New York State Business Plan Competition

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The New York State Business Plan Competition prides itself on innovation and technical merit. Both of these values are hallmarks of the main organizing universities’, and we strive to integrate them into every aspect of the competition. To do so, we have established a transparent judging process with no conflicts of interest between our judges and the teams that they are evaluating. All of our judging panels are composed of a mix of private and public investors – all of whom have years of experience investing in their respective industries. Moreover, we ensure to have technical subject matter experts – each of them with expertise in one of the categories – to evaluate the technical feasibility and scalability of the plans in their category.

  • Michael Castellana, President and CEO, SEFCU
  • Judy Albers, Managing Partner, Neworks
  • Nasir Ali, Co-Founder and CEO, Upstate Venture Connect
  • Stuart Angert, Founder and CEO (Retired), Remarketing Services of America
  • Roy Arad, Vice President of Business Development, Arocon Consulting
  • Mark Austin, Senior Venture Advisor, Bright Capital Cleantech Seed Fund
  • Martin Babinec, Founder and Chairman, Upstate Venture Connect
  • Clayton Besch, Director, Small Business Technology Investment Fund, Empire State Development
  • John Cococcia, Partner and Founder, FA Technology Ventures
  • Brian Cohen, Chairman, New York Angels
  • Al Culliton, Chief Operating Officer, Erie County Industrial Development Agency
  • Dennis DeLeo, Senior Partner, Trillium Group
  • Robert Delman, Managing Director, Golden Seeds
  • Bob Greene, Managing Partner, Contour Ventures
  • Edward Greer, Manager, Ventures and Business Development, The Dow Chemical Company
  • James Groelinger, Chairman, President and CEO, Heartland Bridge Capital
  • Kevin Halpin, Managing Director, DeltaPoint Capital
  • David Hessler, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, High Tech Rochester
  • Russ Howard, General Partner, High Peaks Venture Partners
  • Reid Hutchins, Senior Vice President, Advantage Capital Partners
  • Rami Katz, Chief Operating Officer, Excell Partners
  • Michael Lasch, Managing Partner, Pine Street Capital Partners
  • J. Peter Lynch, President, Salem Financial
  • Howard Maier, President, Maier Ventures
  • Brian Model, Managing Director, Stonehenge Growth Capital
  • David Montanaro, President, Strategic Advisory Associates
  • Peter Rothberg, Partner, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt
  • Michael Schattner, President, Onondaga Venture Capital Fund
  • Jeffrey Seul, Partner and Co-Chair, Venture Capital and Emerging Companies Team, Holland & Knight
  • Michael Shimazu, Senior Project Manager, Innovation and Business Development, NYSERDA
  • Christine Tate, Investor, ARC Angel Fund
  • Jennifer Tegan, Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund
  • Roger Williams, Chair, New York Angel Network
  • Michael Wu, Founding Board Member, Long Island Angel Network

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If you are interested in participating as a judge, or know an investor who would be a good fit to judge the competition, please contact Nicholas Querques at

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