Five-day celebration of Buffalo’s emerging startup ecosystem is free and open to the public

BUFFALO, NY – Sept. 10, 2019 – The inaugural Techstars Startup Week Buffalo will take place from Sept. 15 to 19. This five-day celebration of Buffalo’s emerging startup ecosystem will feature dozens of speakers from Western New York and across North America, workshops, networking opportunities, and social events.

This conference, which is free and open to the public, is designed to support and connect Western New York entrepreneurs, aspiring founders, corporate leaders, investors, technologists, innovation leaders, service providers, and those interested in becoming involved in the startup community.

Daily programming, which takes place on a Sunday afternoon and weekday evenings, will be centered around the following seven tracks:

  • Startup 101
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Design
  • Development
  • Game Development
  • Techstars

Attendees can participate in as many Techstars Startup Week Buffalo events as they wish, but registration is required and space is limited. To see the schedule and register to attend, visit All programming will take place at the 500 Pearl building in downtown Buffalo.

The week will be bookended by a pair of celebrations:

Buffalo Game Expo and Kick-Off Party for Techstars Startup Week Buffalo

Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Come play video games and board games created by artists, designers, musicians, and programmers residing in and around Western New York.

Bit Crushed Presents: Warp Zone Closing Party

Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Dance the night away to live music and live video art installations from some of Buffalo’s Chiptune and VJ artists.

More than 20 local organizers have been involved in planning Techstars Startup Week Buffalo. It is presented by the Techstars Startup Ecosystem Development program in Buffalo, which is a partnership between Techstars and 43North, with support from Empire State Development, M&T Bank, National Grid, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Viaduct, and others.

“Even if you’ve never considered starting a technology driven business, this is an amazing opportunity to be a part of the emerging high-growth startup sector in Buffalo. It takes all sorts of people from different walks of life to make an innovation ecosystem thrive, and we hope Techstars Startup Week Buffalo helps create some interesting collisions between motivated individuals,” said Techstars Program Director Clark Dever.

“Techstars Startup Week Buffalo is about bringing the community together and celebrating our emerging startup ecosystem,” said 43North President Alex Gress. “Whether you’re looking to grow your startup, work for an up-and-coming business, invest in Buffalo’s next great companies, or just learn more about our startup scene, you should be there. Register now!”

About Techstars

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporations to grow their companies. Techstars operates three divisions: Techstars Startup Programs, Techstars Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Programs, and Techstars Corporate Innovation Partnerships. Techstars accelerator portfolio includes more than 1,700 companies with a market cap of $18 Billion.

About 43North

43North is the startup competition that invests $5 million annually to attract and cultivate high-growth startups in Buffalo. 43North portfolio companies 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, Empire State Development and several other sponsors. For more information about 43North, visit