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North Country Regional Competition
 April 11, 2015

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THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 29!!!

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*Registrations must be completed in one sitting and cannot be edited once submited.  We suggest you write your application in word and copy your answers into the form when you are ready. Download this form to prepare.  When you are ready, registrations must be submitted online through the registration site by midnight on March 29, 2015.

BACKGROUND
Established in 2010, the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), has awarded more than $800,000 in cash and prizes during the first four years of the competition and is now one of the largest collegiate business competitions in the country.

New York State has initiated regional semi-final business plan competitions aligned with the ten Regional Economic Development Councils.  Clarkson University has partnered with SUNY Plattsburgh to co-host the North Country regional competition.  The 2015 competition will be held at Clarkson University.

CATEGORIES
Six different tracks are available for student ventures for this year's competition; each team will have 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q&A from the judges. The sample presentation guide shows the important information you should include and remember that the faculty at your school are great resources to help you work through many of these questions!

  • Biotechnology / Healthcare
    Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to healthcare, biomedical, pharmaceutical, and/or life science applications.
  • Energy / Sustainability
    Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to energy, clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, and/or sustainability applications.
  • Information Technology / Software
    Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to apps, informational technology, software, and/or internet applications. All teams using apps, regardless of the application and/or service that it offers, fall into the Information Technology/Software category.
  • Nanotechnology / High Tech
    Any idea, technology, product, and/or service that relates to materials science not applicable to Biotechnology/Healthcare and Energy/Sustainability, advanced hardware, semiconductors, optics, and/or electronics applications.
  • Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit
    Any idea, product, and/or service that relates to social entrepreneurship and/or non-profit applications.
  • Products / Services
    Any idea, product, and/or service that does not fit any of the other categories falls into the Products/Services category.

PRIZES
In addition to their share of $20,000 in regional prizes, the top 2 winners in each of the following six categories will be able to present at the competition in Albany on April 11, 2015  for over $100,000 in funding.

In each category, regional prizes awarded will be:

First Place - $2,000 and advances to the state competition in Albany
Second Place - $1,000 and advances to the state competition in Albany
Third Place - $500 

ELIGIBILITY
The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) reserves the right to withhold prize money and/or in-kind services from winning teams who do not comply with the eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible to apply for and participate in the NYBPC, all teams must meet the following criteria:

  • Consist entirely of currently enrolled graduate and/or undergraduate students from accredited New York State colleges and universities
  • A faculty or staff member is required to be listed as an advisor for the team; offering guidance, support, and technical expertise
  • Students may not participate on more than 1 team each year of the competition
  • Cumulative public and private capital raised may not exceed $100,000
  • Student ownership of venture must be 100% 

REGISTRATION 
Students are invited to submit their registration for the competition by March 29.

THANK YOU
Generous thanks to our sponsors who have made this event possible for the North Country Region!  Please contact us if you are interested in sponsoring this exciting North Country Regional Event!

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