Aspiring students can vie for cash prizes in our shark-tank style competition.

All Adelphi students are eligible. Students can participate individually or in teams of 2-5 members.

Finalists will present their proposals to a panel of judges drawn from our faculty and industry leaders, competing to win $11,000 in cash prizes: $5,000 for first prize, $3,000 for second, $2,000 for third and a $1,000 award for best socially responsible approach.

Helping to Launch Your Business

  1. $11,000 in cash prizes*: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, $1000 in prizes for best socially responsible approach
  2. Mentoring and coaching from business leaders and Adelphi faculty for all finalists

The Business Plan Competition Returns March 3, 2023

Deadlines are fast approaching.

How to Apply to the Competition

Get detailed instructions on what should be included in your preliminary business proposal. Attend an information session and proposal prep (via Zoom) on Wednesday, November, 9, 2022 from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm.

Register to attend:

All contestants must submit a preliminary business proposal to

Proposals will be reviewed for innovation and viability. Select participants will move to the finalist round to prepare full-fledged plans.

Contestants present their full-fledged business plan to a panel of judges, showcasing their proposed product or service or solution.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, November 9, 2022 – Virtual Information Session & Proposal Prep
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Preliminary business proposals are due
  • Monday, December 12, 2022 – Names of those selected to advance will be announced
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – Full-fledged Business Plans are due
  • Friday, March 3, 2023 – Competition day; winners are announced and prizes are awarded

Competition Winners

First Place & Environmental, Social and Governance
Kayla Strayhorn: BU Rooftop Farming

Second Place
Shuriz Hishmeh ’21: Black Soldier Fly Composting

Third Place
Ruiqin Fu: Boom I Rang

First Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Zameena Jivraj: Healthspace

Second Place
Eric Meirs & Yuleidy Baez: EcoDines

Third Place
Yuanmeng Wang & Nadia Khan: A Light in the Alley

First Place 
Abie Rawad Akhand: Eden Your Garden of Services

Second Place
Elena Garcia: Maven Media

Third Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Samrat Malik: Auto Fire Hazard Control System


First Place
Chitralekha (Pooja) Kar ’18: Garden of Green

Second Place & Best Elevator Pitch
Sarah Ferraro and Sonia Melendez: BitBox Fashion

Third Place 
Ismael Voltaire: Volt Fit Technologies


First Place
Ismael Voltaire: TradeBookz

Second Place
Stefani Kusterbeck: Tryst Cigar Lounge

Third Place
Eric Boehning: Long Beach Body Art


Four promising student entrepreneurs pitched original business plans to a panel of judges on Tuesday, April 26, at Adelphi's annual Business Plan Competition. The challenge, which took place in the Adelphi University Innovation Center, is a yearly opportunity for competitors to win $11,000 in prizes.

Activities and programs like those communicated on this page contribute to student success. If you would like to support non-curricular programs like those described on this page, please consider joining other alumni and friends by making a contribution to the WSB Student Success fund.  Did you know that the first donors to the fund were our faculty?
Lori Cary
Director for Student Success
Phone Number
Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise 202F
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