Applications now open for New York State Business Plan Competition

Applications are now open for the New York Business Plan (NYBPC), an annual competition that brings together hundreds of startups from colleges and universities across New York State to compete for prize money and recognition. Many companies go on to generate revenue, create jobs, and deliver valuable goods and services. Get all the competition details all in one place and sign up here.

NYBPC is hosting a workshop on March 4, 2021 for teams interested in competing in the annual competition which is open to student teams from colleges across the state.  The workshop is part of Mentorship+, a statewide program that connects student entrepreneurs with experienced business professionals for advice and support.  

The LaunchPad at Syracuse University hosts Compete CNY, the regional qualifier for the state competition.  The campus qualifier event is being held in conjunction with the RvD iPrize on March 16.  The top teams from each of the 10 regions in New York state advance to the final round of the statewide competition.   Apply here for the campus qualifier.

Check out the NYBPC webpage to learn more about the statewide competition, eligibility and this year’s prize package.

NYBPC helps student entrepreneurs commercialize new technologies and expand student connections to the business community. Syracuse University has had two grand prize winners, Luis Romo, founder of Purple Sun and Josh Aviv, founder of SparkCharge.  In addition, Syracuse University has had many first-place winners in various tracks, as well as MWBE winners. 

The impact the program has been over the last 12 years speaks for itself:

  • Over $150M+ invested, including follow-on funding for 100+ startups
  • Hundreds of innovative solutions and patented technologies created
  • Nearly 50% MWBE student participation every year
  • New this year – ongoing mentorship program for all entrepreneurs coupled with educational workshops

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