Cotton Family Business Idea Competition

The Cotton Family Business Idea Competition gives students a chance to take their idea to the next level. Students will submit their application online and a panel of judges will review the applications. The top six business ideas will be selected to present their idea virtually on Thursday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m..

Students will briefly describe their business idea. In describing the business idea, the student submission will address these questions:

  1. What problem does your product, service, or business idea solve?
  2. Who will benefit from your product/service?
  3. What are the benefits of your product or service?
  4. What would be required to make your idea a reality? Is it feasible?

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Prizes

1ST $1000

2ND $700

3RD $500

Important Dates

Applications open: March 10, 2021

Application deadline: April 8, 2021

Finalists announced: April 12, 2021

Finals: Presentations on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Eligibility

  • All members of a team or individuals competing must be currently registered students at SUNY Morrisville.
  • All applications must be submitted online by April 5, 2021, through the Morrisville webpage. No late submissions will be accepted.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • A person can only be on one team.
  • Established businesses do not qualify for this competition.
  • Six finalists will be selected from the preliminary round by April 12, 2021, and will be notified by email.

Final Presentations

  • Five minute Power Point or Prezi presentation of your idea on Zoom.
  • Up to three minutes of questions from the judges.
  • Business attire required for presentations. No submissions will be returned.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.