On Monday, February 13, college students from across New York City attended the Kickoff Event for this year’s NYS Business Plan Competition, which was hosted by Microsoft at their Times Square headquarters.
To foster community among the participants, the event started with an ice breaker exercises that encouraged students to network with as many individuals as possible and to learn more about each other. Antuan Santana, Community Manager, of Microsoft, shared Microsoft’s vision to support innovation and entrepreneurship, emphasizing that a “growth mindset always questions, pushes beyond boundaries and looks for new approaches.”
Over the course of the afternoon, participating students learned that the perfect pitch for a business is not derived overnight, rather a skill that is gained with experience and over time. Professionals with the Shift Group and LIU-Brooklyn shared their skills with competing students, giving them valuable insights to help them create their business pitch. During the event students created and practice their pitches, with valuable feedback from competition judges, mentors and entrepreneurs.
Did you miss the kick-off but still want to compete for $100,000?
There is still time to apply to participate. The application deadline for the New York State Business Plan Competition is March 10, click here for more information or to apply.
By Manpreet Singh (Manny)