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You are invited to attend the live reveal of the top 20 finalists of the 2021 Grow-NY global business competition! Tune in to learn about the finalists and this year's record-breaking applicant pool.

About Grow-NY

Grow-NY, one of the biggest  food and agriculture  business competitions in the world, is  strengthening  the food and agriculture innovation clusters of the Finger Lakes, Central New York and Southern Tier regions of New York state. 

Winners will be required to  create a positive impact  in the Grow-NY region, grow job  opportunities, connect with local industry partners and contribute to a thriving Upstate economy.  Each year, one finalist will be selected for a $1 million top prize;  two $500,000 prizes; and four $250,000 prizes will also be awarded for a total of $3 million in prize money.

Empire  State Development is funding the competition through its Upstate Revitalization Initiative  connected with the three regions—Finger Lakes Forward, CNY Rising and Southern Tier Soaring. Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement is administering the competition.  

About Empire State Development 

Empire State Development (ESD) promotes a vigorous and growing state economy, encourages business investment and job creation, and supports diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance. To learn more about ESD, visit esd.ny.gov. 

About the Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement 

The Cornell Center for Regional Economic Advancement (CREA) supports economic impact in Upstate New York through entrepreneurship and innovation. We help people advance ideas that will create jobs in all fields in our region, to enrich the area’s economic diversity. To learn more, visit crea.cornell.edu. 

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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. Innovative food and agriculture startups will compete for their chance to win $1 million.

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