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.

Attend Finals Oct. 28!

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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 […]


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 […]



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 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.


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 […]


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 […]