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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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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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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.

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Order Takeout and Support FeedMore WNY on June 2nd Through Takeout for Good

43North portfolio company GroupRaise is hosting a nationwide effort to support food banks called Takeout for Good on Tuesday, June 2nd. More than 1,500 restaurants across the country have signed up to donate a portion of their sales (15-25%) during the event to their local food bank, including several right here in Western New York.

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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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