 50+ colleges and universities all over New York, professors coach, program directors advise, and business leaders mentor students around innovative solutions to all kinds of challenges. See who will win after over 500 students statewide competed for a chance to be in the finals. Eighty-eight teams moved on to the finals and now only six first-place winners and one grand prize winner are left. Awards announcements are 3 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Register to watch here.

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars at Syracuse University is proud to be an event sponsor, and to have hosted the Compete CNY regional qualifier for the state plan. Of the 88 teams that made it to the finals, 9 are from Syracuse University, one from LeMoyne and one from Colgate in Central New York. They include:

Technology and Entertainment
• Amabassadoor, Bruno Gonzalez Hauger (’21 Whitman), Syracuse University
• Girl Power, Nancy Wang (’20 Whitman), Syracuse University

Consumer Products and Services
• FSCL, Sam Hollander (’23 Whitman), Syracuse University
• Finger Lakes Drone Services, Luke Didion, LeMoyne College

Energy and the Environment
• EcoBamboo Living, Justin Diaz (’23 Engineering and Computer Science), Syracuse University
• CLOVO, Megan Martis, Colgate University

Health and Well Being
• Visos, Matt Shumer (’22 Whitman), Syracuse University
• PAANI, Nikita Chatterjee (’20 Maxwell) and Brianna Howard (’20 Falk), Syracuse University

Military and First Responders:
• Youth Government Services, Daniel McMurray (’19 and G ’20 Maxwell), Syracuse University