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 much be Queens-based entrepreneurs, 18 years of age or older and U.S. citizen or legal residents of the United States
    • Queens-based is defined as individual applicant or one of the group applicants (no more than 5 people) who is a Queens resident
    • 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, you’re allowed to submit a bank statement or utility bill that is under your name and current home address as a temporary proof)
  • Contestants 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
  • 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.