Innovation Challenge

Calling All Entrepreneurs, Innovators and Visionaries!

Do you have an idea, startup, or existing business that you are ready to take to the next level? Get your business plans ready. Think Dutchess and its partners are proud to announce a new initiative as a way to foster and grow your business right here in the Hudson Valley – the Innovation Challenge!

This is an entrepreneurial competition for Hudson Valley residents who have an established business less than 36 months old in Dutchess County or pre-venture startup looking to locate in Dutchess and seeking to gain knowledge, support and prizes to further develop your business. Take advantage of the unique resources Think Dutchess provides to help you launch your business.

Contestants will be required to submit business plan summaries for an opportunity to win big prizes to support their startup including:

  • cash prizes
  • professional business services
  • research, marketing, and promotional guidance
  • networking opportunities
  • invitation to the Think Dutchess Business Excellence Awards

Contest will open again in 2018.  Stay tuned for rules and official entry guidelines.

See the 2017 event HERE!

*All original ideas, business summaries, and information submitted are completely confidential.



A premier business-led organization, Think Dutchess Alliance for Business brings together 10 agencies under one unified vision for one-stop shop site selection, financing, incentives, permitting and advocacy, strategic planning and counseling, marketing and networking.