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Frequently Asked Questions

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The following are frequently asked questions. If you are not able to find the answer to your questions or if you would like further information, please email equity@clarkson.edu.

What are the dates of this year's competition?
How do I apply to the competition?
Who is eligible to apply to the competition?
What are the application requirements?
How many people are selected each year?
What is the Young Entrepreneurs Program?
What is the Young Innovators Program?
How do I apply to Clarkson?

What are the dates of this year's competition?

The dates have tentatively been scheduled and are subject to change:

  • 1/30/15: Applications Due
  • 2/6/15: Finalists Notified
  • 2/27/15: Competition Date


How do I apply to the competition?
All applications must be completed online.  Applicants will create a login and may save and edit their application up until the point of submission. Once an application has been submitted it can no longer be edited.  Late applications will not be accepted and only completed applications will be reviewed.


Who is eligible to apply to the competition?
Any current or prospective Clarkson University student is eligible to apply for the competition.  If you are not currently enrolled at Clarkson, you must apply to the University in order to be eligible for the competition.

What are the application requirements?
Application requirements include a brief description of your business or patentable idea, a completed business plan, and a 90 second or less video that answers the question "Who am I, outside of my business?"

How many people are selected each year?
Up to ten finalists are selected to come to campus to participate in the Business Plan Competition each year.  Of the ten finalists, up to five will be chosen as Young Entrepreneurs or Young Innovators.

What is the Young Entrepreneurs Program?
Young Entrepreneurs are identified through the yearly business plan competition; they are students who have demonstrated success in operating a business venture.   These students attend Clarkson without payment of tuition for the remainder of their four-year undergraduate careers through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the University’s acquisition of a 10% ownership interest in their business ventures at fair market value. The students remain responsible for other costs incurred in connection with attendance, including expenses such as housing, meals, books and supplies.  In addition, students also receive weekly guidance from faculty and staff of the Reh Center, office space in our Peyton Hall incubator, and Clarkson alumni mentors.

What is the Young Innovators Program?
Young Innovators are identified through the yearly business plan competition; they are students who have some form of intellectual property (e.g. provisional patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, etc.) or who have built a business on an innovative idea.   These students attend Clarkson without payment of tuition for the remainder of their four-year undergraduate careers through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the University’s acquisition of a 10% ownership interest in their business ventures at fair market value. The students remain responsible for other costs incurred in connection with attendance, including expenses such as housing, meals, books and supplies.  In addition, students also receive weekly guidance from faculty and staff of the Shipley Center, office space in our Peyton Hall incubator, and Clarkson alumni mentors.

How do I apply to Clarkson?
Please visit the University's application page to apply.

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