Our annual New York State High School Business Model Competition offers high school students an opportunity to showcase their business model in an educationally-competitive environment. 

At this all day event held at Siena College in Albany, NY student teams (1-5 members) present their ideas in front of their peers and judges (successful entrepreneurs, business professionals, institutional faculty) culminating in an awards ceremony where prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place as well as 6 specialty awards.

Prior to competition day, teams will upload a video (no longer than 10 minutes) to YouTube where a coach (successful entrepreneurs, business professionals, institutional faculty) will review it and provide feedback. Coaches will be matched with teams according to the subject of the business idea.

Video submission is mandatory for each team registered in the competition.

There is no cost to participate.


Date: March 2021

Students & Teachers,  
We have suspended the NYS High School Business Model Competition until May 2022.

While we’re disappointed, we look forward to being able to provide you and your students with the same high-quality event that we are known for.

Each year we receive more positive feedback from coaches and judges who are impressed with the level of commitment, ideas and skills presented by the students.
Looking forward to 2022 affording us the opportunity to shine a light on your students’ efforts!

Thank you,

Ellyn Ford 

Helpful Information & Resources:

2020 Official Rules

Presentation Guidelines


Video Submission Details

Emergency Contact / Photo Release Form

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 

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

2019 NYS HS Business Model Competition Winners

*First Place Winner $1,000 – Upscales – MyOrientation 

Francis Aiello, Brian Churchill | Shaker High School, Latham, NY

Preventing firefighter disorientation through the use of a fireproof textured shield to be wrapped around a hose so that they can find their way to the outside safely.

*Second Place $300 – Amity Filter

Qianyu (Ann) Nie, Yoriko (Coco) Nishimura, Yijun (Nika) Huang, Prim Budsaratragoon | Emma Willard, Troy, NY

A filter that is worn in the nose that protects you from pollutants, offering an alternative to wearing a mask.

*Third Place $200 – Pressure Point Technologies

Shriya Musuku, Fiona Fitzgerald | Shaker High School, Latham, NY

This recovery tool will reduce physical therapy patients’ recovery time, cost and incorporate instant sensory feedback.

*Rising juniors from the first, second & third place teams are eligible to win the following scholarships: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, NY) Early Entrepreneur Scholarship ( $40,000 (1 available) Siena College (Albany, NY) $20,000 (2 available)


Most Socially Beneficial: SelPac, Shaker High School, Latham NY

Best Positioning Statement: FreshStart, Tech Valley High School

Best Financial Analysis: Driver Deputy, Shaker High School, Latham, NY

Most Globally Orientated: Aura, Guilderland High School, Guilderland, NY

Most Competitor Savvy: Independent Devices, Shaker High School, Latham, NY

Best Use of Emerging Technology: DnM UV-C, Shaker High School, Latham, NY


Some examples of benefits to students are:

 We welcome all former participants and encourage new participants to experience the opportunity to express business ideas in an educationally competitive environment.

2018 Video Interview Series

Check out this series of videos where students, teachers and judges share insights on benefits of entrepreneurship and how to prepare for the NYS High School Business Model Competition.

A successful skill for life

See what Kevin Smith, Technology Teacher at Shaker High School, in Latham, NY has to say about the life long benefits of entrepreneurial thinking.

So, what does motivate you – why are you doing this?

Bruce Toyama, Co-founder of IgniteU, a business accelerator, says if it’s more than just money, you may be on to something!

Be confident, and believe in your product — but also take all the feedback you receive into careful consideration.

Creator of Magnet O Wear, the 2017 winner of the Business Model Competition shares her advice for students entering the competition this year.


Discovering the real needs of your customer means talking to potential customers.

I to I, a team from Emma Willard School, faced rejection but didn’t give up – their message, be brave.

As you go down the entrepreneurial path you learn more about yourself and as I to I found out, learn how to leverage each team member’s strengths.

Meet Steve Lobel, a serial entrepreneur and investor who speaks about entrepreneurship as a form of discovery – what excites you?

To kick off our interview series meet Nick & Chris formerly of Shaker High School who presented Hydro Eye last year and Social Studies Teacher Mr. Lucas Snow, of Clean Technologies Early College High School.

As a presenter, what should the presentation focus on? 

What Hydro Eye learned from their participation in the 2017 competition:

F= Failure, but that’s ok!

What Mr. Snow has to say about failing:

Funding Partners