About Us

Launch Pad, the Greater Binghamton Start-up Challenge (formerly The Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge) was created to encourage high school students to develop ideas and businesses that directly impact our community. Students will work with advisors and mentors to write comprehensive plans and present their ideas to a panel of business professionals at the final event at Binghamton University. All participants have the opportunity to compete against their peers, win scholarships in several categories and even internship opportunities.


Launch Pad was founded in 2010 by Modern Marketing & Commerce in Binghamton, N.Y. Dan Babcock, the founder and CEO, wanted to encourage entrepreneurship among young people in the Binghamton area.

"The Southern Tier's future depends on innovation and these students will help our community reach its full potential." – Dan Babcock

About Modern Marketing & Commerce, Inc.

Modern Marketing & Commerce is a sales optimization company in Binghamton, N.Y., that's building sustainable, high-value relationships between people and businesses. For 33 years, industry leaders have embedded MMC within their businesses to reinvent their approach to growth. MMC challenges how things have always been done to unleash the untapped potential that lives within every organization. With a blend of leading data, creative and technology, we design, execute and manage tailored growth strategies that transform disengaged buyers into brand advocates. From there, we scale, partnering with our clients to pioneer integrated sales and marketing programs that create more meaningful connections and sustain ongoing milestones.

About GBEOP - Greater Binghamton Education Outreach Program

A non-profit affiliate organization of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, GBEOP’s main objective is to connect business and education within the community to develop a talent pipeline in order to inspire a dynamic workforce. GBEOP, which includes the Broome Leadership Institute, Junior Achievement and Building Bridges, wants to get its members more prepared for our area’s economic competitiveness.

Launch Pad

How it works


What product can you introduce or problem can you solve to make the world a better place? What are you passionate about?


Outline all aspects of your business idea and execution plan.


Create a ten-minute presentation, trade show booth, and a prototype or visual aid. You will also need to record a 1-3 minute elevator pitch.


Local business owners will grade your plans and presentations at Binghamton University.