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43North lets startups pitch to investors, virtually

This week, the organization hosted a virtual “demo day,” allowing 13 of its portfolio companies to make four-minute pitches to 250 investors from around the country. The hope is the brief presentations will ignite investors’ interest, generate follow-up meetings, and ultimately get the funds flowing.

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An Update on Our Plans for 2020

Everything we do at 43North is community-first, and for that reason we have made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel our $5M startup competition for 2020. It is our responsibility to do what is best for our community, and with the great level of uncertainty surrounding the global pandemic, moving forward as planned would be contradictory to that commitment. 

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CleanSlate UV, SparkCharge receive funding boost

Two local startups have received infusions of capital to the tune of a combined $10 million. CleanSlate UV, which makes technology that disinfects mobile devices, raised $7 million in funding, led by Prolog Ventures. SparkCharge, a maker of portable electrical charging devices aimed at serving the automotive industry, closed on a $3.3 million round of seed funding, led by PJC.

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Former 43North winner raises money, charts expansion

SparkCharge came to Buffalo last year after winning the $1 million grand prize in the 43North business competition. The company is poised to further solidify its presence here after completing a $3.3 million round of private financing.

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