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Application window open for round III of $3M Grow-NY food and agriculture business competition

Empire State Development announced this week that the application window for the 2021 Grow-NY business competition is now open and is accepting submissions. Grow-NY, an unprecedented business competition, focuses on enhancing the emerging food and agriculture innovation cluster currently present in Central New York, the Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier regions of New York state. The transformative competition attracts high-growth food and agriculture startups from around the world and across the state where they will compete for a combined total of $3 million in prize money. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2021. From the applications submitted, up to 20 finalists will be selected. ESD is funding the competition through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative connected with the three regions— CNY Rising, Finger Lakes Forward and Southern Tier Soaring. The competition is administered by Cornell University through its Center for Regional Economic Advancement.

“The Grow-NY competition brings together the best entrepreneurial minds in the world to boost job growth and make our agricultural industry even stronger in New York State,” said New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “While we continue to build back better for a more sustainable post-pandemic future, round 3 of the Grow-NY competition will bring investment and opportunity to New York’s farmers and rural communities.”


This article posted in partnership with Locate Finger Lakes, a Finger Lakes economic development initiative designed to assist and foster collaboration among the established Finger Lakes economic development efforts with targeted, proactive, marketing communications and networking.

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