Track Definitions Determined by New York State

Six different tracks, as determined by New York State, are available for student ventures at the regional and state level competitions. Each team has 10 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions and answers from the judging panel.

The track definitions for 2019 are:

AgTech & Food

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service that relates to agriculture, food production or distribution, or food waste.
  • Examples:  tea subscription box, crop management software, composting service, protein shakes, craft beer or alcoholic beverages, food prep subscription boxes.

Energy & Environment

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service, not included in any previous category, that relates to energy, clean energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental, and/or sustainability applications.
  • Examples:   Recycling technology, LED manufacturing technology, lithium ion batteries, clean energy crowdfunding service.

Military & First Responder

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service, not included in any previous category, that relates to the needs of utility workers, military, first responders, government applications or transportation industry.
  • Examples:   high temperature safety clothes, utility inspection software, drone technology, fleet management and routing software.

MedTech & Well-Being

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service, not included in any previous category that relates to biotech, sports, medical care or well-being, including mental health.
  • Examples:   new method for testing pharmaceuticals, physical therapy massager, implant technology, suicide prevention apps, and skin care solutions.

Technology & Entertainment

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service, not included in any previous category, that relates to consumer software/online platforms, cryptocurrency, entertainment, fintech, or music.
  • Examples:   an app that helps pair potential roommates, a website/app that uses social media to collect payments from friends, a web service designed to tailor resumes for specific jobs, a file sharing service, software platform for salon management.

Consumer Products & Services

  • Any idea, technology, process, product, and/or service, not included in any previous category, that relates to generally intended for use by individuals or households.
  • Examples:   designer eyewear, custom vending machines, camera backpack, fashion subscription box, or custom clothing design.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to apply for and participate in the competition, all teams must meet the following criteria:

  • “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 still eligible to compete in the competition during the spring semester.
  • Student(s) must be the presenter(s) 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 years’ competitions are no longer eligible to participate in the competition. They are encouraged to participate as speakers, mentors, volunteers, and judges. Individual members of the winning team may return with new teams in subsequent years.

The following rules apply to teams with incorporated ventures:

  • 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 percent owned by students.

The New York Business Plan Competition reserves the right to withhold prize money from winning teams who do not comply with the eligibility requirements.
 

Sponsorships

The regional competition is made possible due to the dedicated sponsorship of businesses across the North Country. This year’s sponsorships include:

Contributor

SLHS-Logo

Supporting Sponsor

The Development Corp
Aramark Logo
Community Bank Logo

Mojoe Logo
The Shipley Center Logo

Friend Sponsors

Watertown Saving Bank Logo
ACCO Brands logo
ARCONIC Logo

Clarkson Inn Logo
Hodson Russ Logo

NC Savings Bank Logo
Parker Maple Logo