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The Prizes:

  • First Prize: $50,000 in seed capital awarded to a winner in Oswego County (this award is open to both residents and entrepreneurs operating or with the intent to operate in Oswego County);

  • Second Prize: $10,000 in seed capital and $10,000 in professional business services*

  • Third Prize: $5,000 in seed capital and $5,000 in professional business services*

  • The seed capital equity can potentially be leveraged to borrow up to $250,000 in partnership with local banks, Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, City of Oswego Community & Economic Development Office, City of Fulton Community Development Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, and other economic development agencies;

  • The chance to present your plan to a panel of early-stage venture capitalists, bankers, local entrepreneurs, and those in business academics;

  • Feedback from successful venture capitalists and seasoned entrepreneurs;

  • Regional media exposure;

  • Opportunity to network with other potential team members; and

  • The prize money must be used to start the business in Oswego County.


*Includes a customizable bundle of in-kind professional business services such as business mentoring, incubation space, legal, accounting, and marketing through select providers