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Regional Competitions

The 2015 New York Business Competition 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 late March and early April.



The top teams from each of the 10 regions will advance to the final round of the statewide competition, where they will go head-to-head for the grand prize in Albany, NY on April 24, 2015.

More information about each regional semifinal competition, including application deadlines and links to the competition websites, is below.

Presentations must be submitted as either a PowerPoint presentation or a PDF file. These are the only formats that can be accepted and will be eligible for competition. 

Capital Region

Hosts: SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany School of Business, Albany Law School, The Sage Colleges
Application Deadline:
Friday, March 20, 2015
Competition Date:
Friday, March 27, 2015
Location: SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, NanoFab South Auditorium
Website: Capital Region Regional Competition
Contact: Ashley Pillsbury, Assistant Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
apillsbury@sunycnse.com

Central New York

Hosts: Syracuse University, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY-ESF
Application Deadline:
Friday, March 6, 2015
Competition Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Syracuse University, Whitman School of Management
Website: Central New York Regional Competition
Contact: Stacey Keefe, Executive Director, Raymond von Dran Innovation and Disruptive Entrepreneurship Accelerator, Syracuse University
sekeefe@syr.edu

North Country

Hosts: Clarkson University and SUNY Plattsburgh
Application Deadline:
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Competition Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015
Location: Clarkson University
Website: North Country Regional Competition
Contact: Erin Draper, Director of Operations, Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, Clarkson University, edraper@clarkson.edu;
Richard Gottschall, Lecturer, SUNY Platsburgh, gottscrl@plattsburgh.edu

Mohawk Valley

Host: SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Utica Campus
Application Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2015
Competition Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Utica Campus, Student Center Multi-Purpose Room
Website: Mohawk Valley Regional Competition
Contact: Kate Alcott, Program Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education, SUNY Polytechnic Institute
alcottk@sunyit.edu

Finger Lakes

Hosts: University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 8, 2015
Competition Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Location: St John Fischer College
Website: Finger Lakes Regional Competition
Contact: Susanna Virgilio, Program Manager, University of Rochester Center for Entrepreneurship, susanna.virgilio@rochester.edu

Western New York

Hosts: WNY Consortium of Higher Education and University at Buffalo
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Competition Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Hillbert College, Swan Audutorium
Website: Western New York Regional Competition
Contact: Steven Harvey, Executive Director, WNY Consortium of Higher Education, sjharvey@bryantstratton.edu;
Alex Cleary, Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University at Buffalo, eacleary@buffalo.edu

Southern Tier

Hosts: Ithaca College, Binghamton University, Cornell University, and SUNY Broome Community College
Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015
Competition Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Location: Ithaca College, Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise
Website: Under construction, please revisit
Contact: Brad Treat, Lecturer, Management, Ithaca College, btreat@ithaca.edu; Megan Harrison, Marketing and Events Logistics Coordinator, Ithaca College, mharris4@ithaca.edu

Mid-Hudson

Host: Marist College
Application Deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015
Competition Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Location: Marist College, Student Center, 3rd Floor
Website: Mid-Hudson Regional Competition
Contact: Susan Scanlon, Director of Corporate Outreach, School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College
susan.scanlon@marist.edu

New York City

Host: SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Application Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2015
Competition Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St, New York, NY
Website: http://apply.nybplan.com/en/challenge/new-york-city-semifinal-competition
Contact: Ashley Pillsbury, Assistant Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
apillsbury@sunycnse.com

Long Island

Host: Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, Hosftra University
Application Deadline: March 27, 2015
Competition Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Location: SUNY Farmingdale Campus Center Ballroom
Website: Long Island Regional Competition
Contact: Ann-Marie Scheidt, Director of Economic Development, Stony Brook University
annmarie.scheidt@stonybrook.edu

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