Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition


The 7th Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition assists and awards start-up entrepreneurs with $10,000 to help make their business successful. QEDC is able to launch the competition through funding from Citi Foundation, technology sponsor YouNoodle, and partnering with Queens Library to provide training sessions at their Central Branch Library. This year, Queens College will provide a $5,000 Student Award, for Queens College Students as well.

StartUP! Training Workshop Schedule and Requirements: Participants of the StartUP! Competition are required to attend (4)four training sessions covering different aspects when planning for a business.Training topics include: (1)Business Planning & Research, (2)Sales & Marketing Strategies, (3)Operations & Management Team, and (4)Financial Statements & Development.

All four sessions will be provided each month between October-January at the Queens Central Branch Library. All in-person training sessions are free of cost. Please see the schedule to the right for training sessions and links to register.



Competition Organizer

Queens Economic Development Corporation

Local US Event
Kew Gardens, NY
Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Business - All U.S.
Who's Eligible

Must be 18 years or older and be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
Must live in the Queens Borough, and have a business (or look to start a business) that is based in Queens.
Must be an initial stages of business (still in idea phase) or have made less than $20,000 in revenue.

Important Dates

Enrollment is on-going, and training sessions are mandatory. Please sign-up now via our site:http://www.queensny.org/qedc/business/programs/startup/

Competition Prizes

$10,000 - Food-based Business Award
$10,000 - Innovative Business Award
$10,000 - Community-based Business Award
$5,000 - Queens College Student Award