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Regional Competitions

The 2014 New York Business Competition featured 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 hosted semifinal competitions in their regions in late March and early April.



The top teams from each of the 10 regions advanced to the final round of the statewide competition, where they went head-to-head for the grand prize at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s Albany Nanotech Complex on April 25, 2014.

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

Capital Region

Hosts: SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, University at Albany School of Business, Hudson Valley Community College, and Skidmore College
Application Deadline:
Friday, March 14, 2014
Competition Date:
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Location: SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, NanoFab South Auditorium
Website: Capital Region Regional Competition
Contact: Ashley Pillsbury, Assistant Vice President of Entrepreneurship Innovation, SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
apillsbury@sunycnse.com

Central New York

Hosts: Syracuse University, SUNY Cortland, and SUNY-ESF
Application Deadline:
Friday, March 7, 2014
Competition Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
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:
Monday, March 17, 2014
Competition Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Location: SUNY Plattsburgh
Website: North Country Regional Competition
Contact: Erin Draper, Director of Operations, Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, Clarkson University;
Nancy Church, Chair, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, SUNY Plattsburgh
edraper@clarkson.edu; nancy.church@plattsburgh.edu

Mohawk Valley

Host: SUNYIT
Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014
Competition Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Location: SUNYIT, Kunsela Hall
Website: Mohawk Valley Regional Competition
Contact: Kate Alcott, Program Coordinator, Continuing Professional Education, SUNYIT
alcottk@sunyit.edu

Finger Lakes

Hosts: University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology
Application Deadline: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Competition Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Location: University of Rochester, River Campus, Goergen BME Optics Building
Website: Finger Lakes Regional Competition
Contact: Natalie Antal, Associate Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Rochester
natalie.antal@rochester.edu

Western New York

Hosts: WNY Consortium of Higher Education and University at Buffalo
Application Deadline: Friday, March 7, 2014
Competition Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Location: University at Buffalo, Student Union
Website: Western New York Regional Competition
Contact: Steven Harvey, Executive Director, WNY Consortium of Higher Education;
Alex Cleary, Program Coordinator, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University at Buffalo
sjharvey@bryantstratton.edu; eacleary@buffalo.edu

Southern Tier

Hosts: Binghamton University, Cornell University, Ithaca College, and SUNY Broome Community College
Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Competition Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Location: Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies Complex
Website: Southern Tier Regional Competition
Contact: Laura Holmes, Program Associate, Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Partnerships, Binghamton University
lholmes@binghamton.edu

Mid-Hudson

Host: Marist College
Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014
Competition Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
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: New York Institute of Technology
Application Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2014
Competition Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Location: New York Institute of Technology, NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
Website: New York City Regional Competition
Contact: Lesley Stroll, Director, New York City Regional Competition
bizplancompetition2014@gmail.com

Long Island

Host: Stony Brook University
Application Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014
Competition Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Location: Farmingdale State College, Campus Center
Contact: Ann-Marie Scheidt, Director of Economic Development, Stony Brook University
annmarie.scheidt@stonybrook.edu

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