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It is a pitch competition organized by Blackstone LaunchPad every fall but it has two rounds: the first round takes place in each college (so we organize the first round at Queens College) and the second round is national (organized by Blackstone LaunchPad)

The Ideas Competition for fall 2022 is open. Look at the front page of Startup Tree to register and for more information.

For more information, you can contact Luc Marest at his office PH 306H or at luc.marest@qc.cuny.edu

Concept: you must come up with an idea of a business and make a PowerPoint presentation (a few slides) and a short video (5 minutes). Further details will be provided later about the format of the presentation.

Think about a simple idea and make a presentation about that idea using the format we will provide you. You will have to think about why it is a good idea and how it can be successful. You can contact Luc Marest also if you want mentorship and support to create your presentation. We are here to help you and work together.

Here is what you will see on Startup Tree when you apply. You will be asked to give a name of this business (so take your time to think about it) and choose one of the four tracks. There will be one winner per track. Here is what you will see on Startup Tree:

The Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes!

More importantly, participating students will gain access to the LaunchPad program on their campus, to get the support on their entrepreneurship journey and skill-building.

This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate.

The competition is virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform.


Participants will need to select 1 of the following 4 tracks.

  • Social and Climate Impact
  • Health & Life Science
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • General


The winners of the [Campus Round] will take home $1,000. Furthermore, four (4) finalists from each campus will move forward to the [Network Round] competing for $10,000 in additional prize money to further develop your idea.


The applicant must…

  • be a current student (undergraduate or graduate-level) ​
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea)
  • be in the earliest stages – have an idea or have just started building on an idea
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of  2​


  • October 7: Application for Campus Round Open
  • October 20: Deadline for Campus Round 
    • All applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on October 20:
  • October 27: Campus Round Deliberation Period
    • Applicants will be evaluated and scored
  • November 1st – November 16th: Winner from each track across each school invited to finalist network round
    • If you are selected as Finalist, you will be invited to the Network Round
  • November 16th: Deadline for Network Round Finalist Participation
    • More information and link to apply will be shared with Finalists
  • December 6th: Network Round winners announced

Use the “Enter Now” button on the top of this page to submit your application. Please email support@startuptree.co if you have any questions.