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.

Thank you to everyone who submitted! Submissions are closed until next year, but if you would like information about next year’s contest when it becomes available, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you!

Important Dates for 2018

March 23rd: Finalists announced at The Entrepreneur Space Birthday Party.

April 19th: Finalists compete!

April 26th: Winners announced!

May 1st: Winners honored at The Queens Taste Annual Gala!

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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