With $5 MILLION in investment, 43North is a startup competition unlike any other. But for our portfolio, it’s more than that. It’s our dedicated mentors. And free incubator space in a vibrant city. And the opportunity to operate tax-free. And our network. Click here for all the details on our competition.

Founded in 2014, 43North is made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority and corporate sponsors.

Alex Gress
Lauren Baynes
VP of Portfolio Management & Selection
Nate Benson
Content Director
Kim Bratek
Portfolio Growth Manager
Peter V. Burakowski
VP of Marketing & Organizational Strategy
Tiffani Dickinson
Creative Content Producer
Colleen E. Heidinger
VP of Programming & Community Strategy
Sophie Kennedy
Associate Event Manager
Adam Petrie
Jennifer Reed
Director of Talent Strategy
Brian Straka
Director of Portfolio Recruitment & Selection
Julia Vogt
Incubator Manager

Board Members

Eric Reich
Board Chair
Cletis Earle
Board Member
Pete Grum
Board Member
Tyra Johnson
Board Member
Jordy Levy
Board Chair Emeritus
Bill Maggio
Immediate Past Board Chair
Norma Nowak
Christina Orsi
Board Member
Mike Wisler
Board Member


Pete Augustine
Portfolio Mentor
Former President, New Era Cap Company
Nicholas Barone
Portfolio Consultant
Co-Founder, Helm UX
Peter Demakos
Portfolio Mentor
CEO, StimMed
Jonathan Gorczyca
Portfolio Consultant
Co-Founder, Helm UX
Dan Magnuszewski
Portfolio Consultant
Co-Founder & CTO, ACV Auctions
Maddy Martin
Portfolio Consultant
Head of Marketing & Partnerships, Smith.ai
Jamel Perkins
Portfolio Mentor
Global Vice President, Sodexo
Sharon Randaccio
Portfolio Mentor
President & CEO, Performance Management Partners
Robert Willer
Mentor to Immersed Games
VP of Technology & Operations, Campus Labs
Rachel Weissfeld
Portfolio Consultant
Strategic Sales Executive

Buffalo’s strategic location, infrastructure, and workforce make it a place where startups can truly make their mark (just ask Inc. Magazine).

And the fact that it’s an amazing place to live – with great nightlife, world-class art, an eclectic food scene, vibrant waterfront, and super-affordable housing – is quickly becoming a not very well-kept secret.