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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You’re Invited! These 43North Finals Events are Open to the Public!

43NORTH FINALS RETURNS This fall, the high-stakes 43North Finals event returns and top founders from around the world will battle live on stage for a cut of $5 million and a chance to grow their business right here in Buffalo! Never been? Here’s your chance to see what startups are all about! Whether you’re a […]


Fall activities in Buffalo, NY 🍁

Here in Buffalo, we are lucky enough to enjoy all four seasons, each with indoor and outdoor activities year-round! Fall in WNY is especially beautiful, as deep shades of amber, auburn, and crimson engulf the trees, creating breathtaking foliage views across Lake Erie and its surrounding areas. If you’re making your way to the Queen […]


Seneca One Spotlight

Seneca One Tower, located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, radiates with promising energy that continues to ripple into the entire city. Serving as a beacon for Buffalo’s growing startup and tech ecosystem, the tower is home to the 43North team, our current cohort, and many other startup leaders.  In 2014, Douglas Jemal purchased the […]



Forge Buffalo’s 716 Career Fair

Oct 25, 2021 at 3:00 pm — Seneca One Lobby

Forge Buffalo, 43North’s cooler younger brother that’s on a mission to connect talent with startups and tech companies in 716, is bringing hundreds of opportunities at the fastest-growing companies in town to the 716 Career Fair.

Join us at Seneca One on Monday, October 25 at 3 pm for your chance to connect with companies like ACV Auctions, Odoo, Squire, Jerry, PostProcess and few others that might appear on the 43North Finals stage later in the week!

In addition to connecting you with some of the best companies in town, our partners at we’re inviting our partners and hiring experts, Viaduct, to share personalized advice on how you can build a resume that stands out to a startup, interview tips and tricks and more. We’ll hook you up with a new headshot for your LinkedIn photo, some Forge Buffalo swag, and we’re bringing in a fashion expert that can tell you how to dress for startup success!

Ready to redefine your nine-to-five,  looking to learn how you can forge your path with a Buffalo startup or interesting in connecting with our growing startup and tech ecosystem? Register for the 716 Career Fair today!

43North Semi-Finals

Oct 27, 2021 at 11:00 am — Seneca One Tower

Nineteen finalists (including five startups from Buffalo) are coming from around the world to pitch at 43North Semi-Finals in the Seneca One Tower auditorium at 11 am on October 27th. Of the 19, only 10 will move on to pitch at 43North Finals the following night. Come get a sneak peek of which finalists will rise to the top and go on to pitch at Shea’s!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are NOT required.

These 19 finalists will pitch in the Seneca One Auditorium starting at 11:00 am

11:06 AM: Kilter | 📍 Madison, WI
11:19 AM: Laundris | 📍Austin, TX
11:32 AM: Verivend | 📍 Buffalo, NY
11:43 AM: ShearShare | 📍 McKinney, TX
11:58 AM: BotFactory | 📍 Long Island City, NY
12:11 PM: FLOX | 📍 London, England
12:24 PM: Cheelcare | 📍 Richmond Hill, Canada
12:37 PM: Top Seedz | 📍 Buffalo, NY
12:50 PM: VeriTX | 📍East Aurora, NY
1:07 PM: Infiuss Health  |📍 San Jose, CA
1:50 PM: Metabob | 📍 Mountain View, CA
2:03 PM: Kapitalwise, INC | 📍 New York, NY
2:16 PM: AKALA | 📍 Beverly Hills, CA
2:29 PM: Big Wheelbarrow |📍 Austin, TX
2:42 PM:BetterMynd | 📍 Buffalo, NY
2:55 PM: Zealot Interactive |📍Arlington, VA
3:08: NixCode | 📍 Kalamazoo, MI
3:21 PM: Ognomy |📍Williamsville, NY
3:34PM: Ontopical |📍Calgary, Canada

43North Finals

Oct 28, 2021 at — Shea's Performing Arts Center

Back and better than ever! 43North Finals returns as startups from around the world come together to battle live on stage for a cut of $5 million! Don’t miss your chance to see who takes it all!

The event is FREE and open to EVERYONE! Whether you’re a passionate Buffalonian, a job seeker, a student, an entrepreneur, or just someone who loves a good high-stakes competition, this show is for YOU!

Seating is limited, so get your tickets now and we’ll see you on October 28th at Shea’s!

View Shea’s Covid-19 policies here.


Winning & Thriving with 43North’s Startup Accelerator Program

How to Submit an Application That Will Get Your Startup Noticed Every year, 43North receives hundreds of applications from outstanding founders of seed-stage startups. Then, they go through three rounds of judging before we even decide who will come pitch on stage. So how do you make your startup application stand out from the rest? […]


New York State 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 New York State 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 businesses in […]


And We’re Back! 43North Startup Competition is Open

Two years ago and the last time we kicked off our startup competition, we were an accelerator that was seeing growth with rising stars in our portfolio. Today, as we officially open our seventh competition and search for our next cohort, we’re an accelerator with a unicorn and publicly traded company among our ranks, and […]