GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $500,000 STUDENT BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications are now available for the fifth annual New York Business Plan Competition. Deadlines are fast approaching for student teams from across the state to apply for the chance to win more than $500,000 in total prizes as part of the upcoming regional competitions and the statewide final round which will be held at CNSE on April 25. The competition is being sponsored by SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), in collaboration with Title Sponsors SEFCU and the State University of New York (SUNY).

Presented by CNSE in partnership with the University at Albany School of Business and Syracuse University, more than $500,000 in prizes is available to the top student-led startups from accredited colleges and universities throughout New York State. Each team will pitch a business idea to a panel of judges that includes national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs. More than 60 colleges and universities are expected to participate from across New York. Interested students are encouraged to submit their business plans for innovations related to areas that include nanotechnology/advanced technology, energy/sustainability, biotechnology/healthcare, information technology/software, products/services, and social entrepreneurship/non-profit. More than 20 institutions will host the semi-final round of competitions in 10 New York State regions.

More New York Business Plan Competition information, including the date and location of each regional competition, an online application, and filing deadlines by region can be found at http://www.sunycnse.com/NewYorkBusinessPlanCompetition/2014Program.aspx.