Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition

2023 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

The 11th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition
will be hosted at Marist College on March 31, 2023

Student Applications for the MHRBPC are now open!
Application here



The eleventh annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

will be hosted at Marist College, on Friday, March 31, 2023. The top two winning teams in each track at the regional competitions will have the opportunity to compete in the NYBPC finals, which are judged in three rounds, first round asynchronous judging April 19-24, 2023, then in-person 2nd round and 3rd round New York Business Plan Competition Finals on April 27, 2023.



Competition Tracks for 2023 Competitions: 


  • Safety, Power & Mobility: Defense, Energy, First Responder, Infrastructure, Mobility & Transportation 
  • Health & Wellbeing: Health IT, Life Science, Medtech, Wellbeing
  • Food and AgTech: Agricultural Technology, Food Products, Food Service
  • Learn, Work & Play: Education, Entertainment, Gaming, Media, Art
  • Products & Hardware: general track for ventures with business models that may not apply to other tracks
  • Services and Software: general track for ventures with business models that may not apply to other tracks


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.


Learn more about the 2023 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

Check out the Information Session and Presentation tab for updates and information.


The "Perfect Your Pitch" and Mentoring Information Session was held on February 1, 2023.

Click here for a recording of this session. 

This session included a brief overview of the MHRBPC, updates for the student application process, and a "Perfect Your Pitch" Presentation on how to communicate persuasively.


On March 1, 2023, join us to hear from a panel of past business plan competition winners. “Ask the Experts!” 

March 1, 2023, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Register here. Registration is required for this virtual event.
If the registration link is not working, please use the URL below for March 1st “Ask the Experts!” session.


Former students and winners of the MHRBPC and NYBPC will share their experiences encountered during the different phases of the competition, including developing their business idea and plan, the support they received from college advisors and community mentors, pitching to a panel of judges, building their entrepreneurial network, and what they are doing now including decisions and steps to launch their business.  

2020 MHRBPC and NYBPC Winner Christina Byrde from team NightCap, who will share her experience of winning in the Agtech & Food track, 1st Place at the regional level and 2nd place at the NY state level, when she was a student at Iona University.  Learn about her business venture and tips to prepare, present and answer judges’ questions during the competition.

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 an electronic copy of the MHRBPC timeline, click here.

Read the 2023 NYBPC Rulebook - The rulebook has everything you need to know about competing in the 2022-2023 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) Bio-Spire: Tiana Salomon, University of Rochester (2022 1st Place Track Winner)


Congratulations to the 2022 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition 1st and 2nd place teams. 

VIEW here for additional information about the 2022 MHRBPC teams. See their story!


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 competition once again on a virtual platform in 2023, 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



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, with the 2023 Grand Prize winner receiving $35,000.

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.

Check back for registration for the NYBPC Grand Prize Finals! The statewide entrepreneurship competition will culminate with a live, in-person event on April 27, 2023, 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.

  • Startup pitches and investor networking
  • Panels and workshops on early-stage investing and funding for companies
  • Syracuse Innovation Tour featuring the Salt City Market, the Tech Garden and more
  • Grand prize finals for the NYBPC with $30,000 in cash prizes awarded
  • Keynote conversation with Seth Levine from the Foundry
  • Group, and co-author Elizabeth MacBride on their book, “The New Builders”


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

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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.