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Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition

At the 2020 New York Business Plan State Competition held on May 22, 2020 , students representing the Mid-Hudson region made an impressive showing winning in several categories.  The winning schools include Iona College, Marist College, SUNY New Paltz and US Military Academy at West Point. Please congratulate our winners.

 

 

 

Marist hosts the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition (MHRBPC)

Marist College hosted the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition on April 17, 2020 on a virtual platform and welcomed 33 teams, with over 90 students, from ten different colleges in the Mid-Hudson region which included: Bard College, Iona College, Marist College, Rockland Community College, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Purchase, Touro Graduate School of Technology, United States Military Academy at West Point, Vassar College and Westchester Community College

Roger Norton, Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College welcomed participants to the 8th Annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition and acknowledged that he was disappointed in not being able to host the students at Marist’s beautiful campus but provided a virtual campus tour. He also spoke of how the School of Computer Science and Mathematics has had a long-standing entrepreneurial spirit and talked about the accomplishments of many of our alumni. Dean Norton recognized Marist was not alone in exhibiting the entrepreneurial spirit as shown by the enthusiasm and accomplishments displayed at this event.  

Roger Norton's Welcome Video

 

With support from Marist College and area sponsors, cash prizes were awarded to the first and second-place teams in each category. These winners will move on to compete at the state level. Congratulations to the following team members and advisors from their respective colleges who won first and second place in six different tracks at the regional competition.  

 

Team

College

Students

Agricultural Technology and Food

 

 

1st

NightCap

Iona College

Christina Bryde

2nd

Golden Tomato Enterprise

Marist College

Charlotte Uwimana

2nd

Golden Tomato Enterprise

Marist College

Jeremiah Furia

Energy & Environment

 

 

1st

EVITAL

Iona College

Raymond Carapella

1st

EVITAL

Marist College

Michaela Ceci

2nd

No Waste Left Behind

Marist College

Emily Labdon

2nd

No Waste Left Behind

Marist College

Jacquelin Lamoureaux

2nd

No Waste Left Behind

Marist College

Klea Hasaj

Military & First Responder

 

 

1st

Delta-Kinetic Resistance Training Technology

Westpoint

Brendan Brown

1st

Delta-Kinetic Resistance Training Technology

Westpoint

Harrison Jones

1st

Delta-Kinetic Resistance Training Technology

Westpoint

Liam Stills

2nd

Flynn's Customized Transporation

SUNY Rockland

Dylan Flynn

Medical Technology and Well- Being

 

 

1st

sKooled on sKillz

SUNY New Paltz

Brenden Boughton

1st

sKooled on sKillz

SUNY New Paltz

Joe DaSilva

1st

sKooled on sKillz

SUNY New Paltz

Dana Denoyelles

1st

sKooled on sKillz

SUNY New Paltz

Tahoor Fatima

2nd

Mountain GOAT Guides

SUNY New Paltz

James Variano

2nd

Mountain GOAT Guides

SUNY New Paltz

Justin Frascati

2nd

Mountain GOAT Guides

SUNY New Paltz

Kevin Adinolfi

2nd

Mountain GOAT Guides

SUNY New Paltz

Tom Coffey

Technology & Entertainment

 

 

1st

Giving Smiles

Iona College

Amanda McCormack

2nd

You Tutorials

SUNY New Paltz

Sophia Romano-Clinton

2nd

You Tutorials

SUNY New Paltz

Shaina Schuster

2nd

You Tutorials

SUNY New Paltz

Zach Yahya

2nd

You Tutorials

SUNY New Paltz

Peter Campbell

Consumer Products and Services

 

 

1st

/stelTH/

Marist College

Rae Crescas

1st

/stelTH/

Marist College

Lisa Giulianelli

1st

/stelTH/

Marist College

Shantelle Clark

2nd

Cahoots Co.

Bard College

Eliza Edge

2nd

Cahoots Co.

Bard College

Stephanie Erwin

2nd

Cahoots Co.

Bard College

Lindsey Strange

 

This year, unlike any previous years, the Mid-Hudson region, as well as the other regions in NY, were challenged and faced with a decision to go to an online format. With the support of most of the regions, the NY State organizers, and Marist College, a mutual decision was made to use a virtual platform in a relatively short period of time. Interestingly, the Mid-Hudson region had 33 teams register to compete virtually which was more participation, than in most of the regions in NY state. “We anticipated a drop in participation this year because our submission deadline was at the same time as when the COVID-19 crisis seemed to really hit the U.S.  Students were being sent home for spring break, were told they may not be coming back to campus and needed to adjust to finishing their course work online”, stated Cynthia Worrad, Assistant Dean of the School of Computer Science and Mathematics at Marist College.   Ms. Worrad continued by stating, “To our surprise, the response by the students was enthusiastic and determined to compete this year even with all the challenges they were facing. It inspired us all to provide the best experience possible for these creative and talented students. We are so proud of their hard work and determination”. 

The student competitors brought excitement and motivation which removed us from the constant reminder of the COVID-19 crisis.  Many of the advisors noted that this competition provided a diversion that students needed. Roberta Diggins, co-coordinator of the MHRBPC said “new challenges seem to rise every day but as long as we can rise to meet these challenges, we can be proud of our successes.”

Marist’s President Dennis Murray opened the award’s ceremony and greeted over 120 people on WebEx. He spoke of the history of the college and invited everyone to visit during better times. New York State Senator Sue Serino, addressed the group by video. Serino has been a constant supporter of this event, the entrepreneurial spirit and the opportunities it brings, not only to the Mid-Hudson area but to all of the regions in New York state. Awards were given virtually and lots of congratulatory e-mails followed. We are so proud of all the student competitors. 

By video, New York State Senator Sue Serino congratulated the winners of the MHRBPC. She stated that this was one of her favorite events to address, especially since she started as a small business owner many years ago. She recognized that students are the next generation of leaders and she looks forward to seeing where their new and clever ideas take us in the future. We appreciate her unwavering support for this event.

Senator Sue Serino's Congratulations video

 

This event was made possible by the generosity of our sponsors. We would like to thank sponsors TD Bank, Marist College’s School of Computer Science and Mathematics, Marist College’s School of Management, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation, Hudson Valley Startup Fund, Small Ball Marketing and SCORE.

Congratulations to our 2020 Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition Winners!

2020 MHRBPC 1st Place Teams

Our Mission:

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition encourages students to learn how to compete, develop a business plan, think like an entrepreneur, and transform their idea into a new business venture while providing them with tools, funding, and resources available in the New York state area.

We are encouraged student teams from colleges and universities across all seven counties (Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester) of our region to compete for the opportunity to move on to the statewide competition in Albany.

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition (MHRBPC) has grown each year with increased enthusiasm from regional colleges and their teams of passionate student entrepreneurs.  Students have “Perfected their Pitch” showing passion, sophistication, and commitment, turning ideas into reality.  Just ask Dana Jones of Marist College who won two years in a row at the state level showing her entrepreneurial spirit promoting two new business ideas.

 

This year, up to $87,000 will be awarded to up to 30 teams at the NYS Competition!

The competition starts with students competing in all 10 regions across the state in March and April, and culminates with finalists from each region competing at the state level for recognition and prize money in May. 

 

New York Business Plan Competition

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition, along with the New York State competition, represents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurial students to engage with business and government leaders, angel investors, venture capitalists, and public investors, and get invaluable feedback for the potential launch of their business venture.  Though the competition will be held through a virtual platform, we hope to provide the opportunity for students to present their business plan ideas and receive valuable feedback.

In 2020, the top teams from each region were invited to pitch at the statewide final competition where more than $85,000 in prize money was awarded to 30 teams across 6 tracks. Over 1,000 students from all 10 regions (Mid-Hudson, New York City, Long Island, Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, North Country, Central New York, Southern Tier, Western New York, and the Finger Lakes) competed in regional competitions.

From the New York Business Plan Competition, more than 100 businesses have been started, and the NYBPC has seeded over $1M, yielding over $20M in additional funding for these startups.

Industry Categories

Students participated in the 2020 regional competition in the following six tracks and competed in teams or individually.

  • Agricultural Technology & Food
  • Energy & Environment
  • Military & First Responders
  • MedTech & Well-Being
  • Technology & Entertainment
  • Consumer Products & Services

At the regional level, with support from Marist College and area sponsors, cash prizes were awarded to the first- and second-place teams in each category.

Information and Resources

Fifty teams from eight schools competed for cash prizes and the opportunity to compete at the NYS competition in Albany
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Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business plan competition has evolved each year with more representation from schools across the seven counties and over the years, the students have "Perfected their Pitch" showing passion, sophistication with thoroughly researched presentations leading to successful ideas.