BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Today 43North — The $5 million startup competition – and the Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) announced that they will co-host a networking event entitled Think Big on Thursday, May 19, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Design Innovation Garage (“dig”) within the Thomas R. Beecher Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Think Big is intended to inform local female and minority entrepreneurs about the 2016 43North competition, while networking with 43North winning companies and learning more about business growth, making an effective business pitch and funding opportunities in Western New York.

Guest presenter Lauren Maillian is the founder and CEO of LMB Group, a strategic marketing and advisory company. She is also a founding partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology companies, and the author of the bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms. Most recently, Lauren has brought her passion for entrepreneurship to television as co-star of the new startup focused television docu-series, “Quit Your Day Job,” on Oxygen (NBCU).

Women and minority-led 43North winners Painless1099, Plum and Cytocybernetics will also share their experiences of applying to the competition, winning and operating their companies in Buffalo.

The Innovation Center is located at 640 Ellicott Street in Buffalo, NY. To register for the event, go to www.43north.org.


About 43North

43North is the $5 million competition, awarding cash prizes ranging from $500,000 to $1 million 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 of $6 million from the New York Power Authority and $1 million from Empire State Development. Additional support comes from National Grid, EY, the State University of New York at Buffalo and several other sponsors. For a full list of sponsors and more information about 43North, visit www.43north.org.