2017 WNY student 2 biz challenge
The WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge is a collaborative effort between the 21 colleges and universities of the Consortium and promotes entrepreneurship between student teams along six categories:
- Information Technology/Software
- Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit
- Clean Technology
- Advanced Technology
For full descriptions of each category, click on 2017 Rule Book and go to page 10.
Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students from Western New York colleges and universities are encouraged to submit business plans around a student-born innovation that is designed for a currently unmet need. Teams are invited each year to pitch their venture to an external panel of investor judges at the New York Business Plan Competition. Teams should consist of one to a maximum of six members, excluding the adviser. Students from different academic areas are encouraged to work together to create the strongest team possible. One faculty member is required to be listed as an adviser for the team; offering guidance, support, and technical expertise.
The Student 2 Biz Challenge is championed by The WNY Consortium of Higher Education. After our regional competition on April 7, 2017, Winners participated in the New York State competition in Albany on April 28, 2015. The format for the regional competition is the same as the finals. Each team has 10 minutes to pitch, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A with the panel of judges. There is general consistency with this format across all regional competitions. The competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Each group must have a faculty adviser. With over $500,000 in prizes and an incredible up-welling of entrepreneurial energy in Western New York, we are excited about the possibility of taking home a statewide award!
In the summer of 2017, a number of WNY winners will be offered a opportunity to incubate their businesses for up to a year on their home campuses. Each incubated team will be connected with college faculty, institutional resources, and a team of five external mentors to support the development of their business. The goal is to help launch student businesses grounded in innovation, research, and strong mentorship while providing an economic boost to the the WNY economy.
2017 Presenting Sponsor
student information for regional competition
Regional competition information
Day of the event information (2016)
- Participant Packet for Day of Event (Includes Agenda)! COMING IN LATE MARCH
- Directions to Hilbert and the William E Swan Auditorium
- Parking will be readily available behind Swan Auditorium.
- Click: Online Application to register for the regional competition.
- Judge's Packet for Day of Event (Includes Agenda)! COMING IN LATE MARCH
- Judges' Criteria for Competition
- 2017 Competition Rule Book
- Helpful Resources, UB Henry A. Penasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
- Sample Format and Contents for the New York State Business Plan Competition
- Sample Business Plan Proposal: Softgrip Robotics
National information for student entrepreneurs
- Launch NY has a wide range of tools for Start Ups, Investors, Seeking Investment Opportunities, and Resources for Entrepreneurs.
- Enactus Site: Enactus is a community of student, academic and business leaders
committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to enable human
progress. We establish student programs on campuses across the nation.
Enactus students apply business concepts to develop community outreach projects, transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.
- Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization
- Sample PowerPoint: Pawraiser
- Videos of the University at Buffalo Elevator Pitch Competition 2013 and 2014
- Entrepreneurial Programs on the 21 WNY College and University Campuses
- Buffalo Startup Weekend! A great way to test your ideas and learn from the best of the best.
- For more information you can email Steven J. Harvey, Ph.D., Executive Director of the WNY Consortium of Higher Education
- Questions to Consider When Formulating Your Idea
student information for NYS competition
- New York State Business Plan Web Site
- New York Sate Business Plan Judges
- New York State Business Plan Sponsors
- New York State Business Plan Regional Partners
- New York State Business Plan History
- New York State Business Plan Testimonials
- Contact List of Campus Contacts for the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge
- Roles of Campus Champions and Faculty Advisers
- PRESS RELEASE: WINNERS OF 2015, 3RD ANNUAL WNY STUDENT 2 BIZ CHALLENGE
- PRESS RELEASE: 2015, 3RD ANNUAL WNY STUDENT 2 BIZ CHALLENGE
- 2014 Regional winners!!!!
- Press Release for 2014 Winners