Pictured: 2022 NYBPC Grand Prize winners Sushant Kumar (left),Juniyali Nauriyal, CEO (middle), founders of Photonect from the University of Rochester, and NYBPC Judge Marcia Mitchell, Director at NY Ventures (right)

“We are changing people’s lives through supporting emerging entrepreneurs.”

Noa Simons, President & CEO

Building foundations for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Giving back to our community by paying it forward.

Upstate Capital has been leading the NYBPC, New York’s statewide entrepreneurship competition for several years. The New York Business Plan Competition impacts hundreds of students from more than 50 colleges and universities every year. Nearly 50% of participants self-identify as under-represented founders. More than $500k has been invested in this program, with over $250k awarded in prize money to emerging founders since 2017.

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Your contributions support:

  • Provide a platform for competition to strengthen entrepreneurship skills
  • Create opportunities to build connections between emerging entrepreneurs and business professionals
  • Offer seed capital through non-dilutive prizes that help get new ventures launched

Donations are tax-deductible through Upstate Capital’s 501c3 organization.

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