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

[ Dan Babcock, Founder and CEO of MMC ]

The Launch Pad Story

Launch Pad, the Greater Binghamton Start-up Challenge was founded in 2008 by Modern Marketing & Commerce in Binghamton, N.Y. under the initial name: The Greater Binghamton Scholastic Challenge. Dan Babcock, the founder and CEO of MMC wanted to encourage high school students to develop ideas and businesses that directly impact the community. Originally taking place as a live in-person event specific for Binghamton-area students, the program has recently expanded to a virtual platform to welcome participants state wide!


Students work with advisors and mentors to write comprehensive plans and present their ideas to a panel of business professionals at a competition in May. All participants have the opportunity to compete against their peers, win scholarships in several categories and even internship opportunities.