Welcome to the world’s largest business idea competition.

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is setting out to turn the best new business ideas from around the globe into reality.

Winners also receive free incubator space for a year, guidance from mentors related to their field and access to other exciting incentive programs.

43North is open to applicants in any industry, with the exception of retail and hospitality, and winners agree to operate their business in the Buffalo, New York for a minimum of one year.

The competition includes three rounds of judging:

1. Feb 5, 2014 to May 31, 2014: 43North accepts applications via 43North.org – apply here.
2. Sept 15, 2014 to Sept 20, 2014: Semifinalists present their plans via webinar
3. Oct 27, 2014 to Oct 31, 2014: Finalists present their plans during a weeklong series of events in Buffalo, NY

This ambitious initiative is part of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic pledge of $1 billion in state funding to ignite economic growth in the Buffalo, New York region.

Got questions? Please see our FAQ section or email us at info@43north.org.



Competition Organizer


*International Event*

*Available in all states*

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Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Graduate - Canada
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
  • PitchBurner
Who's Eligible

43North is open to applicants ages 18 and older from anywhere in the world, in any industry, with the exception of retail and hospitality. We are looking for business ideas that are scalable and have the potential for aggressive growth.

Competition Prizes

One $1M prize
Six $500,000 prizes
Four $250,000 prizes