Long Island Young Entrepreneur Challenge


The inaugural Long Island Young Entrepreneur Challenge, sponsored by Empire Facilities Management Group and Capital One Bank, and supported by national corporate and nonprofit sponsors, seeks to promote entrepreneurship and provide mentorship to foster economic development on Long Island.



Competition Organizer

Empire Facilities Management Group

Local US Event
Bohemia, NY
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • High School - Local U.S.
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Virtual/Online
Who's Eligible

- Age 17-22 AND 
- A resident of Long Island (Nassau or Suffolk Counties) or a full time undergraduate student at an accredited Long Island College or University

Important Dates

Entry deadline is July 20, 2012 at 5pm EST.
Finalist Announcement is August 3, 2012
Live Pitch Finals is August 16, 2012
Awards Reception is August 16, 2012

The LI YEC is divided into two tracks: (1) the Entrepreneur Track open to individuals who reside on Long Island and (2) the Student Track open to those who are full-time undergraduate students at an accredited Long Island College or University.

Competition Prizes

The winner of each Track will receive $10,000 in start-up funding, mentorship, and additional support essential for starting a business. 

Additional Top 10 finalist will receive mentorship and will qualify for the live pitch in the 2013 competition.

Other Info

Public information sessions will be held via conference call on the following dates:

• Monday, July 9th, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST
• Wednesday, July 11th, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST

Please use the following conference call phone number: (218) 862-1000and then enter the following participant access code: 783071#.

Please be sure to read the guidelines atwww.esgfm.com/guidelines.

Top 10 finalists MUST be available for August 16 live pitch.