On May 7, 2021, juries of business and industry professionals from across the country decided on the winners of the 12th Annual New York City Business Plan Competition. Organized by the Upstate Capital Association of New York, the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is New York’s inter-university entrepreneurship competition. This year, the 2021 Grand Prize winner will receive $ 10,000 and the first, second and third place winners will receive cash prizes and ongoing mentorship to advance their student-led projects. In addition, many special awards were presented including the SEFCU MWBE Awards, Social Entrepreneur Award, Veteran Founder Award, Thompson Hine Venture Backable Business Award, and Fuzehub Pandemic Response Award.
Each team has participated in one of the six industry streams: AgTech & Food, Infrastructure, First Responder & Defense, MedTech & Life Sciences, Education & Well-Being, Consumer & Business Products and Software & Services.
Grand Prix 2021 winner
PediCure, Stony Brook University: Creating a More Accessible Nail Clipper
First place winners, by track:
AgTech & Food
Ripely, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: The biggest innovation in the fight against food waste since refrigeration
Consumer and corporate products
Fiction Stop, New York University: Serialized eBook Subscription for Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers
Education & Well-being
PediCure, Stony Brook University: A Convenient and Comfortable Nail Clipper for Aging in Place
Infrastructure, first responder and defense
KLAW Industries, Clarkson University, Binghamton University: Contaminated Glass Process for Concrete Manufacturers
MedTech & Life Sciences
VAMPIRO, Touro College: suction sleeve that improves liquid aspiration in laparoscopic surgery
Software and services
Ambassadoor Technologies, Syracuse University: Connecting small businesses to nano-influencers
The full list of winning teams follows below.
“We are leading the NYBPC to help seed the next generation of people who start businesses. We believe education, mentoring, and competition are all essential to building a healthy entrepreneurial community, and we are proud to offer this program every year to college students and graduates in New York City, ”said Noa Simons, President and CEO of Upstate Capital. “Since the launch of the competition, we estimate that over 6,000 students have entered. The program has generated more than $ 100 million in economic impact, helping to launch hundreds of new businesses. We are particularly proud of our participation in MWBE, which reaches almost 50% each year.
“We are sponsoring this competition to encourage New York City students to showcase their innovative ideas and technologies. It is through this innovation that we will seize the opportunities of tomorrow, ”said Kathi Lanni, community manager at SEFCU and sponsor of this year’s MWBE Award.
This year, 607 students competed across the state in 239 teams from 55 colleges and universities.
New York 2021 Business Plan Competition Winners
AgTech and Food Winners
First place: Ripely, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Second place: HomeHives, University of Binghamton
Third place: LEVELLE Inc., Cornell Tech – NYC
SEFCU – Minority / Women Owned Business – Green Gallery: Goods and Products, SUNY
Consumer and Business Product Winners
First place: Fiction Stop, New York University
Second place: Sice-Me, Syracuse University
Third place: Memoberry, SUNY College in Plattsburgh
SEFCU Minority / Women Owned Business: Compact Kitchen, SUNY in New Paltz
Education and wellness winners
First place: PediCure, Stony Brook University
Second place: Uman4Uman, Skidmore College
Third place: KaleidoscopeME ™, Rochester Institute of Technology
SEFCU Minority / Women Owned Business: Project Irene, Utica College
Winners of the Infrastructure, First Responder and Defense Awards
First place: KLAW Industries, Clarkson University & Binghamton University
Second place: Life After Life, Cornell University
Third Place: Palmer Technologies LLC, Clarkson University
SEFCU Minority / Women Owned Business: NorML, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
MedTech & Life Sciences Winners
First place: VAMPIRO, College Touro
Second place: WetWare BioSystems, University of Rochester
Third place: Limitless Medical Technologies, University of Buffalo
SEFCU Minority / Women Owned Company: CMS Biotechnologies LLC, Hofstra University
Software and Services Winners
First place: Ambassadoor Technologies, Syracuse University
Second Place: Downtown Dating, Stony Brook University
Third place: Yolo Shadow, University of Rochester
SEFCU Minority / Women Owned Business: Communitii, University of Buffalo
Upstate Capital Social Entrepreneur Award: Grandmother’s House, Touro College
Upstate Capital Veteran Founder Award: Shrimpie, United States Military Academy
Thompson Hine Venture Backable Business Award: EZ Health Inc., Columbia University in New York City
Fuzehub Pandemic Response Award: NorML, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC) is New York’s inter-university business competition.
The program is administered by the Upstate Capital Association of New York. The NYBPC statewide steering committee and regional organizers in each region all volunteer their time to coordinate and deliver the program. Administration and awards funding is provided by sponsors and philanthropists who support the innovation economy, including NY Ventures, NYSTAR, several successful entrepreneurs and numerous philanthropic donors. Since 2010, more than 6,000 students from New York City’s public and private community colleges, 4-year schools and universities have presented their ideas and projects to the NYBPC. Over $ 1 million in prizes have been awarded to over 150 student-run businesses, and many successful businesses have been launched through this platform including SparkCharge, Farther Farms, Purple Sun, Buffalo Automation Group, Vital Vio and many others.