Steps to Apply

Step 1

Fill out an intake form here between November 1st, 2021 to March 1st, 2022

Step 2 – Required

If you join the program before 12/1/2021, you can take 4 live workshops here.

If you join after 12/15/2021, you will need to watch 4 class recordings here as all live workshops are finished. Once signed up, fellow the instructions for StartUP! Videos. Select any 4 out of 9 videos.

If you attended fewer than 4 workshops in person, you can also fulfill your requirement by viewing recordings, so long as the total amount adds up to at least 4 different workshops.

If you would like to see what workshops you have attended, check out the list here.

If you are a finalist from the last two years’ Queens StartUP competition, or if you have taken 2021 PRIME Skills or EAC classes with QEDC, you will not be required to take these classes.

Step 3 – Required

Complete a 2-page online application and submit by March 1st, 2022 to enter the competition. As part of the application, you will be required to submit a 1-3 minute video pitch as well as a 3-year financial projection. You can download a projections template for technology and consumer startups.

Final Pitch Day – April 2022

Four teams/finalists from each category will be selected to enter the final round and pitch to a panel of judges.

Other Help Available


Schedule a one-on-one strategy session with an advisor to prep for the competition between November 1st, 2021 to March 1st, 2022. Book a session here.


Get matched with another entrepreneur(s) who is starting or running a similar business. We’re offering curated, hand-picked introductions for our StartUP participants between November 1st, 2021 to March 1st, 2022. If you’re in the NYC area and you’d like to be introduced to someone from our StartUP community based on your business type, industry, skills or something else, please click here to sign up. We will send you a potential intro as soon as we find someone we think is a fit.