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Cuomo calls on college students to enter $100,000 business competition

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is encouraging college students to apply for the seventh annual New York Business Plan Competition, a startup competition with a $100,000 grand prize and $500,000 total up for grabs.

Teams pitch a business idea to a panel of judges, investment bankers and private equity investors.

Students can apply online at www.nybplan.com. Semifinal rounds of competitions will be held in 10 regions across the state, based on the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. The deadline to enter to Mid-Hudson competition is March 15.

  • Capital Region: April 1, SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany site.
  • Central NY: April 12, hosted by Syracuse University.
  • Finger Lakes: April 13 at SUNY Geneseo.
  • Long Island: April 7 at Farmingdale State College.
  • Mid-Hudson: April 15 at Marist College.
  • Mohawk Valley: April 8 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.
  • New York City: March 24 SUNY Global Center.
  • North Country: April 8 at Clarkson University.
  • Southern Tier: April 9 at Cornell University.
  • Western NY: April 8 at Hilbert College.

Since the competition’s inaugural event in 2010, more than 1,600 student teams from 75 New York colleges and universities have competed, earning more than $1,800,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

“This competition provides some of our state’s most entrepreneurial students the opportunity to put their best business concepts to the test,” said Cuomo. “This is a truly unique chance for today’s brightest minds – and tomorrow’s business leaders – to transform their ideas into reality.”


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