• All participants must fill out an intake form. This only needs to be done once for the competition. You can fill out the form here.
  • Contestants must be startups defined as
    1. Having built the minimum viable product (MVP)
    2. Must EITHER demonstrate sales (less than 100K in annual sales) OR have tested the startup idea and are able to provide proofs of user testing or customer feedback
  • Individual applicants or one of the group applicants (no more than 5 people) must be Queens residents and all applicants must be 18 years of age or older, U.S. citizen or legal residents of the United States. Residency must be proved by a New York State driver’s license or New York City ID Card that includes your address (if you do not have either, please allow enough time to get one before March 1st). This must be uploaded with your application.
  • All participants are required to take four (4) workshops in-person (for free) OR via online recordings (for $25 each) OR a weekend lean startup bootcamp (for $50)
  • Real estate businesses (due to their size, nature of business, and capital requirements) along with franchises, affiliate marketing, multi-level marketing, and not-for-profit businesses are NOT eligible to participate in this competition.
  • Businesses do not need to be registered at the time of entry.
  • Competition entrants may enter only once a year, either as an individual or as part of a team. The team must appoint one individual as the team leader.
  • People who have won a previous StartUP! Business Competition are not eligible to enter again.
  • By registering on YouNoodle and joining the “14th Annual Queens StartUP! Competition,” individuals accept that they understand the stated rules for all of the team members.
  • Businesses that are not currently paying taxes, are not tax-compliant or not operating with appropriate licenses and permits will forfeit their prize funding if selected as winners.