NYC Next Idea Global Business Plan Competition 2012


Registration deadline


Competition Organizer

New York City Economic Development Corp in collaboration with Columbia University

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible
There are two tracks of this competition. 

For the International Track, teams must consist of 2 to 5 members who are students or recent alumni of a non-U.S.  higher education institution. There must be at least one full time student on each team. 

For the NYC Connect Track, teams must have 2 to 4 non-U.S. members, and one New York City-based full time student member. 
In both tracks, there will be a preference for business ideas based around Financial Services, Green, Not-for-profit, Bioscience, Fashion, and Media & Technology. All business plans must have a NYC operational component. 
Important Dates

All teams must register to compete by November 7, 2011. Round I executive summaries are also due on this date. Round II full business plans must be submitted by January 3, 2012. Round III final presentations will take place at Columbia University on March 21, 2012, during the finalists' all-expense-paid trip to New York City.

Competition Prizes

In addition to a cash prize pool of $35,000, finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City in March 2012, as well as networking opportunities with NYC-based investors and other industry professionals.

Other Info

This competition, now in its third year, will feature two separate tracks - one for international students, and one for teams including a NYC-based student.

The judging panels, comprised primarily of New York City-based venture capitalists and angel investors, will make their decisions based on which business ventures they believe to be most NYC-centric and which they would likely fund