2016 New York Business Plan Competition
Finger Lakes Region



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 10-minute presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A from a panel of regional judges on April 13, 2016 hosted at SUNY Geneseo. The semi-finalist presentation round is a free event that is open to the public. Teams are encouraged to invite friends and faculty. The top two teams from each category (for a total of up to 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. The judges reserve the right to select less than 12 teams from the Finger Lakes region based on the quality of the entries and presentations.

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 29, 2016 in Albany.

Statewide Competition Sample Presentation Format Coming Soon

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 (see Eligibility & Rules page or FAQs) are invited to submit an application (not to exceed two written pages) for their idea or venture under one of the following six categories:

  • Biotechnology / Healthcare
  • Energy / Sustainability
  • Information Technology / Software
  • Nanotechnology / Advanced Technology
  • Products / Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit

Companies will be notified by Wednesday, March 23 if they have been selected to present in the semi-final round on April 13.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Statewide Competition