New York Business Plan Competition

Southern Tier Regional Competition

The Southern Tier Regional Competition of the New York Business Plan Competition will be held at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management on Friday, April 5, 2013.

Student entrepreneurs from New York’s Southern Tier Region 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
The top two teams in each of the six categories from the regional semi-final competition will advance to the statewide final competition at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Friday, April 26, 2013. They will compete head-to-head against regional winners from the 9 other major regions of New York – Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and LongIsland.

The presentation format for the regional semi-final and statewide final competitions is the same. Each team will have 10 minutes to pitch, which will be followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. Judges are advised to act as they would in a closed-door boardroom investment presentation during the Q&A session.

All interested teams should complete the application, and submit it to Nicholas Querques at and CJ Halabi at by 11:59 pm ET on Friday, March 15, 2013.

The regional competition will be held in Sage Hall at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management of Cornell University.

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 Rule Book

New York Business Plan Competition