New York's biggest capital raising bracket tournament is open to all CUNY students at ANY stage from idea to venture.

CUNY Startups has partnered with Castle Placement, Amazon and Inventr to deliver a March Madness bracket style tournament where student teams compete on-line until the field is narrowed down to the top four teams. The top four teams then present their business plans to a panel of investors and audience at Amazon’s New York City Loft.

At the end of the event the judges and audience (voting on their phone app) select the winner. The grand prize is free access to CPGO Network, which provides a three-month capital listing on Castle Placement’s website, 100 targeted investors with contact information, and access to CPGO (Castle Placement’s proprietary capital raising app).

2019 Details

Free listing on

Free CPGO Network – capital raising services from Castle Placement 
Free report and consultation from Inventr – using A.I. to help startups in the patent process


3/26 Deadline for contestants to sign-up/complete application

4/5 Deadline for accepted contestants to submit 5-page investor presentation

4/22 Online voting begins

4/30 Final Four decided

5/3 Live Final Four pitch and winner decided at Amazon Loft

2019 sponsors