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Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition

At the 2020 New York Business Plan State Competition held on May 22, 2020 , students representing the Mid-Hudson region made an impressive showing winning in several categories.  The winning schools include Iona College, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz and US Military Academy at West Point. Please congratulate our winners.





The 9th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition March 26, 2021 (Virtual Platform)

The ninth annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, will be hosted by Marist College, on March 26, 2021. In 2021, we will again need to shift from the traditional on-ground events to virtual events at the regional and state level competition. The top two winning teams in each category at the regional competition will go on to compete virtually at the state level on April 23, 2021 and represent the Mid-Hudson Region at the 2021 New York Business Plan competition.

Students participating in the 2021 regional and state competitions will compete in the following six tracks and may enter individually or in teams.

  •  Agricultural Technology & Food
  •  Energy & Environment
  •  Military & First Responders
  •  MedTech & Well-Being
  •  Technology & Entertainment
  •  Consumer Products & Services

At the regional level, with support from Marist College and area sponsors, cash prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams in each category.

Our Mission:

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition encourages students to learn how to compete, develop a business plan, think like an entrepreneur, and transform their idea into a new business venture while providing them with tools, funding, and resources available in the New York state area.

We hope to motivate and inspire student teams from colleges and universities across all seven counties (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester) of our region to compete for the opportunity to move on to the statewide competition in Albany.

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition (MHRBPC) has grown each year with increased enthusiasm from regional colleges and their teams of passionate student entrepreneurs. Students have “Perfected their Pitch” showing passion, sophistication, and commitment, turning ideas into reality.

33 Teams Participated in the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

Marist College hosted the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition on April 17, 2020 on a virtual platform and welcomed 33 teams, with over 90 students, from ten different colleges in the Mid-Hudson region which included: Bard College, Iona College, Marist College, Rockland Community College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Touro Graduate School of Technology, United States Military Academy at West Point, Vassar College and Westchester Community College.

Roger Norton, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College welcomed participants to the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition and acknowledged that he was disappointed in not being able to host the students at Marist’s beautiful campus but provided a virtual campus tour. He also spoke of how the School of Computer Science and Mathematics has had a long-standing entrepreneurial spirit and talked about the accomplishments of many of our alumni. Dean Norton recognized Marist was not alone in exhibiting the entrepreneurial spirit as shown by the enthusiasm and accomplishments displayed at this event.

Roger Norton's Welcome Video


Marist’s President Dennis Murray opened the award’s ceremony and greeted over 120 people on WebEx. He spoke of the history of the college and invited everyone to visit during better times. New York State Senator Sue Serino, addressed the group by video. Serino has been a constant supporter of this event, the entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunities it brings, not only to the Mid-Hudson area but to all of the regions in New York state. Awards were given virtually and lots of congratulatory e-mails followed. We are so proud of all the student competitors.

By video, New York State Senator Sue Serino congratulated the winners of the MHRBPC. She stated that this was one of her favorite events to address, especially since she started as a small business owner many years ago. She recognized that students are the next generation of leaders and she looks forward to seeing where their new and clever ideas take us in the future. We appreciate her unwavering support for this event.

Senator Sue Serino's Congratulations video


This event was made possible by the generosity of our 2020 sponsors. We would like to thank sponsors TD Bank, Marist College’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College’s School of Management, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Startup Fund, Small Ball Marketing and SCORE.





The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, along with the New York State competition, represents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial students to engage with business and government leaders, angel investors, venture capitalists, and public investors, and get invaluable feedback for the potential launch of their business venture. Even though the competition will be held through a virtual platform in 2021, this is a unique opportunity for students to present their business plan ideas work with mentors and receive valuable feedback.


New York Business Plan Competition

The NYBPC, New York’s statewide intercollegiate business plan competition, includes content, mentorship, and prize money for all students enrolled in 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities in New York state. The 2020 Grand Prize winner received $10,000.

Since 2010, this program has helped launch 100s of student-led ventures, providing over $1M in prize money and supporting over $150M in private investment and economic value.

First place winners receive cash prizes and ongoing mentorship to advance their student-led ventures. The competition starts with students competing in all 10 regions across the state in

March and April, and culminates with finalists from each region competing at the state level for recognition and prize money in April.

Over 1,000 students from all 10 regions (Mid-Hudson, New York City, Long Island, Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Central New York, Southern Tier, Western New York, and the Finger Lakes) competed in regional competitions.

From the New York Business Plan Competition, more than 100 businesses have been started, and the NYBPC has seeded over $1M, yielding over $20M in additional funding for these startups.

Industry Categories

Students participated in the 2020 regional competition in the following six tracks and competed in teams or individually.

  • Agricultural Technology & Food
  • Energy & Environment
  • Military & First Responders
  • MedTech & Well-Being
  • Technology & Entertainment
  • Consumer Products & Services

At the regional level, with support from Marist College and area sponsors, cash prizes were awarded to the first- and second-place teams in each category.

Information and Resources

Fifty teams from eight schools competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the NYS competition in Albany
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Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business plan competition has evolved each year with more representation from schools across the seven counties and over the years, the students have "Perfected their Pitch" showing passion, sophistication with thoroughly researched presentations leading to successful ideas.