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Fourth Installment of Virtual Discussion Series Focuses on When to Pivot

Starting a company is filled with ups and downs. Products and features don’t always work, customers may have no interest in something you thought was extremely valuable or a global pandemic might completely change the way the world does business. Part of being a strong founder is knowing when something isn’t going to work and […]


Grant Program Invites Small Business Owners to ‘Kickstart Your Comeback’ with Erie County Back to Business Relief Fund

Small businesses in Erie County have a new opportunity to apply for COVID-related aid. The Erie County Back to Business Grant Program, which kicked off today, is a $20 million relief fund offering direct financial assistance to qualifying Erie County-based small businesses. Between October 13 and November 2, small business owners can apply for grants […]


Buffalo Business First: Squire Technologies founders selected to Endeavor Global network

Re-post from Buffalo Business First Songe LaRon and Dave Salvant may have seemed like an unlikely match for Buffalo. And it may have seemed like the trajectory of their company, Squire Technologies, would succumb to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the duo continues to make an important mark in Western New York – most recently as the first Buffalo-based entrepreneurs […]


Announcing The Third Installment of Our ‘How to Start a Startup’ Virtual Discussion Series

We’re excited to host the third installment of our ‘How to Start a Startup’ series! Continuing our focus on supporting our portfolio companies and the larger Buffalo entrepreneurial community, this discussion will focus on acquiring customers. Not sure how to get customers, or, more importantly, acquire your first customer after starting a company and building […]


Squire Co-founder and CEO Featured on CBS News

Following six months of lockdowns, stay at home orders and various reopening phases, 43North portfolio company, Squire, is playing a critical role in helping barbershops adjust to their “new normal” as they return to business. Co-founder and CEO, Songe LaRon, recently sat down with CBS News to talk about new products and services designed to […]


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.


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. 


43North Portfolio Company Squire Raises $34M Series B

Barbershop management platform and 43North portfolio company Squire announced today that it has closed a $34M Series B, led by San Francisco-based venture capital firm CRV. Squire received a $650K investment from 43North in 2017, and currently has a customer success and operations team headquartered in Buffalo at Seneca One Tower.