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New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Grow-NY Youth Competition

Calling all youth food system and technology entrepreneurs!

New York Beef Council

In partnership with Grow-NY, Cornell University, NYS 4-H, and New York Agriculture in the Classroom, we are pleased to share a NEW youth opportunity to build businesses in New York State.

Our youth are the next generation of business developers, agriculture, food, and technology leaders. With the hope of inspiring and investing in the future of food, 20 middle and high school youth will be selected to attend the 2021 Grow-NY competition, with 8 students selected to pitch their business idea during the competition to a panel of youth judges.

The Grow-NY competition will take place November 16-17, 2021 in Syracuse, NY.

14 youth will be selected to attend the competition and will have their competition registration paid for by Grow-NY.

8 youth entrepreneurs will be selected to give their pitch on the youth stage. Their competition registration and hotel accommodations paid for by Grow-NY. Information about your current business plan or business idea will be required to be considered for this experience. One winner will be selected amongst the pitches by a panel of judges.

Application Information

Applications are due October 20, 2021 by 5:00pm EST.

Use this provided tool to explore the required questions for submitting your application to pitch an idea.

Youth applying to only attend the competition (not pitch an idea) will only have one question to answer in the application.

Please take special note that you are not able to save your application to complete later. We recommend writing your responses in a Word document and then copying and pasting into the application when you are ready to submit.

October 20, 2021 by 5:00pm EST

New York State youth ages 12-18 enrolled in middle or high school are eligible to apply, including public, private, and home schools.