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1st Place Winners

John Weber 
Blaise Delfino

Register for 2016-2017 Business Plan Competition

Student First: East Stroudsburg University continues to strengthen its reputation for innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Student Business Plan Competition provides an opportunity for students to develop and launch sustainable businesses in Pennsylvania. Competition is robust as undergraduate and graduate students from the fourteen (14) State System universities are eligible to compete. This year the top prize will be $10,000, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place, with the award ceremony scheduled for April 5, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Students should not feel intimidated by the competition. Students from every discipline, from Art & Design to Theatre, Freshman to Graduate are encouraged to participate. Every ESU student has the capacity and competency to effectively compete and be successful.

The competition website is https://passhebiz2016-2017.startupcompete.co/. Registration of intent to compete is required no later than Nov. 20, 2016; however, students should register as soon as possible so that support can be provided for them. Questions about the competition as well as support development should be directed to Mike Gildea, who is coordinating the competition among the fourteen (14) State System universities. Mike can be reached at mgildea1@esu.edu, or via telephone at (570) 422-7953.

124 Students within the State System’s universities entered the 2014-2015 competition. $17,500.00 in cash awards were provided to the top 3 competitors. Sponsors included PSECU, PNC, Hershey Entertainment & Resort, J.P. Morgan, East Stroudsburg University Center for Research & Development, MVM Associates, and StartUp-PA.