New York State High School Business Model Competition
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:
practical entrepreneurial & communication skills
an understanding of what their peers are developing
an opportunity to improve their business model
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 email@example.com
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!
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:
- Producing a credible business plan and presenting your case persuasively (thereby significantly enhancing an ability to secure funding)
- Improving key transferable skills such as written and public speaking, collaboration, experience reacting to on the spot challenging questions
- Receiving support and critical independent analysis of their business model, access to potential mentors
- Opportunity to experience what their peers are developing outside of their own community
For information regarding the 2018 High School Business Plan Competition, please contact Ellyn Ford at CEG.
Helpful Information & Resources:
Let’s Talk About the Canvas Pt 1: Value 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
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:
- 36 business men and women, entrepreneurs, and mentors volunteer as coaches and judges
- 8 Stack Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Siena College students volunteered as coaches, while 2 assisted us with IT support
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.
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