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2014 Program

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 not applicable to Biotechnology/Healthcare and Energy/Sustainability, advanced hardware, semiconductors, optics, and/or electronics applications.
  • 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.

Competition Format

The 2014 NYBPC will again feature regional competitions in New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Council zones – Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island. Regional partner colleges and universities will host semifinal competitions in their regions in early April. The top teams from each of the 10 regions will then advance 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 25, 2014.

The presentation format for the regional semifinal and statewide final competitions may vary slightly based on the number of teams participating in each region. For the statewide final competition, each team will have 10 minutes to pitch, which will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of investor judges. Judges are advised to act as they would in a closed-door boardroom investment presentation during the Q&A session.

Download the Statewide Final Competition Agenda*

*Please note that timing and locations are subject to change. 

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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