Get ready for the 11th Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition

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Calling all entrepreneurs! It’s time again for Queens Economic Development Corporation’s (QEDC) Annual StartUP! Business Plan Competition. If you’re a Queens resident looking for help getting your business off the ground, this is your chance to win up to $10,000 to start or expand your business!

That’s right; up to $10,000 is up for grabs for three lucky winners of the competition. The winners will be separated into three categories: food, innovation and community-based businesses.


To participate in the competition, RSVP to attend one of the information sessions. All participants must complete four training sessions and abide by the complete rules of the competition. Once you finish the training sessions, business plans can be submitted online by March 1, 2017.

The competition is sponsored by Citi Foundation and YouNoodle and is brought to you by the QEDC, which has been supporting business growth in Queens since before the competition’s inception.

“Everyone there at QEDC has helped me get to where I am today,” said Maya C., a past winner of the StartUP! Competition. “You all have given me the strength to keep moving forward and not to give up on this dream. It is a hard road, but knowing you guys are there for support makes it a little easier.”

Participants must be 18 years or older and a resident of Queens looking to open a business in Queens. All training sessions will be held at Queens Library.

Enrollment is ongoing and admission is free for the competition. Sign up today and get a chance to give your business a boost!

Click here for more information about the competition.