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New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition

Opportunity for New York Businesses in Eligible Regions to Compete
for Financial Support and In-Kind Services for New Business Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New York Public Library and Citi Foundation

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Deadline Date:

05/27/20 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for New York businesses in eligible regions to compete for financial support and in-kind services to grow and develop their new start-up venture. Applicants must attend an orientation, create an account, and submit a preliminary entry form prior to applying. Entrants can win $15,000 to start their business, as well as gain practical insights about starting and growing a business while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Business Library (SIBL). Eligible businesses must operate in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152317

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $15,000 – Bank OZK Community Impact Award
- $7,500 – 2nd Place

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Age: All NY StartUP! 2020 applicants, whether individuals or members of a team, must be 18 years of age or older. Documentation may be required.
- Location: The business proposed in the NY StartUP! 2020 entry form must operate in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.
- Residency: All individual applicants and team members must be legal residents or U.S. citizens. All individual applicants and/or team leaders must have a legal residence in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island. Documentation will be required of the finalists.
- 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.
- For-Profit Businesses Only: NY StartUP! 2020 is a business plan competition for for-profit businesses. Non-profits are not eligible to enter.
- Individual and Team Entry: NY StartUP! 2020 entrants may enter only once, either as an individual or as part of a team. If entering as a team, the team must appoint one individual as the team leader and main contact, and one other as the secondary contact. The team leader must be a resident of Manhattan, the Bronx, or Staten Island. Each team member must create an account on the Competition’s FluidReview site. The team leader's entry form must list all individuals on the team.

For more details see the Rules and Eligibility page:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Orientation: All participants must attend the onsite Orientation Session or review the online Orientation Session and take the quiz.
- Onsite Orientation: Thursday, January 9, 2020 from 6 to 7:30 PM at the Business Library (SIBL ) - located at 188 Madison Avenue @34th Street. The orientation schedule is subject to change. Please check back for updates at
- For online orientation session and quiz, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must create an account and submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2020 site on FluidReview no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020. Business plan must be uploaded no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

- View or attend an Orientation Session and take the quiz
- Create an account and submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2020 site no later than 11:59 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020
- Attend 3 out of 4 technical workshops scheduled January and February 2020- View the schedule at
- Meet regularly with a business advisor throughout the Competition - View the list of business advisors at
- Upload your business plan no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Judging Timeline:
- June - the judges review and rank submitted business plans
- Mid-July – the finalists are notified
- Early August - the finalists present their plans to the panel of judges
- Early September – the winner is announced at the Awards Ceremony

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For Questions about the StartUp! Competition, contact

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City: Manhattan, The Bronx, and Staten Island;   New York

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