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VentureWorks Programs

Annual Pitch Fest (Our Version of Shark Tank!)

Students, parents, alumni, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to participate in SUNY Geneseo’s Annual Pitch Fest (think Shark Tank!).  This event gives students enrolled in the entrepreneurship program the opportunity to pitch new business ideas, which they can analyze and possibly pursue as new start-up companies. The audience will hear 28 pitches from 28 students.  Ideas fall into six categories: energy/sustainability, advanced and bio technologies, software/IT, products, services, and social/NFP.  Each student is allowed 2 minutes to provide an overview of their new business idea. Our audience members, many of whom have significant business expertise, are then invited to offer their opinions on which ideas they think might have commercial viability or which are doomed from the start!

Pitch Fest is very a very fun and interactive event but has a very serious purpose.  We mean business! 


NYBPC, Finger Lakes Regionals 

Geneseo students enrolled in the VentureWorks program compete annually in the Finger Lakes Regionals of the New York Business Plan Competition (NYBPC), This is a competition for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Preliminary rounds are hosted locally by the University of Rochester.  Participating colleges and universities include UR, RIT, St John Fisher College, Hobart William Smith, Nazareth, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, etc.  This competition occurs annually in mid-April. The top twelve teams from our region, who are selected as finalists, advance to the statewide competition in Albany. 


NYBPC, State Finals, Albany

Finalists from each of the 10 major regional competitions (Capital Region, Central New York, North Country, Mohawk Valley, Finger Lakes, Western New York, Southern Tier, Mid-Hudson, New York City, and Long Island) advance to the statewide competition of the New York Business Plan Competition(NYBPC), hosted by SUNY Polytechnic in Albany.  There, up to 120 teams go head-to-head for more than $225,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.  Since the commencement of the VentureWorks program, Geneseo has sent between 3-7 teams each year to the state finals with numerous awards won.