Clarkson University's Young Entrepreneur and Innovator's Competition


The Reh Center’s Young Entrepreneur Award program takes investing in the future of Clarkson students to an entirely new level. Each spring we will hold a business plan competition where a limited number of entrepreneurially minded students who have demonstrated success in operating business ventures will have the opportunity to present their businesses for an opportunity to join this exciting program. 

Up to five finalists in the competition will be offered a position in Clarksons Young Programs. They will attend Clarkson without payment of tuition for the remainder of their four-year undergraduate careers, through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and a purchase by Clarkson of 10% equity in their firm at fair market value. We provide these budding entrepreneurs with steady counsel throughout their undergraduate experience and identify resources within the University and regional community that help develop their skills, technical innovations, and networks to commercial opportunities. During their first year on campus, our Young Entrepreneurs are also matched with alumni to provide mentorship and professional guidance.


Competition Organizer

The Reh Center of Entrepreneurship

Local US Event
Potsdam, NY
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • High School - Local U.S.
  • High School -All U.S.
Who's Eligible

Any current or prospective Undergraduate Clarkson University student is eligible to apply for the competition. If you are not currently enrolled at Clarkson, you must apply to the University in order to be eligible for the competition.

Important Dates

10/1/12: Applications Open 
1/15/13: Applications Due 
2/1/13: Finalists Notified 
3/1/13: Competition Date

Competition Prizes

Up to five young entrepreneurs and innovators can win this competiton. So, there is a chance of $188,850 being split between five young students. They have a chance for up to $37,770 worth of tuition after financial aid and grant support.