43North is the largest business plan competition in the world. The contest offers $5 million in cash prizes each year to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe.

The competition started in 2014 to promote entrepreneurship, and now its first class of 11 winning teams is rolling up their sleeves and getting to work in a new incubator in Buffalo, NY.

Think that you have what it takes to be among the next winners? Prove you do by signing up for this year’s competition! Buffalo, a piece of the $5 million pie, incubator space, mentorship opportunities and tax breaks await you.

Got questions? Check out the FAQ section of the website or email 43North team at
Want to meet the team behind the competition? Click here!

43North is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, which is driving new economic opportunities throughout Buffalo and Western New York. The competition operates through the support of the New York Power Authority and the Buffalo Billion initiative.

$5 Million in Cash Prizes

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We will award one $1 million grand prize, six $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes.

Money is Only the Start

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Winners also receive incubator space for a year, mentorship, tons of marketing exposure and access to START-UP NY, which offers freedom from state taxes for 10 years.

Enter by June 24, 2015

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43North is open to applicants ages 18 and over, from anywhere in the world, in any industry, other than retail and hospitality. Submit your application by June 24, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Backed by New York State

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43North is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority.


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Before entering, please read the Terms and Conditions. Here are 2 key points to remember:

  • Winners agree to locate in Buffalo, NY for a minimum of 12 months. From food trucks to some of America’s greatest art and architecture, learn why the organizers believe you’ll love this place.
  • 43North also takes a 5% equity stake in each of our winning companies.

Got Questions?

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See our FAQ page for stuff like a list of our application questions and our judging criteria. Still don’t have your answer? Drop us a line at


Ready to rumble? Apply to the largest business plan competition until June 24, 2015.
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