43North Finals with 10 ‘Shark-Tank’ style pitches to be held October 3 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

43North is excited to announce ticket availability for the 2018 43North Finals on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Downtown Buffalo. Now in year 5, the 43North Finals are the most exciting night for the Buffalo startup ecosystem and 43North encourages the public to reserve their tickets while they’re still available.

“Last year I was sitting in the audience at Shea’s and as we fast forward a year it’s incredible to be in the trenches with the 43North team planning another exciting night for the Buffalo startup ecosystem,” said Alex Gress, President of 43North. “We have the opportunity to show off our great city to remarkable startups from around the world and in turn the community has the opportunity to see world-class startups begin their story in the Queen City.”

Tickets for the 43North finals are free to the public. Different than in years past, the public will be able to reserve specific seats at Shea’s Performing Arts Center and those interested in attending the finals of the $5 million startup competition are encouraged to reserve their seats early.

16 to 20 startups will be invited to finals on Wednesday, October 3. After a morning pitch, judges will narrow the pool to 10 startups that will pitch live, “shark-tank” style, in front of a packed audience at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for a top prize of $1 million. Similar to previous years, the winning startups will move to Buffalo in January 2019.

“The 43North Finals are such an exciting night for the Buffalo business and startup community,” said 43North Chairman Eric Reich. “We’ve got a lot in store this year and this is an excellent event to learn more about the growing startup community in Buffalo.”

Tickets for the 2018 43North Finals can be reserved at 43North.org, the Shea’s box office or Ticketmaster.

About 43North
43North is the $5 million startup competition, awarding cash prizes 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 from Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority. Additional support comes from several other sponsors. For more information about 43North, visit www.43north.org.