Food & Agriculture Competition

Grow-NY is a business competition focused on growing an enduring food and agriculture innovation cluster in the Grow-NY region. The competition attracts innovative, high-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe and engages them in the region’s rapidly-growing startup ecosystem.

Finalists will pitch their business ideas for a chance to win up to
$1 million.

Winning companies will be required to execute bold plans to grow jobs, connect with local industry partners, and contribute to a thriving Upstate economy.

Grow-NY Competition Teams


High-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition.

Grow-NY Business Growth


Up to 20 finalists are matched with experienced mentors and receive customized business development trips to the region.

Grow-NY Competition Funding


$3 million will be awarded each year to seven startups. The top prize is $1 million.

Applications are now closed

Competition Timeline

Grow-NY Applications Open

Applications Open

May 31, 2019

Grow-NY applications closed

Applications Close

July 15, 2019

Grow-NY Competition Teams Selected

Finalists Selected

August 2019

Grow-NY Pitch Competition

Mentoring & Business Trips

Fall 2019

Grow-NY Competition Winners Announced

Pitch Competition & Summit

(Winners Selected)

November 12-13, 2019

The competition will run again in 2020 and 2021

New York Food & Agriculture

The Grow-NY region of Upstate New York is filled with leading-edge academic and commercial resources in food and agriculture. These resources fuel the rapidly-growing startup culture and innovation hub that is thriving in the region.


The Grow-NY competition will leverage the region’s existing resources and firmly establish New York state as one of the best communities in the world for food and agriculture companies to put down roots.

Attend the Summit

Join the top startups from around the globe, world-class researchers, and partners from across New York State for a two-day event showcasing food and ag innovations that will change the path of our industry 

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