NYC Next Idea Competition 2012-13


Once you have registered your team, you can submit your executive summary through Please only submit one entry per team. Entries will require the following information (up to 400 words per category maximum): Business Summary, Customer Problem, Product/Service Description, Target Market, Competitors, Competitive Advantage, Financial/Funding Information, "Why is NYC a good place for you to launch your business?", and "Does your business idea involve specific intellectual property (IP)?". As outlined below, the early deadline for submissions is October 28th. The final deadline is November 9, 2012.


Competition Organizer

NYCEDC and Columbia University

Local US Event
New York, NY
*Available in all states*

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Local U.S.
  • Graduate - All U.S.
  • Undergraduate - Canada
  • Undergraduate - Local U.S.
  • Undergraduate - All U.S.
  • Business - Canada
  • Business - Local U.S.
  • Business - All U.S.
  • Graduate - Canada
  • Technology - Green
  • Technology - Other
  • Women or Minority-owned
  • Specialized Industries
  • Virtual/Online
  • Business - Global
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible

Teams must have 2-5 members. Teams must attest that all team members were actively involved in developing the business idea.
In the spirit of attracting global talent, for teams with 4 or 5 members, at least two members must be non-US citizens. For teams with 2 or 3 members, at least one member must be a non-US citizen.

All team members must be students or recent alumni (graduated no earlier than October 2010) of an institution of higher education (graduate or undergraduate), anywhere in the world. For the purposes of the Competition, an institution of higher education is considered to be an institution recognized by the home country's government, or one which has received a certificate of accreditation from an association recognized by NYCEDC.
Teams may consist of members from different schools and/or countries
An individual cannot be a part of more than one team