A competition where the best Stony Brook students’ business ideas or start-up businesses
compete for I-Corps funding to be used to invest into their business relating to
customer discovery, technology development, infrastructure, advice, resources, networking
opportunities, and training.
Any undergraduate and graduate student who is currently attending Stony Brook University.
Yes, international students can enter a business into the Stony Brook Entrepreneurs
Challenge, but that business must be based within the United States. I-Corps funding
cannot be sent out of the country.
Please complete the Local Competition application form and submit a client request
for counselling form to reserve an appointment with an SBDC busniess advisor.
Yes, prizes are awarded in the form of funds that will apply towards I-Corps 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.
If your answers for the questions for Stage I are detailed and specific, and you
are suggesting a legitimate, innovative business idea, your entry will be accepted.
While technology-oriented businesses are preferred, any type of business is acceptable,
as long as it is a “real” business and not a mythical, whimsical business idea—which
will not result in winning a cash prize.
As many past winners have, you may seek help from the Certified Business Advisors
of the Small Business Development Center located in Building 17 at the Research &
Development Park here at Stony Brook University. In addition, competitors are free
to seek counseling from whomever they choose, including Stony Brook University professors
or persons outside the University.
Yes, as long as you enter before the scheduled deadline for the State Competition—the
final competition—where the winner will be chosen. If you fail to reserve a time slot
one week before the start of the State Competition, you will be dropped from the competition
and will receive an email stating so. Competitors who do not enter the Local Competition
or Regional Competition will not be eligible for SBDC counseling, and will not receive
the preliminary feedback from the judges.
Yes, you must submit your presentation to your business advisor as instructed at least
24 hours in advance. Hint: It is wise to dress in business attire as you want to
appear professional and make the best impression on the judges.
The panel of judges is comprised of business professionals from local communities,
angel investors, and possibly, SBDC Advisors and/or other Stony Brook University professionals.