43North to Host Inaugural Buffalo Leg of 1776 Challenge Cup Competition on Aug. 24

13 Local Startups Will Compete to Represent Buffalo at the 1776 Global Finals in New York City

Buffalo, NY – 43North has partnered with 1776, a startup incubator based in New York City and Washington D.C., to host the inaugural Buffalo leg of the 1776 Challenge Cup, a competition that takes place in 75 cities around the world, with each city choosing a finalist to compete at the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in November.

The Buffalo stop on the Challenge Cup circuit will be held on Thursday, August 24 at dig at the Innovation Center, 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY. Doors open at 4:30 pm, with live pitches beginning at 5 pm and complimentary refreshments during the judges’ deliberation. RSVP for the free event at this link.

For startups to qualify for the Challenge Cup, they had to meet a variety of criteria regarding industry sector, scalability, funds raised and annual revenue. Thirteen companies have been selected to pitch live during the Buffalo event for the opportunity to attend the Global Finals, where they will participate in mentor hours and pitch coaching, network with potential investors and clients from around the world, and get a chance at $100,000 in cash prizes.

The following 13 startups will pitch on August 24:

The following leaders from Buffalo’s business community will judge the event:

  • Hugh Davies, Praxair
  • Scott Stenclik, Superior Group
  • Steven Swift, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY
  • Lorrie Abounader, Invest Buffalo Niagara
  • Michael Zabel, M&T Bank

For more about the Challenge Cup, visit https://www.1776.vc/challenge-cup/.

About 43North

43North is the $5 million startup competition, awarding cash prizes to some of the best entrepreneurs and startups from around the world. 43North winners also receive free incubator space in Buffalo for one year, guidance from mentors in related fields, and access to other business incentive programs such as START-UP NY. 43North operates through the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative and grants from Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority. Additional support comes from National Grid and several other sponsors. For more information about 43North, visit www.43north.org.