• Participants must attend one of each of the four types of training classes we offer for the StartUP (see here for specific classes. All classes are available to purchase online if you miss any). We recommend that all entrants take our class “Legal Considerations for Start-Up Businesses,” but this is not required. With prior approval, teams are allowed to split up who attends individual classes, provided one of each is attended. Information sessions are not mandatory
  • Participants are advised to attend an information session at the Queens Library but this is not required. This session will cover the competition requirements and will review the process that will be used to judge the business plans and disburse awards. Participants can enroll in the competition from September 1st,  2018 until the February 28th, 2019 as long as they abide by all of the other competition rules.
  • All business plans, IDs, and any additional documentation must be submitted online via our YouNoodle platform by 11:59 PM on March 1st, 2019. Click on this link to submit.
  • When you upload your business plan, you will be required to include a provisional plan for how you will spend the $10,000 prize. This should only be a projection. While this will be seen and taken into account by the judges, if you win the competition, you will not be held to this. While we not need a great deal of detail at this point, please make sure that the numbers add up to $10,000.
  • Plans will be judged in two rounds. First online, with the top scoring plans going to a final pitch which will take place in late April. The panel of judges does not include any QEDC employees or board and QEDC has no influence in the judging process.

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Supported By:
The New York City Department of Small Business Services and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson

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