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New York StartUP! 2016 Business Plan Competition


New York StartUp! 2016 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!
Read the press release about the 2015 winners!

The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 7th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).

(The 2015 Competition is now closed.   Click here for a list of finalists.)   

New York StartUp! 2016 Business Plan Competition - Win up to $15,000 to start your business!


  • You must live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island
  • Your business must be in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island
  • All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase and have earned less than $10,000

For more details see our Rules and Eligibility page.


  • Attend one (1) Orientation Session - view the schedule.
  • Attend 3 out of 4 technical workshops scheduled January 2016 – April 2016 - View the schedule.
  • Meet regularly with a business advisor throughout the Competition - View the list of business advisors.
  • Upload your business plan to the NY Start UP! Competition Fluid Review room site no later than midnight, June 7, 2016

To Enter:

  • Create an account on the NY StartUP! 2016 site on FluidReview.
  • Submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2016 site on FluidReview by midnight, Tuesday, January 12,  2016
  • Upload your plan in PDF format to the NY StartUP! Fluid Review site no later than June 7, 2016 at midnight. 


  • 1st Place Award: $15,000
  • 2nd Place Award: $7,500
  • 3rd Place Award: $5,000 
  • 4th Place Award: $1,500 
  • 5th Place Award: $1,500  

2014 Winners announced - view the details or watch the video below.

View the press release about the 2014 winners.


Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners

Previous competition winners:

StartUP 2012 Winners and Finalists below:

First place $15,000 - Dwayne Samuel, R.N., Esq. and Jason Funes, JD for a business plan to create Curatio HCS, a full-service home health care agency in the Bronx.
Second place $7,500 Bernice Mast and Richard J. Becker for their plan to create Wheatless and Meatless, gluten-free vegan burger mixes and meal starters.
Third place 5,000 Rina Mansukhani and Christi Helsel for iEvoke, a plan to create a line of products that uses the powerful connection between scent and memory.
Runner-up : $1,500 Jean-Pierre Adechi of Wheelie
Runner-up : $1,500 Monica Sharma and Kim Nguyen of Runway Exchange

Read about the 2012 winners in Upstart Business Journal 

New York StartUp! 2012 Finalists:
Jean-Pierre Adechi
Case Carpenter
Regina Clark  
Kurt Franz
Rina Mansukhani
Bernice Mast
Dwayne Lloyd Samuel
Monica Sharma
Precious L. Williams, Esq
Shaunte L. Williams

2012 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2012 finalists.

Start UP! 2011 Competition - Read about 2011 winners. Link to list of 2011 winners and judges
View a list of the finalists for the 2011 competition.View a video of 2011 Winners (bottom of page) 

Watch a Video about 2010 winners (1st annual competition, 2010) 

New York Start Up Business Plan Competition 2011 Winners
October 5, 2011

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