Start-Up Competition 2017

NOW April 20th, 2018!
The Blackstone LaunchPad at UAlbany is pleased to announce this year’s Student Business Plan Competition. Winners will receive prize money for their startup business.

Last year over 60 student teams entered from many different majors. The pitches generated a lot of excitement and interest from the university, community, businesses, judges, etc. Participating students learned a great deal from how to make a pitch in minutes to handling a Sharktank environment with questioning judges’. The counsel and coaching through the whole process was invaluable.

This year we are looking again for venture/startup ideas, products or services. This is an opportunity to pitch your venture idea and win prizes to support your startup. Students from all University disciplines/departments are invited to participate and any student may submit a proposal under any area. The proposals can include these categorized by the following Domain Specific Areas:

Sciences (Psychology, Sociology and Social Work)

Computer, Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences

Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Business

Education, Fine Arts, Ethnic Studies, Language and Humanities

Physical Sciences, Public Health, Biology and RNA

Example: Build Counseling Services Practice

Example: Establish Application Development Company

Example: Offer Digital Security Consulting

Example: Retail Creative Fabric Designs for Interior Decoration

Example: Promote Weather Prediction Application


The Blackstone LaunchPad at UAlbany Student Business Plan Competition consists of two stages: Domain Specific Pitch and University-wide Final Pitch. At the first stage teams will compete within an Academic Area as defined in the chart above. A total of around $8,750 will be awarded at the Domain Specific Pitch competition. For the University-wide Final Pitch, the top winning teams will compete against each other. Three prizes totaling about $8,500 will be awarded in the University-wide Final Pitch competition. All participants will receive Blackstone LaunchPad at UAlbany “gear”.