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2014 Program & Winners

Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from accredited New York colleges and universities are encouraged to submit business pitches around a student-born innovation that is designed for a currently unmet need. Teams are invited each year to pitch their ideas and ventures to an external panel of investor judges at the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) and compete for over $500,000 in prizes.

Students from different academic areas are encouraged to work together to create the strongest team possible. One faculty or staff 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 applications for their idea or venture under one of the following six categories:


  • Biotechnology/Healthcare
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to healthcare, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and/or life science applications.
  • Energy/Sustainability
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to energy, clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, and/or sustainability applications.
  • Information Technology/Software
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to apps, informational technology, software, and/or internet applications. All teams using apps, regardless of the application and/or service that it offers, fall into the Information Technology/Software category.
  • Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology
    • Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to materials science, advanced hardware, semiconductors, optics, and/or electronics applications that are not applicable to Biotechnology/Healthcare and Energy/Sustainability.
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit
    • Any idea, product, and/or service that relates to social entrepreneurship and/or non-profit applications.
  • Products/Services
    • Any idea, product, and/or service that does not fit any of the other categories falls into the Products/Services category.

2014 Winners

Grand Prize

  • Glauconix, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering & Albany Law School – $50,000 cash + $50,000 in-kind services

Biotechnology/Healthcare

  • First Place – Glauconix, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering & Albany Law School
  • Second Place – Ovitz, University of Rochester – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – MosquitoesBeGone!, Stony Brook University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – Life Tech, Marist College – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – SmartDialysis, University of Rochester
  • Team Spirit Award – ElectroChem Tracking, Syracuse University

Energy/Sustainability

  • First Place – Goodlight LLC, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – $10,000 cash + $2,000 in-kind services
  • Second Place – Hybridry, Broome Community College – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – Lionano, Cornell University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – Steam Engine Technologies, Clarkson University – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – Evolv Composting LLC, Skidmore College
  • Team Spirit Award – Maji Moto, Clarkson University

Information Technology/Software

  • First Place – Resumazing, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – $10,000 cash + $2,000 in-kind services
  • Second Place – Speare, Cornell University – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – Tunetap, Cornell University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – SellYourTech, Hamilton College – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – TOCK, Syracuse University
  • Team Spirit Award – PromoFlash LLC, Marist College

Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology

  • First Place – Adept Advancements, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – $10,000 cash + $2,000 in-kind services
  • Second Place – Renoun Ski Company, Clarkson University – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – Titan Nanotech, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering & Albany Law School – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – NanoTechnostics Inc., Stony Brook University – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – EMVISS, University at Buffalo
  • Team Spirit Award – Deuell Automated Machines, Clarkson University

Products/Services

  • First Place – KettleShell, Ithaca College – $10,00 cash + $2,000 in-kind services
  • Second Place – Golden Gear, Syracuse University – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – Royal Meadery, SUNY Cobleskill – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – Just Dangle Hockey, St. John Fisher College – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – The Pet Pita, Clarkson University
  • Team Spirit Award – Ambizione LLC, Clarkson University

Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit

  • First Place – Imagine Soap, Rochester Institute of Technology – $10,000 cash + $2,000 in-kind services
  • Second Place – Kreyòl Essence, Cornell University – $5,000 cash
  • Third Place – Open Campus, Skidmore College – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice Award – Outland Manufacturing, Clarkson University – $1,000 cash
  • Rookie of the Year – Advlo, Syracuse University
  • Team Spirit Award – Batavia Loop Trail, Genesee Community College

Download the 2014 Statewide Final Competition Winners 

Eligibility Requirements

The NYBPC reserves the right to withhold prize money and/or in-kind services from winning teams who do not comply with the eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible to apply for and participate in the competition, all teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Consist entirely of currently enrolled graduate and/or undergraduate students from accredited New York colleges and universities
  • A faculty or staff member is required to be listed as an advisor for the team; offering guidance, support, and technical expertise
  • Students may not participate on more than 1 team each year of the competition
  • Cumulative public and private capital raised may not exceed $100,000
  • Student ownership of the venture must be 100%
Download the 2014 NYBPC White Paper
Download the 2014 NYBPC Flyer
Download the 2014 NYBPC Team Application
Download the 2014 NYBPC Rule Book
Download the 2014 NYBPC Presentation Template
Download the 2014 NYBPC Judges Scoring Rubric

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