March 7, 2014

College to host Regional Business Plan contest


PLATTSBURGH — SUNY Plattsburgh will host the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition on Saturday, March 29, at AuSable Hall, the college’s new business and computer-science building.

And organizers are looking for volunteers to serve as judges, among them business people with entrepreneurial experience, venture capitalists, angel investors or other financial experts.

Undergraduate and graduate students from any accredited North Country college or university are eligible for the competition, which requires students to submit business plans to investors and business people attending the event, Dr. Nancy Church, chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, said in a news release.

Plans can be created in one of six categories: biotechnology and health care; energy and sustainability; information technology and software; nanotechnology and advanced technology; products and services; and social entrepreneurship and nonprofit.

Students are limited to a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation, with five minutes for follow-up questions from the judges.

Winners of the region’s Business Plan contest will advance to the New York State Business Plan Competition, set for April 25 in Albany.

“Competing in a business plan competition helps student entrepreneurs crystallize their business concepts, improve their pitching skills and gain confidence interacting with potential investors,” Church said.

SUNY Plattsburgh and Clarkson University are in the second year of a three-year partnership to co-host the competition. 

Established in 2010, it has awarded more than $300,000 in cash and prizes to contestants.

Students can register for the competition online at by March 17. 

For information on serving as a judge, contact Church at 564-4169 or