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2013 Program & Winners

Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from accredited New York colleges and universities are encouraged to submitted business plans 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 and compete for over $500,000 in prizes.

Teams should consist of one to a maximum of six members, excluding the advisor. Students from different academic areas are encouraged to work together to create the strongest team possible. One faculty 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
  • Energy / Sustainability
  • Information Technology / Software
  • Nanotechnology / Advanced Technology
  • Products / Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit

Expanded Format

The 2013 New York Business Plan Competition has expanded to feature the 10 Regional Economic Development Council zones of New York – Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island. Selected regional partner institutions hosted semifinal competitions in each of these regions in early April. The top teams from each of the regions advanced to the statewide final competition where the teams went head-to-head for the $100,000 grand prize at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on April 26.

2013 Winners

Grand Prize Winner
  • WordsEye – Columbia University – $50,000 cash + $50,000 in-kind services
Biotechnology / Healthcare
  • 1st Place – Dental Defense LLC – College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – $10,000 cash + $3,000 in-kind services
  • 2nd Place – Ex Vivo Dynamics – Polytechnic Institute of New York University – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – TrakOR – University of Rochester – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – RaceResponse Technologies – Marist College – $1,000 cash
Energy / Sustainability
  • 1st Place – Eonic LLC – College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – $10,000 cash + $3,000 in-kind services
  • 2nd Place – diMien LLC – University at Buffalo – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – SUNN – Cornell University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – Home2O – New York Institute of Technology – $1,000 cash
Information Technology / Software
  • 1st Place – WordsEye – Columbia University
  • 2nd Place – Intellievents – Columbia University – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – SmartLine – Hofstra University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – PayWithMe – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – $1,000 cash

Nanotechnology / Advanced Technology

  • 1st Place – CoReliability – College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – $10,000 cash + $3,000 in-kind services
  • 2nd Place– SMP MicroStamps LLC – University of Rochester – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – Vulcan Technologies – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – Renoun Ski Company – Clarkson University – $1,000 cash
Products / Services
  • 1st Place – Innovative Delivery Systems – Clarkson University – $10,000 cash + $3,000 in-kind services
  • 2nd Place – BUZZtheBar – Columbia University – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – The KettleShell – Ithaca College – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – H+B Secure Technology – College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering – $1,000 cash
Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit
  • 1st Place – DeansList – Columbia University – $10,000 cash + $3,000 in-kind services
  • 2nd Place – Sound ExChange – University of Rochester – $5,000 cash
  • 3rd Place – Practice Makes Perfect – Cornell University – $1,500 cash
  • People’s Choice – Engage Media – Marist College – $1,000 cash

Download the 2013 Statewide Final Competition Winners

Eligibility Requirements

The New York Business Plan Competition 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 venture must be 100%

Download the 2013 Competition Flyer
Download the 2013 Team Application
Download the 2013 Presentation Template
Download the 2013 Judges Scoring Rubric
Download the 2013 Rule Book

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