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2019 New York Business Plan Competition

Posted by Tim on April 1, 2019 in Competitions, Event

I’m excited to share with you SUNY’s enthusiastic support for the 2019 New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC).

Now in its 10th year, and established to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship at New York’s colleges and universities, the NYBPC is the nation’s largest student collegiate business plan competition. The event draws more than 500 participants comprised of entrepreneurs and student teams from more than 100 colleges and universities. Over 100 new businesses have been started and more than $20 million in venture investments have been stimulated by the NYBPC.

Applications are now being accepted from student teams invited to compete within one of 10 NYBPC Regional Competitions in New York State. Regional finalists from each of several tracks advance to the statewide finals which will take place on April 26th, at the Sage College Armory, in Albany. At the finals, students compete for prize money and recognition, and connect with mentors and potential employers and partners.

Last year student teams from SUNY campuses took home eight of the 18 cash prizes totaling $59,000 – including the $20,000 grand prize.  The 2019 competition presents another opportunity for SUNY ingenuity and entrepreneurship to shine.

Student achievement is a point of pride and focus at SUNY. The NYBPC is a key catalyst for the advancement of entrepreneurship and provides a forum to put on full display the scope, scale, diversity, and spirit of SUNY innovation.  

Being part of a competition can have a profound impact on a student’s life and career. For me, the 1975 International Science and Engineering Fair as a high school student sparked my lifelong interest and passion in the sciences. It also gave me the confidence to pursue a degree in science and engineering at Stanford University at a time when few women were in those fields.