Canisius to Host WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge

April 18, 2013


BUFFALO, NY –  Canisius College will host the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge on Thursday, April 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.  The event, which is sponsored by the WNY Consortium of Higher Education, is free and open to the public.

The WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge is a Western New York Regional Business Plan Competition where undergraduate and graduate students from local colleges and universities compete for more than $225,000 in prize money. Three teams from Canisius College will participate in the competition. In the summer of 2013, a number of WNY winners will be offered the opportunity to incubate their businesses for up to a year on their home campuses. 

Each team will have 10 minutes to pitch their plan, followed by five minutes of Q&A with a panel of judges. The purpose of the competition is to promote entrepreneurship between student teams in the following six categories:

  • Biotechnology/Healthcare
  • Energy/Sustainability
  • Information Technology/Software
  • Nanotechnology/Advanced Software
  • Product/Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship/Non-Profit

Winners will advance to the New York State Business Plan Competition on April 26 in Albany, NY.  For more information about the WNY Student 2 Biz Challenge, contact Melinda Rath Sanderson, executive director of the Canisius College Women’s Business Center, at (716) 888-8282 or click here.

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.