Fourth Annual New York Business Plan Competition

Applications Now Being Accepted!

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, UAlbany’s School of Business, and Syracuse University will host the fourth annual New York Business Plan Competition in April 2013.

The 2013 New York Business Plan Competition will feature regional competitions in New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council zones. Regional partner colleges and universities will host semi-final competitions in their regions in early April 2013. The top teams from each of the 10 regions will then be invited to the final round of the statewide competition, where they will go head-to-head for the grand prize at CNSE’s Albany Nanotech Complex on April 26, 2013.

Student ventures should fall into one of the following categories:

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

To learn more about how to apply for the regional competitions being held across New York, go to and select the “Regional Competitions” page on the left-hand navigation menu.

More than $225,000 in funding is available to the 300+ student-led teams who will compete in the regional and statewide programs of the 2013 New York Business Plan Competition.

The New York Business Plan Competition is the only leading collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program representing over 25 colleges and universities, which sets it apart from all other competitions in the nation.

Since 2010, over 140 student teams from 25 of New York’s colleges and universities have pitched their ideas and ventures at the New York Business Plan Competition. The winners are selected each year by esteemed judges including venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other sophisticated public and private investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. At the end of the 2012 competition, more than $310,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded to student entrepreneurs in New York.

To view the 2013 New York Business Plan Competition official press release, please click here.

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