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Small Business Development Center at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook Entrepreneurs Challenge 2023

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 the ZAP programs on Monday, March 27, 2023 and Firday, March 31, 2023 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 10th, 2023** Submission dates are subject to change
Competition Thursday, March 23rd, 2023** Competition dates are subject to change

TO ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE: Apply to the 2023 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.

Apply to the 2023 Challenge Here!

Submit Your Client Request for Counseling Form Here!

Local Competition:
Competition on Thursday, March 23, 2023** Competition dates are subject to change

Regional Competition:
Competition on Friday, March 31, 2023** 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 Thursday, April 27, 2023** 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