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Students from Alfred University, Alfred State will pitch business proposals at fourth annual AHA! Competition

In the fourth annual AHA! Allegany County Startup Collegiate Competition, scheduled for Saturday, April 6, teams of students from Alfred University and Alfred State College will present their ideas for creating a new business. Winning teams will be awarded cash prizes, which can be uses to put their business plans into action.

The competition will be held from 1-4 p.m. April 6 and be hosted by Alfred University, which also served as host for the inaugural 2021 competition as well as the 2022 event. Alfred State hosted in 2023.

According to organizers, the mission of the competition is to:

  • Bring together students from the two colleges to work together to move the local economy forward.
  • Cultivate the entrepreneurial spirit in our student population.
  • Retain the talent of our young professionals in Allegany County.
  • Help the growth of small businesses.
  • Provide real-world experiential learning opportunities for students.

Teams of students present their business ideas, with the winning plans determined by a panel of judges. There is $8,500 in cash prizes available; top winners will receive cash toward the launch of their business as well as in-kind donations of professional services. Undergraduate students of any major are welcome to participate. Please email to sign up or get more information. The deadline for registering up is Feb. 16.

The competition is a partnership of Alfred University, Alfred State College, and IncubatorWorks.