The SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), University at Albany’s School of Business, and Syracuse University will host the fifth annual New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) in April 2014.
The 2014 NYBPC 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 early April. The top teams from each of the 10 regions will then advance to the final round of the statewide competition, where they will go head-to-head for the grand prize at CNSE’s Albany Nanotech Complex on April 25, 2014.
The lead organizing institutions have grown the NYBPC from a small, regional competition into a statewide competition with some of the largest awards and prizes of any student business competition in the world. The NYBPC is the only leading collegiate business competition that is a regionally coordinated, collaborative statewide program representing over 55 colleges and universities, which sets it apart from all other competitions in the nation.
Since 2010, over 570 student teams from almost 60 of New York’s colleges and universities have pitched their ideas and ventures at the NYBPC. The winners are selected each year by esteemed judges, including venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, other sophisticated public and private investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. At the end of the 2013 competition, more than $800,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded to student entrepreneurs in New York.
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