8th Annual Cotton Family Business Idea Competition

Event Dates
Event Category
Student Activities
Public event

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 on Thursday, April 4, at 4 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite.

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?

Apply below.


1ST $1500

2ND $1000

3RD $750

Important Dates

Applications open: February 23, 2024

Application deadline: March 20, 2024

Finalists announced: March 27, 2024

Finals: Presentations on Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 4 p.m. in the Hospitality Suite


  • All members of a team or individuals competing must be currently registered students at SUNY Morrisville.
  • All applications must be submitted online by March 20, 2024, 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 March 27, 2024, and will be notified by email.

Final Presentations

  • Five minute Power Point or Google Slides presentation of your idea in person in the Hospitality Suite.
  • Up to three minutes of questions from the judges.
  • Business attire recommended for presentations. No submissions will be returned.
  • All judges’ decisions are final.

Enter the Competition