The New York Business Plan Competition, The Premier Collegiate Contest, is a venture creation and innovation competition that was established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. The 10 major regions of New York (Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island) will hold regional competitions prior to the finals. The top teams from each of the regional zones will advance to the final statewide competition where the teams will go head-to-head for more than $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes at the University at Albany on April 25, 2014.
Regional Contest Overview
Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from accredited New York colleges and universities in the Finger Lakes Region are encouraged to submit the written application around a student-born innovation that is designed for a currently unmet need. The Regional Contest and Statewide Final Competition do not require the submission of a full business plan. A TWO-PAGE WRITTEN APPLICATION IS ALL THAT IS REQUIRED TO ENTER.
Regional Contest semi-finalists will be invited to give a 6-minute presentation followed by 4 minutes of Q&A from a panel of regional judges on April 9, 2014 at the University of Rochester River Campus. The top two teams from each category (for a total of 12 teams from the Finger Lakes region) will be selected to participate in the Statewide Competition where they will compete against finalists from the other nine regions in New York.
Statewide Competition finalists will be required to give a 10-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from a panel of statewide judges on April 25, 2014 at the University at Albany.
Teams should consist of one to a maximum of six members, excluding the advisor. Students from different academic areas are encouraged to work together to create the strongest team possible. One faculty member is required to be listed as an advisor for the team; offering guidance, support, and technical expertise.
Student entrepreneurs that meet the eligibility requirements below are invited to submit an application (not to exceed two written pages) for their idea or venture under one of the following six categories:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Statewide Competition COMING SOON!
Eligibility and Rules
In order to be eligible to apply for and participate in both the Regional Contest and Statewide Final Competition, all teams must meet the following criteria:
For complete rules, the Statewide Competition Rule Book is COMING SOON!
The categories with the most entries in last year's Statewide Competition were as follows (from the most to the least):
The judges will especially look for/at:
Watch YouTube videos of the 2011 Grand Prize Presentations: