Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition


The 9th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

April 16, 2021 

Virtual Competition and Awards Ceremony


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. 


Students participating in the 2021 regional and state competitions may enter individually or in teams. 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.


Student Application for 2021 Competition is NOW OPEN!

Click HERE to apply!


Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan (MHRBPC) Application deadline is March 19, 2021. The sooner you apply, the sooner you can get matched up with a mentor and receive valuable support from a knowledgeable entrepreneur and the MHRBPC team. 


Judges & Mentor Application OPEN!

Click HERE

Interested in being a Judge or Mentor for the 2021 MHRBPC or NYBPC?  Visit the Judges page for more details or contact Cynthia Worrad at cynthia.worrad@marist.edu or Roberta Diggins at roberta.diggins@marist.edu.  


Thank you for attending the virtual Information Sessions about the Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition held on Thursday, November 5, 2020 and Wednesday November 11, 2020. If you missed the sessions or want to review them, 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

See 2021 NYBPC Rulebook for details > Rulebook


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 

Roger Norton's Welcome Video

Marist’s President Dennis Murray opened the award’s ceremony and greeted over 120 people on WebEx.

New York State Senator Sue Serino, addressed the group by video. 

Senator Sue Serino's Congratulations video

Awards were given virtually and lots of congratulatory e-mails followed. We are so proud of all the student competitors.


2020 NY State Business Plan Competition Awards

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.




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 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

2020 Business Plan Competition Industry Tracks

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 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.