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Mid-Hudson Business Plan Competition

Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition: April 17, 2020 at Marist College

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New York Business Plan Competition

May 1, 2020 at Sage Armory in Albany, NY

Our Mission:

The Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition encourages students to learn how to compete, develop a business plan, think like 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.

Come and join others from regional schools. We are encouraging 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.

NOTE: The Hudson Valley Entrepreneur Educators Forum originally scheduled on January 9th is changed to January 10th.  Being held at SUNY New Paltz. 


The eighth annual Mid-Hudson Regional Business Plan Competition is scheduled for Friday, April 17, 2020 at Marist College.  Winners from the regional competition will go on to compete at the state level on May 1, 2020 at the Sage Armory, in Albany, NY.

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.

In 2019, 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.

Marist College 2019 State Winners!

Marist College 2019 State Winners!

Congratulations to team members Victor Adaun, Divine Moses, Blessing Afisi-Daniels, Ruby Njonde, and Dumebi Akukwe for their 2nd place, $2,500 win in the Energy and the Environment track Just Plastic”.

Dana Jones, David Cantu, Jennifer Gunther, Madison McKenney and Travis Biro of team “Piv-It” for their award and $500 win for the Med-Tech and Well Being track.


Industry Categories

Students participating in the 2020 regional and state competitions will compete in the following six tracks and may enter individually or in teams. 

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

At the regional level, with support from Marist College and area sponsors, cash prizes will be 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.