43North Finals - October 30, 2019 at Shea's Performing Arts Center

Welcome to 43North Finals

We started with over 500 applications, narrowed it down to 129 semifinalists, and then 15 finalists. On October 30, the Top 10 pitched live at Shea’s Performing Arts Center for their shot at a share of $5 million in investment, with a top investment of $1 million and 7 investments of $500,000 each. They’ll also get mentorship, free office space, tax benefits, and recruiting and marketing support in 2020.

Congratulations to our 8 newest portfolio companies: Strayos, Circuit Clinical, GroupRaise, Peanut Butter, PocketSuite, Rally, Robodub, and WhoseYourLandlord!

Learn more about our Finals judges and Top 10, as well as how you can get involved in the local startup community below!


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Since 2014, 43North has invested in 44 startups that have gone on to create 600 local jobs and raise an additional $430M in venture capital.

Here’s just a snapshot at what our portfolio has been up to!

  • ACV Auctions surpassed the 1,000-employee mark, upped their operating territories to 138, and unveiled a new patent-pending imaging technology called Virtual Lift. They also raised a $150M Series E, making them the first startup unicorn in Buffalo!

  • Forsake rolled out their sneakerboots to 123 REI stores earlier this year.

  • LegWorks launched a new hydraulic knee named the ATK HydraPro.

  • Immersed Games received a National Science Foundation Phase II grant for $746K.

  • Kangarootime raised a $3.5M round led by Cultivation Capital out of St Louis, and has since hired 8 new Buffalo-based employees.

  • CleanFiber raised $5M and won $250,000 in the 76West Clean Energy Competition.

  • CoachMePlus won a $750,000 SBIR Phase II to become the leading provider of human performance software to the US Air Force.

  • Plum raised a $4.2M seed round led by Real Ventures, with support from SAP.iO and BDC Capital’s Women in Technology Venture Fund.