Queens StartUP! competition is a signature program of the QEDC that provides Queens-based small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with business education, mentoring, access to capital and skill development. We aim to help and encourage startup phase businesses to grow in a way that will create jobs, strengthen and diversify neighborhoods in the borough of Queens.

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You can compete in one of three categories


A business either physically active in Queens or a virtual community that’s serving all around the world with no limitation on location as long as the business is registered in Queens. A business delivers a need or responds to a demand of the community. The need or demand being met must create a positive social or environmental impact.


A business with its main activity being the creation and/or sale of a food or beverage product as a wholesaler, manufacturer, or retail business.


A business creating something new, something better, serving an underserved or new market, creation of a new delivery system or distribution channel, has increased integration, or provides a resolution to a problem.

How It Works

Attend 4 Classes

Pick Your Category

Submit Your Business Plan

Enter Final Pitch

Win $10,000 Cash Award!

Access to Feedback, Mentorship and More Financing Opportunities

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