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New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

New York StartUp! 2015 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!

2014 Winners announced - view the details.

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The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 6th 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).


  • 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 Ups Only.   All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase. Operating businesses that have earned more than $10,000 in revenue are not eligible to enter the competition.

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


To Enter the Competition:

  1. Create an account on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview.

  2. Submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview by midnight, Monday, February 3,  2015

    Note: Creating an account doesn't mean you've submitted an entry form. If you previously participated in the 2014 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.

StartUP! Entrants:  Plans are due no later than June 9, 2015 at midnight.  
Please upload your plan in PDF format to the NY StartUP! Fluid Review site. 


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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Elements of A Business Plan - New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

Win up to $15,000 To Start Your Own Business

What is a Business Plan?
The Business Plan is perhaps the most important document an entrepreneur can create. The Business Plan helps guide the direction of the company's first several years in business and gives potential investors an idea of the company structure, goals, and future plans. Companies at all levels of success create business plans. It is a working document that should be updated on quarterly or yearly basis.

The following business plan template is adapted from Rhonda Abrams,  Successful Business Plan.

SIBL and other libraries have many other business planning resources which you should consult.

The Business Plan template linked here should be used as the format for your Business Plan:

Business Plan Template (PDF)

Business Plan Template (Word)

Use this schedule to stay on track with your plan development:

Business Plan Development Schedule (PDF)

Business Plans must be uploaded to the NY StartUP! 2015 Competition site no later than midnight on June 9, 2015. 


At the beginning of this year there were 375,000 apprentices in America. This fall, President Obama will make available $100 million in American Apprenticeship Grants to increase apprenticeship in high-growth fields; align apprenticeships with further learning and career advancement opportunities.

Financial Planning Day Coming Soon

                                                                        Financial Planning Day October 17, 2014 at SIBL                                                                                       Events start at 11 a.m.  Come  in for a workshop or a counseling session! 
                          A full day of FREE financial workshops, classes, counseling, demonstrations and a financial fair!

Financial Planning Day


Financial Workshops
Financial Workshops 

          12 Classes/Workshops:
          Credit Issues - Investments - Tax Planning
          Retirement Planning - Life Planning Issues - 
          Healthcare Options  & More

           Financial Counseling:                                                                                                            Certified Financial Planners and Credit Coaches provide                                            free 30 minute private sessions!


Financial Fair
Financial Fair

              Financial Fair:   Information and representatives from                        organizations and agencies, including The Securities &                        Exchange Commission (SEC), The Social Security                                  Administration,NYC  Office of Health Insurence Access &                  more....


Database Demonstrations
Database Demonstration ( Bloomberg )



                   Staff demonstrations of Bloomberg, Morningstar                                   Investment Research Center, & others




                     Location: SIBL, the NYPL Business Library,  at  188 Madison Avenue @34th Street 


Almost 6 million young adults in this country are facing social and economic injustice. They lack access to higher education and to the economic mainstream. On the other hand, our economy needs help, U.S. businesses need more and better trained talent to compete in today's global economy.

Blueprint for your Business Future

Blueprint for Your Business Future: Succession Planning Workshops for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant-owned businesses too often lack a succession plan to continue operating when the owner retires, dies suddenly, or is forced to stop working because of personal issues.  Rather than being sold for fair market value, these businesses abruptly close their doors.  Neighborhoods lose out and workers lose jobs. 

“Blueprint” is a set of six 3-hour workshops on Succession Planning which cover:

Transition Planning - Why Plan Now?
Anticipate unexpected circumstances • Find the best strategy for you •Avoid costly expenses and taxes

Selling your Business  
How to make a smart sale • Understand the sales process •Locate trustworthy sales professionals • How to find qualified buyers 

Business Valuation – How Much is Your Business Worth? 
Determine the value of your business • Common valuation approaches • Steps you can take to increase the value of your business

Legal and Accounting Issues
Structure a business to minimize taxes • Deal with regulatory and legal issues • Organize legal and financial documents 

Transferring Ownership
Who will take over? • Select and train successors • Understand the role of the family • Manage the transition smoothly

Estate Planning
Continue business operations after owner’s death • Minimize taxes during business transition •  Optimize benefits to family members

These interactive sessions will be offered at NYPL’s business library SIBL in fall 2014.  In the winter and spring of 2015 the Blueprint series will be offered at the Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.  

Click  here for information about the dynamic workshop instructor, Barbara Roberts, with forty years of experience helping small businesses reach next stage growth.   Click to the application

Email with questions and  an application for this innovative program. 

Download the flyer

Blueprint is funded through THRIVE, a program of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.


Did you know that nearly 400,000 apprenticeships are available nationwide in more than 1,000 occupations according to the U.S. Department of Labor? The average starting salary for an apprentice is $50,000 and apprenticeships also connect education and work simultaneously. In many cases apprentices can gain industry-recognized credentials equivalent of a 2- or 4-year degree.
This is the Department of Labor blog authored by Anthony Rosa, the Acting Deputy Director for Whistleblower Protection Programs. Anthony explains what must be done to update OSHA's whistleblower protection statute.
A recent Special Olympics survey, National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force, reveals that only 44% of adults with intellectual disabilities are in the labor force.
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