The 2018 New York State Business Plan competition was held on Friday, April 27th at the Zen Building of SUNY Polytechnic University. 120 teams from approximately 75 institutions of higher education from all over New York State competed for cash prizes and prestige at the 9th installment of this event. (In the last issue of Capchips we reported that SUNY PI was refusing to host this competition this year, but fortunately it changed its mind or was directed by the State University of New York to change its mind and host NYBPC).
Regional winners pitched their business plans to a group of judges, as hundreds of spectators looked on. Ultimately, Bitcrusher from the University of Buffalo, won the grand prize of $20,000. Bitcrusher is a software that allows effects to the sound of a guitar to be made from a small piece of equipment on the guitar, without the use of massive rigs or amplifiers. “We are very excited to come out on top and represent the University at Buffalo,” said students Shane Nolan and Ryan Jaquin. “This is our full time gig when we graduate. It was great being around so many skilled and passionate students for the day. We are living the dream and this is our passion. It applies to everything we learned in college and we are very excited for the future.”