With $5 MILLION in prizes, 43North is a competition that’s in a league of its own. But it’s more than that. For winners, it’s an amazing staff and dedicated mentors. And free incubator space. And healthy tax-breaks. And some fierce ping pong. Click here for all the details on our 2017 competition.

Founded in 2014, 43North is an unprecedented program, made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority and corporate sponsors.

Our winners are helping to fuel a remarkable story that’s well under way – the renaissance of a great American city. BUFFALO, NY is poised to show the world what a 21st century city looks like, and that it’s a fertile ground for visionaries, pioneers, dreamers, and doers.

John T. Gavigan
Executive Director
Peter V. Burakowski
Director of Marketing
Daniel P. Greene
Director of Operations
Colleen E. Heidinger
Director of Events & Programming
Pete Petrella
Strategy and Development Lead
Adam Petrie
Lauren Rivett
Director of Incubation
Elle Anderson
Business Development Associate
Nate Benson
Digital Media Manager
Amy DiSarno
Office Manager
Lee Locklear
Events Coordinator
Kim Speier
Content Marketing Manager
Brian J. Straka
Communications Manager

Board Members

Bill Maggio
Chairman of the Board
Eric Reich
Vice Chairman of the Board
Pete Grum
Board Member
Tyra Johnson
Board Member
Jordy Levy
Chair Emeritus
Norma Nowak
Christina Orsi
Board Member


Paul Eibeler
Mentor - Formarum
Chairman - Cokem International
Eliot Lazar, MS, MD
Mentor - Oncolinx
elCon Med
Bryan Lookatch
Mentor - PathoVax
Convergence Healthcare
Jack Luther
Mentor - HigherMe
Chairman - Dunkin' Donuts (now retired)
Tom Occhino
Mentor - WeDidIt
Software Engineer - Facebook
Irwin Pastor
Mentor - Asarasi
President & CEO - Pepsi-Cola Buffalo Bottling Corp.
John Pond
Mentor - UltraCell Insulation
President & CEO International Fibers (now retired)
Ron Schreiber
Mentor - Bounce Imaging
Partner - Softbank Capital
Steve Simpson
Mentor - WeDidIt
Machine Learning Engineer at Gaggle
Paul Vukelic
Mentor - Asarasi
Try-It Distributing Company, Inc.

With a rich heritage of entrepreneurs and innovators, the resurgent BUFFALO, NY is ready for its close-up.

Its strategic location, infrastructure, and workforce make it a canvas where ambitious startups can truly make their mark.

And the fact that it’s an amazing place to live – with remarkable (and super-affordable) housing, world-class art, a fantastic food scene, and a vibrant waterfront – is quickly becoming a not very well-kept secret.
Buffalo is a city in motion, and we will not rest. We move forward together.