the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is accepting applications through March 15 from graduate and undergraduate students from all central New York colleges and universities for the regional qualifier, Compete CNY. Compete CNY will take place on March 25 and is hosted by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University Libraries. The top regional teams, selected by regional business and community leaders, will progress to compete in the state-level finals for NYBPC’s “Venture NY,” where they can win cash prizes and post-program mentorship. . Compete CNY is open to any full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in an accredited college or university in the central New York area (Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties).
Students from regional colleges and universities should apply here for the Central New York competition and specify Central New York as the region. Syracuse University students should also apply through the common LaunchPad application for all campus competitions, including the RvD iPrize and Hunter Brooks Watson Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award competition, which will be held concurrently with Compete CNY.
Student teams applying for the competition cannot include those with combined public and private capital exceeding $100,000, excluding research funding that may have supported technology development in an academic setting.
The New York Central Regional Qualifier is open to students from:
- Bryant and Stratton College of Commerce
- Cazenovia College
- Cayuga Community College
- Colgate University
- Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital School of Nursing
- Keuka-Onondaga Community College
- LeMoyne College
- Onondaga Community College
- Joseph College of Nursing
- SUNY Cortland
- SUNY ESF
- SUNY Morrisville
- SUNY Oswego
- SUNY Upstate Medical University
- Syracuse University
- Wells College
The top teams from six different vertical tracks will be selected in the regional qualifiers to advance to the statewide competition, coordinated by The Upstate Capital Foundation and The Upstate New York Capital Association.
For the first time this year, the state finals will be held in Syracuse on April 27 and will feature the winners of the regional competitions in New York’s ten geographies: Capital Region, Central New York, North country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York and Long Island.