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New York City Business Plan Competition

2021 Event Summary

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On Friday, April 9, 2021, the NYC Innovation Hot Spot hosted the New York City Regional Business Plan Competition (BPC)!

The regional semifinals are hosted by local partner colleges and universities, and the top teams from each of the 10 regions advance to the final round of the statewide competition. 12 NYC student-teams advanced this year to compete in the Statewide Competition!

Stay tuned for the next NYC-BPC Spring 2022!

NYC-BPC Student-Team Statewide Winners 2021

Congratulations to our New York City student-team winners of the Statewide New York Business Plan Competition. The Statewide Final Competition took place at the VentureNY event, hosted by Upstate Capital, on May 6-7, 2021
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3 NYC Special Awards:

Social Entrepreneurship Award - Grandma's House, Touro College
Venture-Backable Business Award - EZ Health, Columbia University
Pandemic Response Award - NorML, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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We would also like to give a special THANK YOU to our Judges and Mentors who participated in the event!


  • Students” are any graduate, undergraduate, and/or community college students enrolled part- or full-time in accredited New York colleges and universities during the current academic year. Students who graduate during the Fall semester are eligible to compete in the competition during the Spring semester. Exchange students are also eligible.

  • Presenters must be eligible students in all stages of the competition.

  • Teams may compete in only one region per year.

  • Students may not participate on more than one team per year.

  • Grand prize winners from previous NYBPC competitions are not eligible to participate in the competition. (They are encouraged to participate as speakers, mentors, volunteers, and judges!) Individual members of winning teams may return with new teams in subsequent years.

  • Cumulative public and private capital raised may not exceed $100,000. This does not include research funding that may have supported the development of the technology in an academic laboratory.

  • The business venture must be at least 80% owned by eligible students

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

What is the application process for NYC-BPC Spring 2021?


All Teams who would like to compete must begin by completing the 2021 Student Application. Applications for NYC-BPC are due March 22, 2021

PLEASE NOTE WHEN APPLYING: For the New York City Regionals (NYC-BPC), you are not required to submit a slide deck or video in the application. 


Who is eligible to compete in the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC)?


Eligible applicants are any graduate, undergraduate, and/or community college students enrolled part- or full-time in accredited New York colleges and universities during the current academic year (2020 - 2021). Students who graduate during the Fall 2020 semester are eligible to compete in the competition during the Spring 2021 semester. Exchange students are also eligible. For full eligibility details, please review page 6 of the NYBPC Rulebook.


What are the additional training sessions? 


For full session details, please review the At A Glance Schedule.


Training #1 – NYC BPC Lean Bootcamp Program 


The Lean Bootcamp Program (LBC) covers Customer Discovery, the Business Model Canvas, specifically Value Propositions and Customer Segments, and Agile Development. Student teams of least one person are required to attend all scheduled workshop sessions. Student teams will be required to conduct a minimum of 20 customer interviews during the course. Student teams will receive exposure to the entrepreneurship process and gain a better understanding of their customers and the value delivered to them.


Cohort Meet and Greet – Monday, March 8th, 2021, 4:00 – 5:00 PM 

Kickoff Day 1 – Wednesday, March 10th, 2021, 1:00 – 5:00 PM 

Kickoff Day 2 – Friday, March 12th, 2021, 1:00 – 3:30 PM 

Mid-Session – Friday, March 19th, 2021, 1:00 – 3:30 PM 

LBC Program Finale – Friday, March 26th, 2021, 1:00 – 4:00 PM 


Training #2 – Supplementary Workshops


Two additional workshops are designed to help NYC-BPC Competition participants before creating their Final presentation for April 9, 2021. The first workshop will describe the Final slide deck requirements, with some additional training on terms. The second workshop will provide tips and training on delivering presentations (in particular, “Pitch Practice”), as well as best practices for creating videos. 


Workshop #1 - March 29, 2021 12:30 – 1:30 PM 

Workshop #2 - March 31, 2021 12:30 – 1:30 PM 


I applied. How do I enroll in the optional training program offered by the NYC-BPC? 


After applying, you will receive an email within 3-5 days from the NYC-BPC Program Team with further details on enrolling. Additionally you may email or to indicate your interest in participating. Please include “NYC-BPC” in your email subject line. Applicants may join only the program or only the workshop(s) or both.


I applied. I would like to only compete at the Regional Event on April 9, 2021.


The training is optional. You will receive an email from the NYC-BPC Program Team on March 22, 2021, the application deadline, with full details on the competition and Final Slide submission instructions. For a preview of what is required in the final slide deck, please review pages 7-8 of the NYBPC Rulebook


I still have questions. What do I do?


Please contact and In addition, we recommend you review the NYBPC Rulebook.

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