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NY Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) –  Final Competition April 26th in Albany

NYBC is one of the largest collegiate business plan competitions in the world.  The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in one of the partner colleges and universities. Applications were due March 17th.

Teams compete head-to-head against winners from ten major regions of New York: Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Western New York, Mid-Hudson, New Your City and Long Island.   Cornell competes within the Southern Tier region for which the 2019 semifinal round will be conducted at Binghamton University.  Winners of the regional semifinal competition will proceed to the 26 April statewide final competition in Albany.

Big Idea Competition 2019, conducted 12 April

 Non-profit category winners:

  • FarmVal received  $3000 cash award for First Place
  • LoonMesh received $1000 cash award for Second Place
  • Unbound received $500 for Third Place

For-Profit category winners:

  • Zing received $3000 cash award for First Place
  • Veteran’s Solutions received $1000 award for Second Place
  • FarmFinder received $500 award for Third Place

The Big Idea Competition is for Cornell undergraduates who have a great idea for a for-profit or non-profit enterprise. All ideas are welcome; no business plan is required. The BIG Idea Competition Finale takes place as part of Celebration in April. Participants have three minutes to present in front of a  live audience of peers, faculty, entrepreneurs, and distinguished guests. The winners will be selected based upon a combination of rankings by judges and audience popular vote. Prizes and other details.

BenDaniel Venture Challenge 2019, conducted 11 April

  • First Place with $25,000 award – One Three Biotech
  • Second Place with $5,000 award – EINO
  • Third Place with $1,000 award – Xallent

This is one of Cornell University’s most prestigious business plan competition open to teams with New York State or Cornell University affiliation. BenDaniel Venture Challenge is sponsored by  Big Red Ventures (BRV), Johnson’s early-stage venture capital fund operated entirely by a team of MBA students.


Cornell Engineering Innovation Award Competition  – spring semester

Innovation teams may include a broad range of students from across the entire university and from all levels – undergraduate to the Ph.D. candidate. However, as an undergraduate-focused competition, undergraduate students from the College of Engineering must constitute a majority of each participating team. Cash Prizes and other details from the prior year’s event.

Hospitality Business Plan Competition – spring semester

The Hospitality Business Plan Competition provides an experiential learning opportunity to rising entrepreneurs looking to make their mark on the hospitality industry. The competition kicks off at the start of the academic year and culminates in early spring with the submission of final business plans and group presentations. The winners are announced during Hotel Ezra Cornell. Cash prizes over $35,000 are awarded to the top three teams! Open to the public.

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For a listing of additional, external entrepreneurship contests, quick pitch events, and business plan competitions conducted around the world, BPC is a valuable resource to bookmark.