Food & Agriculture Competition

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.

Finalists will pitch their business ideas for a chance to win up to
$1 million.

Winning companies will be required to execute bold plans to grow jobs, connect with local industry partners, and contribute to a thriving Upstate economy.


COVID-19 Update

During this unprecedented pandemic, economic development programs like this competition identify and support innovative, high growth potential startups, so that they scale, create new jobs, and leverage the region’s wealth of food and ag assets. Grow-NY will provide a boost to the economy at a time when it is urgently needed.

Grow-NY Competition Teams


High-growth food and agriculture startups from across the globe are encouraged to enter the competition.

Grow-NY Business Growth


Up to 20 finalists are matched with experienced mentors and receive customized business development trips to the region.

Grow-NY Competition Funding


$3 million will be awarded each year to seven startups. The top prize is $1 million.

Applications are now closed

Competition Timeline

Grow-NY Applications Open

Applications Open

March 31, 2020

Grow-NY applications closed

Applications Close

July 15, 2020

Grow-NY Competition Teams Selected

Finalists Selected

August 2020

Grow-NY Pitch Competition

Mentoring & Business Trips

Fall 2020

Grow-NY Competition Winners Announced

Pitch Competition & Summit

(Winners Selected)

November 17-18, 2020

The competition will run again in 2021

New York Food & Agriculture

The Grow-NY region of Upstate New York is filled with leading-edge academic and commercial resources in food and agriculture. These resources fuel the rapidly-growing startup culture and innovation hub that is thriving in the region.


The Grow-NY competition will leverage the region’s existing resources and firmly establish New York state as one of the best communities in the world for food and agriculture companies to put down roots.

Summit 2020

Get ready to see the finalists pitch their startups. Save the date for Summit 2020: November 17-18.

Summit 2020