What a month it’s been! Shortly after the new year, we welcomed five new companies to Buffalo to round out our year eight (Y8) cohort.

Coming from around the world, the founders moved their HQs to Buffalo’s Seneca One Tower and quickly got settled into their new offices. We gave them a tour of their new building, did some interviews with the local media, and connected with a room full of  Buffalo ecosystem builders – and that was just day one!

The remainder of their first week included a Bagel Tuesday breakfast with the Buffalo startup ecosystem, team-building sessions, headshots, and a fireside chat with a panel of founders from our portfolio. 

They were also directly connected with Forge Buffalo to chat about hiring! All five startups are hiring locally -you can check out the open positions on Forge Buffalo’s new job board.


AMPAworks – Santa Monica, CA

Founded by Bianca Gonzales, AMPAworks is a camera that uses computer vision A.I. in order to have full inventory visibility in pharmacies, medical device companies, surgery centers, clinics, and hospitals. 

Mod Tech Labs – Austin, TX

Founded by Alex and Tim Porter, MOD helps enterprise companies create universal 3D content at scale by digitizing the real world using photos. 

Otrafy – Chicago, IL

Founded by Nhat Nguyen and Lucas Cunha, Otrafy is an AI-powered SaaS supplier management platform with the ability to automate compliance and identify risks. 

Phood, New York, NY

Founded by Alex Parmley, Phood integrates with universities’ card services to create a connection between students’ flex dollar accounts and the gig economy. 

Twipes – London, UK 

Founded by Al Borz and Elleanor McIntosh, Twipes are a bio-tech materials company that has developed a material that can break down in water in 3 hours and biodegrade in a landfill in just 7 days. Their first product has been awarded as the World’s first truly flushable, truly biodegradable wet wipes!

We’re eager to watch these companies grow and flourish right here in WNY. If you’re interested in applying to become a part of our next cohort, click here.