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2024 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

The twelfth annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition was hosted at Marist College, on Friday, April 5th, 2024.  For more information on the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, contact Cynthia Worrad, cynthia.worrad@marist.edu or Roberta Diggins at roberta.diggins@marist.edu

News from the 2024 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition and Results

We are thrilled to announce the success of the twelfth annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, which took place at Marist College on Friday, April 5th. The Mid-Hudson region has seen remarkable growth and participation this year as we witnessed an increase in interest from regional colleges, receiving over 50 applications from 10 different colleges. Out of these impressive entries, 39 exceptional teams met the competition's criteria and presented their innovative business ideas and ventures at the regional event.

Students competed in six tracks and came together to present their plans to a panel of esteemed judges. It was truly inspiring to witness the enthusiasm, creativity, and dedication of all the participants. Thanks to our sponsors of the MHRBPC, first and second place teams in each track received awards. Each first-place team will be awarded $1,000, while the 2nd place winners will receive $500.

The top two winning teams in each track will be competing in the NYBPC state finals, which are judged in three rounds, first round asynchronous judging, then in-person for the 2nd round and 3rd round in the New York Business Plan Competition Finals on April 25, 2024.

The following 1st and 2nd place winning teams will be going on to compete at the state level.  Congratulations to all the winners and the best of luck to all the teams as they prepare for this next stage of the competition!

Make sure to mark your calendars for the grand finale, which will be the highlight of the event.  NYBPC Finals - Upstate Capital

Competition Tracks for 2024 Competitions: 

  • Food & Agtech: Agricultural Technology, Food Product, Food Service
  • Health & Wellbeing: Health IT, Life Science, Medtech, Wellbeing
  • Learn, Work & Live: Education, Community Building, Productivity, Fintech
  • Safety, Power & Mobility: Defense, Energy, Climate Tech, First Responder, Infrastructure, Mobility, Transportation
  • Products & Hardware: Business plans don’t fall into other tracks
  • Software & Services: Business plans don’t fall into other tracks

Learn more about the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition - Check out the Information Session and Presentation tab  for updates and information.

To view a recording of the Perfect Your Pitch and Mentoring Session held on February 21, 2024, click here

To view a recording of the MHRBPC Information Session held on November 16th, please use the link.

https://marist-edu.zoom.us/rec/share/OzXXhG3HGqctWBQtqSXq-UFJl4iGhcWWbJU9WD5Ij97Q5y83cA597z3dT6y6wE1-.S76brTPXsx7dX0y5?startTime=1700174060000
To view the MHRBPC Information Session Power Point presentation, please click here.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Read the 2024 NYBPC Rulebook - The rulebook has everything you need to know about competing in the New York Business Plan Competition. 

Additional Resources:

Libguides: MHRBPC

NYBPC Presentation Suggestions: Slide Deck Template

Example Presentations:

Photonect: Juniyali Nauriyal and Sushant Kumar, University of Rochester (2022 Grand Prize) Step2,3 LLC: Shannon Sincere Dawson, SUNY at Purchase College (2022 GRYT Health Award)

RHM Innovations: Courtney Burris (University at Buffalo) + Brandon Davis Burris (University of Rochester), (2023 Grand Prize Winner, pitching at the NYBPC Finals)

NightCap: Christina Bryde, MHRBPC (2020 MHRBPC 1st Place AgTech and Food Track Winner, and NYBPC 2nd Place AgTech and Food Track Winner)

Learn more about the New York State Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) https://nybpc.org/

Business Plan 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. Hosting the regional competition at Marist College, student teams will have a unique opportunity to present their business plan ideas, work with mentors, and receive valuable feedback.

 

New York Business Plan Competition

“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

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 NYBPC will award $100k in prize money.

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 7,000 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 since.

From the New York Business Plan Competition, more than 100 businesses have been started, and the NYBPC has seeded over $150M, yielding over $20M in additional funding for these startups.

NYBPC Grand Prize Finals! The statewide entrepreneurship competition will culminate with a live, in-person event on April 25, 2024, as part of Upstate Capital’s event, Venture NY. This is New York’s premier event for angel investors, early-stage companies, and innovation ecosystem partners. For more information on the NYBPC finals and registration, use this link. NYBPC Finals - Upstate Capital

  • Startup pitches and investor networking
  • Panels and workshops on early stage investing and funding for companies
  • Grand prize finals for the NYBPC with $30,000 in cash prizes awarded


 

Check back frequently for updates.  Contact Roberta Diggins at roberta.diggins@marist.edu or Cynthia Worrad at cynthia.worrad@marist.edu with any questions or to be added to our contact listings for regional colleges/universities, judges, mentors or sponsors. 

Information and Resources - check back for 2024 updates

Join the elite group of winners of the MHRBPC.

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, and sophistication with thoroughly researched presentations leading to successful ideas.