CNY Regional Business Plan Competition

Students Applications are open for the 2023-2024 CNY Regional and NYBPC – Apply Now to compete! Applications close March 1, 2024.

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The 2024 New York Business Plan Competition will feature regional competitions in New York’s ten geographic zones – Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City and Long Island - followed by a final, statewide competition with three rounds, leading to the Finals on April 25, 2024. Regional competition dates vary, but take place March - April.

Event Details

Date: Friday, March 22, 2024
Location: SUNY Oswego Syracuse Campus, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY 13202
Event Location Link
Registration: Noon to 1 p.m.
Competition: 1 – 4 p.m.

Key Dates

  • January 5, 2024: NYSBPC Opens
  • March 1, 2024: Applications Due (Executive Summary & Application)
  • March 18, 2024: Regional Pitch Materials Due (Video, Executive Summary, Slide Deck)
  • March 22, 2024: CNY Regional Qualifier Competition
  • April 9, 2024: NYSBPC Round 1 (CNY Regional Winners submit materials)
  • April 17, 2024: NYSBPC Round 1 Winners Announced
  • April 25, 2024 (morning): NYSBPC Round 2 (in person, Albany NY)
  • April 25, 2024 (afternoon): NYSBPC Finals (in person, Albany NY)


Tuesday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
The New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the New York Business Plan Competition are hosting a Statewide Informational Webinar for students and judges about the competition.

Friday, February 9 at 1 p.m.
A webinar all about the New York State Competition. > Link - This is for potential students, judges, supporters, volunteers, campus professionals, interested parties to learn about the NYBPC program and to get details about this year's competition.


2024 Rule Book NYS & CNY Regional Competition

2024 NYBPC & CNY Regional Rulebook
The rulebook has everything you need to know about competing in the 2023-2024 New York Business Plan Competition.

2024 Judging Rubric NYS & CNY Regional Competition

2024 Judging Rubric

2024 Slide Deck Template NYS & CNY Regional Competition

NYBPC Presentation Suggestions: Slide Deck Template

2024 Executive Summary Template NYS & CNY Competition

Executive Summary Template

2023 Examples of Presentations NYSBPC

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)

Competition Categories/Tracks

  • Safety, Power & Mobility: Defense, Energy First Responder, Infrastructure, Mobility & Transportation

  • Health & Wellbeing: Health IT, Life Science, Medtech, Wellbeing

  • Food & Agtech: Agricultural Technology, Food Product, 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

  • Software & Services: General track for ventures with business models that may not apply to other tracks


Full time and part time students that are currently enrolled or were enrolled in the 2023-2024 academic calendar year, including those who graduated in December or another month, are eligible to compete.

All presenters must be eligible students in all stages of the competition. You may have team members or advisors who are not students who work with your team. For business ventures that are incorporated, your business must be majority student-owned (more than 50%). For teams that are unincorporated, the majority of contributions need to come from students, such that should an organization become incorporated, the organization would be majority student-owned.


CNY Participating Schools

Students apply to compete in the semifinal regional competition based on location of school, including:

  • Cayuga Community College

  • Colgate University

  • LeMoyne College

  • Onondaga Community College

  • SUNY Cortland


  • SUNY Morrisville

  • SUNY Oswego

  • SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Syracuse University

  • Wells College

Don't see your school on the list but are located in the CNY region? For more information, email

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