Our annual NYSHSBPC offers high school students an opportunity to showcase their business plan in an educationally-competitive environment. 

At this all day event held at Siena College in Albany, NY students present their ideas in front of their peers and judges (successful entrepreneurs, business men and women, institutional faculty) with the latter providing valuable feedback.

Students will gain:

This culminates in an awards ceremony at the end of the day where prizes and scholarships will be awarded.

For more information, please contact Ellyn ford at ellynf@ceg.org

What’s New

We’ve adopted the Lean Startup Methodology therefore we are now known as the New York State High School Business Model Competition. To support this transition, we will offer guidance through informational videos that are posted below!

About

The mission of the New York State High School Business Model Competition is to provide an opportunity for teams of entrepreneurial high school students to express ideas in an educationally competitive environment. Students will gain valuable skills such as, but not limited to, working as a team (1-4 students), communicating their ideas both written and verbal, receiving constructive feedback and broadening their horizons by interacting with peers outside of their own community. There is no cost to participate.
We welcome all former participants and encourage new participants to experience the opportunity to express business ideas in an educationally competitive environment.

Some examples of benefits to students are:

For information regarding the 2018 High School Business Plan Competition, please contact Ellyn Ford at CEG.

Helpful Information & Resources:

Official Rules | Judging Rubric

Presentation Guideline

Customer Discovery – Why & How

Let’s Talk About the Canvas Pt 1Value Proposition, customer segments & customer archetype

Let’s Talk About the Canvas Pt 2:  Channels & customer relationships

Let’s Talk About the Canvas Pt 3: Key activities, partners & resources

Let’s Talk About the Canvas Pt 4: Revenue & expense

Steps to uploading a YouTube video

Informational Videos: What is the Business Model Canvas | Nine Components of the Business Model Canvas | How to conduct customer interviews | Safe Way to Customer Discovery

2016 Competition Results

The 2016 High School Business Plan Competition, presented by the Center for Economic Growth, hosted by Siena College was a success! This years competition saw student participation almost double – we had 24 teams ( 65 students) from Alexandria Bay, NY to Bergen County NJ.

We’re so grateful that:

2016 NYS HS Business Award Winners

1st Place: Seaway Farms, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Using innovative farming techniques to grow environmentally clean produce.
2nd Place: Microbe IS, Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ
Using bacteria to decompose PET plastic bottles in landfills
3rd Place: Minute Brush, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
A toothbrush mouth insert shaped like a retainer.

Specialty Awards

Most Socially Beneficial: Tatum Wilkson, Clean Technologies Early College High School, Ballston Spa, NY
A biodegradable wine bottle encouraging sustainability from it’s packaging to it’s product.
Most Globally Orientated: Kyle Hudson, Clean Technologies Early College High School, Ballston Spa, NY
Using fingerprint scanners to track terrorists’ movements globally
Best Use of Emerging Technology: Renewable Energy Crossing Solutions, Shaker High School, Latham, NY
A solution to protect drivers at train crossings without safety gates
Best Positioning Statement: Atlas, Shaker High School, Latham, NY
A remotely operated data gathering balloon to aid in search and rescue missions
Best Financial Analysis: Sureet, Young Entreprenuers Academy
Producing gluten free Indian bread flour for the niche cultural market
Most Competitor Savvy: Safe Home Solutions, Shaker High School, Latham, NY
A technology used to protect consumers from residential fires

Funding Partners