2014 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the second annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Marist College.  Once again, each of the 10 major regions throughout New York State will be holding a semi-final competition. The top teams from each of the semi-final events will be invited to the final round of the statewide competition where they will go head-to-head for thousands of dollars  in cash and in-kind services at the New York State Competition to be held in Albany on Friday, April 25, 2014.


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Congratulations to the 2013 Winners!

Over 70 people gathered on April 12, 2013 at the beautiful Hancock Center for the first annual Mid Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition.  Congratulations to all teams who participated, to the wonderful panel of judges who offered advice and constructive criticism and to the many Marist College helpers that made this day a complete success!  We are happy to announce the winners of the competition who will be moving on to the New York State  Business Plan Competition in Albany on April 26, 2013.  Good luck to all!

Products and Services -

Struggle Life Clothing from Dutchess Community College
Vaughn Harper, Dean Mohammed and Kevon Sweat
MARZ Footwear and Clothing from Marist College School of Communication and the Arts (Fashion)
Tim Marzo

Social/Non-Profit -

Engage from Marist College School of Communications and the Arts  

 Congratulations!Winners of the People's  Choice Award - $1,000 prize

 Kelly Tranfaglia, Sam Baines, Chris Lorenz, Jackie Mucilli  and Casey Fisk 


Healthcare/Biomedical -

Race Response Technologies, Inc. from Marist College, School of Management

Congratulations! - Winners of the People's Choice Award - $1,000 prize

Chris Lewis, Mark Hauser, Paige Anderson and Zachary Modelski 

Energy/Sustainability -

MooTech from SUNY New Paltz - MBA Program
Eddie Monroy and Joe Lahita 


 IT/Software -

Higher Q from Marist College, School of Management
Steve Sabato, David Gunter and Ryan Breen


What's Up for Grabs?

Over $225,000 in prizes. Top teams from the regional competitions will compete for these prizes at the state level. Participating student teams will have the rare opportunity to engage with actual investors and other seasoned entrepreneurs.

Student Ventures should fall into one of the following categories:

  • Biotechnology/Healthcare
  • Energy/Sustainability
  • Information Technology/Software
  • Nanotechnology/Advanced Technology
  • Products/Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit


Since 2010, over 140 student teams from 25 New York State colleges and universities have pitched their venture at the New York State Business Plan Competition. The winners are selected each year by esteemed judges including venture capitalists, angels, investment bankers, other sophisticated public and private investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. At the end of the 2012 competition, more than $310,000 in cash and prizes have been awarded to student entrepreneurs in New York State.