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New York StartUp! 2014 Business Plan Competition

Win $15,000 To Start Your Own Business!

To StartUP Entrants: Business Plans are due no later than midnight June 10, 2014. Please submit your plan in PDF format and upload to this competition site.  

The New York Public Library with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, announces the New York StartUP! 2014 Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

The fifth annual New York StartUp! gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while learning about the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).

How Can I Enter the Competition?  

1. Attend one (1) Orientation SessionOrientations are held from November 2013 - January 2014 at  SIBL (the NYPL Business Library), the Bronx Library Center and St. George Library (Staten Island). See the NYPL bizplan website for more details.

2. Create an account on the StartUP!2014 site on FluidReview. Note! - Creating an account does NOT mean you've submitted an entry form.  You must submit an entry form to be in the competition. (If you entered previous NY Start UP competitions at NYPL, your previous Review Room account with your user name and email address may still be active.)

3. Submit an entry form on the StartUP! 2014 site on FluidReview by January 30, 2014.  Your entry form details the type of business you plan to start.

Who Can Enter?  If you are 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 -- you are eligible. See the NYPL website for full details.

Attendance at one orientation session is required. No pre-registration required. First come, first seated. 

Where Do Orientation Sessions Take Place?  Orientation sessions will be held at SIBL, 188 Madison Avenue at 34th St., the Bronx Library Center and the St. George Library Center in Staten Island.  Attending an orientation is the first requirement of the competition.

What's Next? Training Workshops.  All entrants must attend three out of four training workshops, held at SIBL.   Workshops are held from January through April 2014.

What's Else is required? Entrants must meet with an Advisor at least once, preferably, more than once, while developing the business plan.

When are the Business Plans Due?  Your business plan must be uploaded to the Start UP! Competition FluidReview site no later than midnight,  June 10, 2014.

What Are The Prizes? 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.

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