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02-15-2017

Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson University on April 7

Entrepreneurial college students, high school students, and transitioning veterans are invited to apply to present at the annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson University on Friday, April 7.

North Country Regional Business Plan CompetitionClarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship will host the event in Clarkson's Student Center (#15 on the map at http://www.clarkson.edu/about/clarkson_map.pdf ).

College student teams must fall into one of six categories: Information Technology / Software, Social Entrepreneurship / Non-Profit, Clean Technology, Advanced Technology, Products and Services.

Prizes for the college tracks will be $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. The top two college student teams in each category will advance to the New York Business Plan Competition in Albany, N.Y.

A high school track is available for students in grades nine through 12 who live in the North Country region and either run their own business or work on a business plan in the classroom. While this track does not move on to the statewide competition, students are eligible to win both cash prizes and scholarship money to Clarkson.

Prizes for the high school track will be $500 and a $4,000 per year scholarship to Clarkson for first place, $300 and a $2,000 per year scholarship to Clarkson for second place, and a $1,000 per year scholarship to Clarkson for third place.

For the first time, the North Country Regional Business Plan Competition is offering a transitioning veterans track for veterans who are starting their own business. Clarkson is helping to provide growth and pitch coaching assistance prior to the competition as well as post-competition assistance to encourage veterans to start-up and grow their businesses in the North Country. While this track does not move on to the statewide competition, veterans are eligible to win cash prizes or space in Clarkson's Peyton Hall Business Incubator.

Prizes for the transitioning veterans track will be $2,000 or incubator space for one year for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place.

Each team will have 10 minutes to present and five minutes to answer questions from the judges.

Applications are due by March 31 at www.clarkson.edu/bplan .

Sponsorship and judging opportunities are still available.
 
Members of the community are welcome to attend the competition. Please call 315-268-4350 or email Assistant Director of the Reh Center for Entrepreneurship Ashley Sweeney at asweeney@clarkson.edu for details.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Entrepreneurial college students, high school students, and transitioning veterans are invited to apply to present at the annual North Country Regional Business Plan Competition at Clarkson University on Friday, April 7. Above, student teams from Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Plattsburgh and Alexandria Central High School participate in the 2016 North Country Business Plan Competition at Clarkson.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ncrbpc-2016.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Kelly Chezum, VP for External Relations, at 315-268-4483 or kchezum@clarkson.edu.]

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