By Dan Wang

Six University of Rochester teams will advance to the New York Business Plan Competition statewide finals in Albany on April 26, where they will compete for $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes. These teams represent diverse disciplines, hailing from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Eastman School of Music, the Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Simon School of Business.

"It's absolutely wonderful that students from so many parts of the University were selected as finalists," says Duncan Moore, the vice provost for entrepreneurship at Rochester, who coached many of the teams. "We've got Eastman students and Hajim students in addition to Simon students. It just shows how deeply the entrepreneurial spirit permeates throughout the school."

The New York Business Plan Competition is one of the largest collegiate business competitions in the country. Students from around New York State compete for prizes before a panel of judges made up of venture capitalists, investment bankers, and entrepreneurs.

The competition awards prizes in the following categories: nanotechnology/advanced technology; energy/sustainability; biotechnology/healthcare; information technology/software; products/services; and social entrepreneurship/non-profit.

The following teams of students have been selected as finalists in the competition:

"I'm excited for all of the students," says Moore. "They've trained a great deal for this and I'm eager to see them do well in Albany."

The statewide final competition will be held at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, 257 Fuller Road, Albany, N.Y. Presentations start at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 26.

The New York Business Plan Competition is a collaboration among the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at the University at Albany, the University at Albany School of Business, and Syracuse University. The competition is one of many public-private collaborations promoted by Governor Andrew Cuomo.