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New York StartUP! 2014 Business Plan Competition

New York StartUp! 2014 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!

Winners announced - view the details.

Read the press release.


The 2014 competition is now closed.  Information about the next competition, StartUP 2015 will be posted on this site in September/October 2014. 


The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 5th 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).

Start UP Entrants:  Plans are due no later than June 10, 2014  at midnight.  
Please upload your plan in PDF format to the NY Start UP Fluid Review site. 


  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or US citizen, and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.  See Rules and Eligibility

  • Start up businesses only. Operating businesses that have earned revenue and/or have paid taxes are not eligible. Any business incorporated prior to October 13, 2011 is not eligble to enter.

  • This competition is for For–Profit Businesses ONLY.  Non-profits are NOT eligible. 


  • Attend one (1) Orientation Session - click here for the schedule.

  • Attend 3 out of 4 technical workshops scheduled January 2014 – April 2014 - Click here for Schedule

  • Meet regularly with a business advisor throughout the Competition - Click here for a list of business advisors

  • Upload your business plan to the Start UP! Competition Fluid Review room site no later than midnight, June 10, 2014

To Enter the Competition:

  1. Create an account on the StartUP! 2014 site on FluidReview.

  2. Submit an entry form on the StartUP! 2014 site on FluidReview by midnight, Monday, February 3,  2014

    Note: Creating an account doesn't mean you've submitted an entry form. If you previously participated in the 2013 New York StartUP! Competition your name may already be in the Review Room site and you will need to reset your password.

    Your entry form must include the type of business you plan to start.

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  

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners! :


Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

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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