About 43North

Behold the world’s largest business idea competition.

43North gives out $5 million in cash prizes each year to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe.

We came on the scene in 2014 and our first year of winners saw great success. As they prepare to end the year, our 2015 Winners are gearing up to move to Buffalo and will begin working out of incubator in early January. Keep checking back on this site, on Facebook and Twitter to watch as they make their dreams into reality. In addition to a piece of the $5 million pie, the winners receive incubator space, mentorship opportunities and tax breaks. 

Got questions? Scroll down a bit and look through some of our more general notes, check out our FAQ section or email us at info@43north.org. Want to meet our team? Click here!

43North is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, which is driving new economic opportunities throughout Buffalo and Western New York. The competition operates through the support of the New York Power Authority and the Buffalo Billion initiative.

$5 Million in Cash Prizes

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We will award one $1 million grand prize, six $500,000 prizes and four $250,000 prizes.

Money Is Only The Start

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Winners also receive mentorship, tons of marketing exposure and access to START-UP NY, which offers freedom from state taxes for 10 years.

Incubator Space

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We offer our winning teams space in our incubator, which is located in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. We colocate with Z80 Labs, an internet startup incubator, and are adjacent to the dig coworking space, creating an entrepreneurial cluster.

Backed by New York State

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43North is part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority.


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Winners must agree to our Terms and Conditions. Here are two key points to remember:

  • Winners agree to locate in Buffalo, NY for a minimum of 12 months. From food trucks to some of America’s greatest art and architecture, learn why we think you’ll love this place as much as we do.
  • 43North also takes a 5% equity stake in each of our winning companies.

Got Questions?

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See our FAQ page for stuff like a list of our application questions and our judging criteria. Still don’t have your answer? Drop us a line at info@43north.org.