43North — It's Happening Here$5M Startup Competition & Accelerator Program in Buffalo, NY


43North is an accelerator that hosts an annual startup competition, investing $5M per year to attract and retain high-growth companies in Buffalo, NY. Now in its seventh year, the competition offers startups a chance to secure up to $1 million in funding and land a spot in 43North’s next cohort.

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Governor Cuomo Launches Year Seven of 43North Startup Competition

Call for Founders to Grow Businesses in Buffalo for Cut of $5 Million in Investment Finalists to Face-Off at Live In-Person Pitch Event in October Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications are now being accepted for the seventh year of 43North, the $5 million startup competition that attracts world-class entrepreneurs to grow their […]


Buffalo Business First: 43North is reinvesting in three winners. Here’s what they’ll do with the money.

The following is a repost of an article from Buffalo Business First highlighting 43North awarding follow-on funding to three of our portfolio companies. We’ve also included a recap video for a behind-the-scenes look at our follow-on fund selection process. 43North has reinvested in three companies that previously won awards in its namesake competition. Kangarootime, CleanFiber and […]


Reflecting on ACV’s Rise to IPO

ACV’s IPO is an incredible feat by any standards – even the Silicon Valley ones; so for a home-grown Buffalo tech company to hit this milestone, it is a monumental achievement, and its impact will be equally as remarkable in our region. So before we officially turn the page on this chapter, we sat down […]



Ecosystem 101: An overview of Buffalo’s tech and startup communities

Jul 16, 2021 at 11:00 am — Join Us Online!

Innovation is everywhere and our Ecosystem 101s are designed to help onboard you to a city’s startup and tech communities, offering an overview of the top businesses, industries, trends and quirks that define the region’s innovation economy. So if you’re an investor, executive or entrepreneur that’s looking to learn more about everything happening within and around Buffalo’s ecosystem, or you’re a resident that could benefit from a quick refresher on the exiting founders and startups that are in your backyard, this hour will serve as the ideal introduction.

SHOWCASE – Meet the Founders:
Ofo Ezeugwu – WhoseYourLandlord
Remi Ducrocq – Kyklo
Emmily Bowman – Braid Babes
Irfan Khan – Circuit Clinical

Moderator – Dan Miner, Buffalo Business First

Panelists include:
Dan Magnuszewski – ACV Auctions
Eric Reich – 43North
Christina Orsi – University at Buffalo
Rohit Gupta – Future Communities Capital

Time will be reserved after the panel discussion for a brief Q&A with the audience.

Who should attend?
– Startup founders, leaders and employees
– Entrepreneurs
– Investors
– Corporate Innovators
– Stakeholders in the innovation community
– Individuals who want to learn more about innovation in Buffalo

Email Jennifer Houle, [email protected] with questions.

43North Why to Apply Webinar (Replay)

Jul 18, 2021 at — Watch the Replay!

This event was held on June 9, 2021. Watch the replay of the virtual event HERE

Is your startup ready to scale? 43North has $5 million to invest and is looking for our next cohort. Learn more about why you should apply to the 43North startup competition and how 43North can accelerate your growth.

43North’s VP of Portfolio and Selection, Kevin Siskar joined founders Joe Neiman of the unicorn and publicly-traded ACV (43N Y2); Songe LaRon of barbershop tech platform, Squire (43N Y4); and Nadia Hamilton of the assistive consumer tech Magnusmode (43N Y5), for a discussion and Q&A around topics including:

-Competition Details
-Benefits of 43North’s Program
-Tips on Standing Out During the Application Process


43North 2020 Year In Review

2020 looked like a year to retreat on the surface, but for 43North, it’s been a year marked by great momentum and the type of traction that turned things we only dreamed about when we started in 2014 into reality. This year, our portfolio companies raised over $150 million in venture capital, walked away with […]


Buffalo Business First: SomaDetect CEO says $6 million raise will push ag-tech products into full commercialization

The following is a repost of an article from Buffalo Business First featuring 43North Y4 portfolio company SomaDetect. Around the horn in Buffalo’s startup ecosystem … Soma surging SomaDetect announced that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding, an event which will help push the ag-tech startup into full commercialization. SomaDetect won the […]


TechCrunch: Is EV charging the next gig for the gig economy? SparkCharge thinks so

The following is a repost of an article from TechCrunch featuring 43North Y5 portfolio company SparkCharge. Last week the mobile charging battery company SparkCharge announced a partnership agreement with AllState that expands the company’s reach into vehicle services, driving the company further down the road toward its goal of making electric vehicle charging the next gig economy job. The […]