• 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 product or service and are able to demonstrate market interests or customer demand for the concept
  • Individual applicant or one of 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 business plan.
  • Businesses do not need to be registered at the time of entry.
  • Home-based businesses are eligible to apply.
  • 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.
  • 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 Plan Competition are not eligible to enter again.
  • By registering on YouNoodle and joining the “Queens StartUP! 13th Annual Business Plan Competition,” individuals accept that they understand the stated rules for all of the team members.