Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition

2021 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

The 9th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition
April 16, 2021 
Virtual Competition and Awards Ceremony

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The ninth annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, hosted by Marist College, on April 16, 2021. In 2021, the regional and state-level business plan competitions are being hosted as virtual events. The top two winning teams in each track at the regional competition competed virtually at the state level on May 7, 2021 at the 2021 New York Business Plan Competition.

Announcing 2021 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition Winners!

Agricultural Technology & Food

1st place winning team: Commercial Kitchen Facility        2nd place winning team: Shrimpie


Infrastructure, First Responder & Defense

1st place winning team: Untapped        2nd place winning team: Hopewell Technologies


Medical Technology & Life Sciences - no students submissions

Education & Well-Being
1st place winning team: Notify        2nd place winning team: The LoveWrap


Consumer & Business Products
1st place winning team: Compact Kitchen        2nd place winning team: Akina LLC


Software & Services

1st place winning team: Vim        2nd place winning team: Blueway


Announcing Awards Presented to MHRBPC teams at the 2021 New York State Business Plan Competition:  Congratulations!


Agricultural Technology & Food

Upstate Capital Veteran Founder Award: Shrimpie, United States Military Academy

Consumer & Business Products

SEFCU Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise: Compact Kitchen, SUNY at New Paltz

Thank you to all our Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition participants.  We had an exciting day of student teams pitching their business ventures to a panel of judges in their respective competition track, and participate in a question and answer session where students received valuable feedback from the judges.  Additional feedback will be sent to student team members to help the winning teams prepare to compete at the NY state competition and for all teams to move on to the next steps and launch their business.


Thank you to all our volunteers, judges, mentors, college advisors and guest speakers at the April 16th Opening Ceremony, Dr. Dennis Murray, President of Marist College and Dr. Roger Norton, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics and Interim Dean of the School of Management, and thank you to our guest speakers at the Awards ceremony, Senator Sue Sereno and Phil Derasmo, Regional VP Commericial Lending at TD Bank and Gold sponsor for the 2021 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition.


To all the students who participated this year, we hope this event was a beneficial experience and we wish good-luck and best wishes for success in launching your business.  Congratulations on a job well done!   


2021 Competition Tracks:

Agricultural Technology & Food
Infrastructure, First Responder & Defense
Medical Technology & Life Sciences
Education & Well-Being
Consumer & Business Products
Software & Services



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.

For more information contact Cynthia Worrad at cynthia.worrad@marist.edu or Roberta Diggins at roberta.diggins@marist.edu.


For a an electronic copy of the MHRBPC timeline, click here.

See 2021 NYBPC Rulebook for details > Rulebook 




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 eligible 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/May.

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.

2021 Business Plan Competition Tracks to be announced March 1, 2021

Students will participate in the 2021 regional competition in the following six tracks and competed in teams or individually.

Agricultural Technology & Food
Infrastructure, First Responder & Defense
Medical Technology & Life Sciences
Education & Well-Being
Consumer & Business Products
Software & 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 track.

Information and Resources

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Fifty teams from eight schools competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the NYS competition in Albany

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.