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Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge 2022

DO You Have a Cool Business Idea?

Then sign up for the Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge (SBEC) and compete to win funding toward making your idea into a company. 

How the Funding Works:  Prizes awarded are in the form of funds that will apply towards I-Corp support related to customer discovery, technology development, infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, and training.  The I-Corps program nurtures and supports students to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. Awardees must complete a ZAP program prior to July 2022 in order to satisfy the requirements to receive the funding.  All participants of the SBEC are eligible and encouraged to participate in the ZAP program whether or not you have been awarded funding.
This program is supported by the National Science Foundation, and seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

The Challenge has awarded over half a million dollars to Stony Brook student entrepreneurs.  The Challenge will help you prepare to pitch your idea to a campus panel of experienced venture investors, entrepreneurs, and business services professionals - and you may be selected for NSF I-Corps Site and/or the regional competition for funding. You will have access to a New York State Small Business Development Center business advisor to help you develop your business model and practice your pitch.  Open to any student/any level/any program.

Application due March 1st, 2022 ** Submission  dates are subject to change
Competition Thursday, March 10th, 2022** Competition dates are subject to change

TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE: Apply to the 2022 Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge. Tell your advisor that you want to participate in the Challenge.  Download this year's flyer. 

To Get Started:  Complete and submit the Entrepreneurs Challenge application and our Client Request for Counseling form to schedule a free and confidential business counseling session with one of our business advisors. Your time is now! Apply early if you want to be assured of having a Small Business Development Center Business Advisor guide you in creating a well-rounded presentation.

Local Competition:
Competition on Thursday, March 10th, 2022** Competition dates are subject to change

Regional Competition:
Competition on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022** Competition dates are subject to change

Click here for results from the 2021 Stony Brook Competition.

NYS Business Plan Competition Tracks

  1. Agtech & Food
  2. Energy & Environment
  3. Military & First Responder
  4. Medtech & Wellbeing
  5. Consumer Products & Services
  6. Technology & Entertainment

Click here for information about the Regional Competition.

State Competition:
Competition on Wednesday, April 27th, 2022** Competition dates are subject to change

Click here for information about the State Competition.

Please email the Stony Brook Small Business Development Center with your questions at