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 or pre-venture startup in Dutchess County 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 opens for submissions April 3, 2017. See rules for official entry guidelines. Deadline for submission is July 21, 2017 at 5pm.

Complete your application below and submit your business plan summaries to, with your Business Name and Innovation Challenge as the subject.

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

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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.