The StartUP! Business Plan Competition is a signature program of QEDC. The mission of the program is to make entrepreneurship more accessible in Queens. We focus on providing entrepreneurship education, one-on-one start-up assistance, mentoring and access to capital. We aim to help and empower the startup phase businesses to grow in a way that will create jobs, strengthen and diversify neighborhoods in the borough of Queens. The 2019 StartUP is about to begin! The first step you can take is to sign up for one of our orientation sessions held at libraries through Queens so you can learn how you can compete. Click the link for each session to RSVP and get the address.

Congratulations to our three 2019 winners! We had a large number of great contestants this year, and we hope everyone was able to make progress on their businesses.

2019 Winners

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

Complete an Intake Form

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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