North Country Regional Competition
North Country Regional Competition
April 11, 2015
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FAST APPROACHING!!!
*Registrations must be completed in one sitting and cannot be edited once submited. We suggest you write your application in word and copy your answers into the form when you are ready. Download this form to prepare. When you are ready, registrations must be submitted online through the registration site by midnight on March 29, 2015.
Established in 2010, the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), has awarded more than $800,000 in cash and prizes during the first four years of the competition and is now one of the largest collegiate business competitions in the country.
New York State has initiated regional semi-final business plan competitions aligned with the ten Regional Economic Development Councils. Clarkson University has partnered with SUNY Plattsburgh to co-host the North Country regional competition over the next three years. The 2015 competition will be held at SUNY Plattsburgh.
Six different tracks are available for student ventures for this year's competition; each team will have 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A from the judges. The sample presentation guide shows the important information you should include and remember that the faculty at your school are great resources to help you work through many of these questions!
- Biotechnology / Healthcare
Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to healthcare, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and/or life science applications.
- Energy / Sustainability
Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to energy, clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, and/or sustainability applications.
- Information Technology / Software
Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to apps, informational technology, software, and/or internet applications. All teams using apps, regardless of the application and/or service that it offers, fall into the Information Technology/Software category.
- Nanotechnology / High Tech
Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to materials science not applicable to Biotechnology/Healthcare and Energy/Sustainability, advanced hardware, semiconductors, optics, and/or electronics applications.
- Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit
Any idea, product, and/or service that relates to social entrepreneurship and/or non-profit applications.
- Products / Services
Any idea, product, and/or service that does not fit any of the other categories falls into the Products/Services category.
In addition to their share of $20,000 in regional prizes, the top 2 winners in each of the following six categories will be able to present at the competition in Albany on April 11, 2015 for over $100,000 in funding.
In each category, regional prizes awarded will be:
First Place - $2,000 and advances to the state competition in Albany
Second Place - $1,000 and advances to the state competition in Albany
Third Place - $500
The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) 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 NYBPC, all teams must meet the following criteria:
- Consist entirely of currently enrolled graduate and/or undergraduate students from accredited New York State 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%
Students are invited to submit their registration for the competition by March 29.
There will be a charter bus available on a first come/first served basis for students at any school who would like to attend and participate in the business plan competition! The bus will leave from Clarkson's Cheel Campus Center at 6:45am to arrive at SUNY Plattsburgh for competition registration at 8:45am. To reserve your spot on the bus, please email Ashley Sweeney at the Reh Center, firstname.lastname@example.org with the full names of all team members who will be riding on the bus.
Generous thanks to our sponsors who have made this event possible for the North Country Region! Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring this exciting North Country Regional Event!