Applications close March 19 for the Panasci Business Plan Competition

2020 Panasci competition winners, David Fox and Nick Barba, co-founders of Smarta

Did you apply yet to The Panasci Business Plan Competition?   Applications close March 19 for the Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship annual competition for students at Syracuse University and SUNY-ESF.  Applicants will write and submit a business plan for the chance to advance to the semi-finals and finals, held on virtually on April 23-24. With more than $42,000 in cash prizes, this competition is a great opportunity to compete for seed funding for your business or idea. It’s also a great way to network with competition judges including high-level entrepreneurs and alumni. 

The program was made possible by the late Henry A. Panasci, founder of Fay’s Drugs.


  • Team leader must be a full-time or part-time matriculated student, undergraduate or graduate level, who is currently enrolled in and pursuing a degree program, and who is registered at Syracuse University or SUNY ESF. Other team members can be non-SU/ESF students or community members.
  • Ideas submitted as part of a team’s new business venture must represent the original work of the team members.
  • If the new venture has already received funding from any outside sources (angel investors, other competitions, etc.), amounts, investors and dates of funding must be disclosed in the initial entry – funding must not exceed $100,000.
  • Prize money is granted only to the business entity that the winning team forms, e.g. a corporation or LLC.


  • Applications are due by midnight on March 19, 2021.
  • At least one member of each team must attend the competition’s orientation session (TBD). 

Overview and Judging

The Panasci Business Plan Competition rewards both the innovativeness of the idea and the quality of the plan, including innovative thinking regarding new markets, products and services, coupled with the ability to strategize on how to make it happen.

Rules and Regulations 

View the rules and regulations of the annual competition.

Apply here