With $5 MILLION in investment, 43North is a startup competition that’s in a league of its own. But for our winners, it’s more than that. It’s our dedicated mentors. And free incubator space. And freedom from state taxes for 10 years. And our network. Click here for all the details on our competition.

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


Alex Gress
Lauren Baynes
AVP of Portfolio Management & Selection
Nate Benson
Director of Media & Public Relations
Peter V. Burakowski
VP of Marketing & Organizational Strategy
Colleen E. Heidinger
VP of Programming & Community Strategy
Lee Locklear
Events Coordinator
Adam Petrie
Jen Reed
Director of Talent Strategy
Kim Speier
Portfolio Growth Manager
Brian J. Straka
Director of Portfolio Recruitment & Selection
Julia Vogt
Incubator Manager

Board Members

Eric Reich
Chairman of the Board
Pete Grum
Board Member
Tyra Johnson
Board Member
Jordy Levy
Chair Emeritus
Bill Maggio
Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
Norma Nowak
Christina Orsi
Board Member


Pete Augustine
Mentor for All Year 4 Winners
Former President, New Era Cap Company
Singleton Cox
Mentor to Qidni Labs
Director of Mergers & Acquisitions, DaVita Inc.
Peter Demakos
Mentor to All Year 4 Winners
CEO, StimMed
Donna Genesky
Mentor to Femi Secrets
Vice President of Retail, Delaware North
Jamel Perkins
Mentor to All Year 4 Winners
Sr. Executive, Sodexo
Sharon Randaccio
Mentor to All Year 4 Winners
President & CEO, Performance Management Partners
Robert Willer
Mentor to Kangarootime
VP of Technology & Operations, Campus Labs

Our portfolio is helping to fuel a remarkable story that’s well under way – the renaissance of a great American city. BUFFALO, NY is a fertile ground for visionaries, pioneers, dreamers, and doers.

Buffalo’s strategic location, infrastructure, and workforce make it a place where ambitious startups can truly make their mark.

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