Events - Business Plan Competition

The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, in partnership with UAlbany's School of Business, the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer, and Union Graduate College School of Management organized a regional business plan competition with a focus on energy technology.  The inaugural event was held at CNSE's facilities on April 28, 2010. 

Current students from accredited colleges submitted business plans around a student-born innovation that was designed for an unmet need.  The top applications were selected to present at CNSE in the final round.  The three best rated teams earned a prize, with the first place winner receiving $10,000 cash, $8,000 of in-kind services from Heslin Rothenberg Farley Mesiti, PC, and $1,000 of in-kind business strategic consulting services from ECG Consulting. 

The competition encouraged students to fully engage in their research and allowed them to gain valuable experience through presenting their business plan to industry executives and investors.

The event was such a success that the scope was expanded to include all students from accredited colleges throughout New York State.  Additional universities have partnered with program, including Stony Brook University, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, University of Buffalo, Syracuse University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and the University of Rochester.

Please click on the icons below to learn more about past and present competitions.     

From left: Jean Howard of Rensselaer; Pradeep Haldar of CNSE; Brian Butcher, Issac Lund and Jae Ho Lee, of BESS Technologies; Don Siegel of UAlbany.

BESS Technologies received first place in the inaugural 2010 Business Plan Competition.


For more information on the New York Business Plan Competition, its partners or its events, please contact Emily Behnke at