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 will be hosted as virtual events. The top two winning teams in each track at the regional competition will go on to compete virtually at the state level on May 7, 2021 at the 2021 New York Business Plan Competition.

Do you have a new and innovative idea for a business product or service? Or maybe just know that you want to be your own boss and start a business? Become an entrepreneur and launch your idea while competing with other schools in the Mid-Hudson region. 

 

Student Application for 2021 Competition is NOW CLOSED!

 

Students who applied to participate in the MHRBPC have been contacted and provided next steps to submit their final video pitches and slide decks.  Mentorship is available for all teams from community mentors, so students please contact Roberta Diggins at roberta.diggins@marist.edu.  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.

 

2021 Competition Tracks:


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

 

Judges & Mentors  Judges & Mentor Application is now CLOSED!

 

For more information about the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition information sessions held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 and Wednesday November 11, 2020, please visit the Information Session page and Perfect Your Pitch page for links to the videos and slide decks.

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 

 

“OWNING ONE’S OWN ECONOMIC OUTPUT IS THE CORE OF THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET.”

NOA SIMONS, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF THE UPSTATE CAPITAL ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK

 
Competition:
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.