Cory Rosenfield knew the deal: in exchange for up to a $1 million state investment in his fledgling company, he would have to move the business to Buffalo for at least a year – and hopefully much longer.

Steve Case, the co-founder and former chairman of AOL, is in Buffalo today with his "Rise of the Rest Road Trip," an initiative that looks to encourage startup companies.

A new competition has been launched to encourage startup businesses from across the globe to grow in Western New York.

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A new business competition is expected to attract entrepreneurs from around the world to Western New York. The “Build It Buffalo” business plan competition is expected to be the most ambitious the United States has ever seen.

Weekend event connects startups with business experts

Oct 7, 2013
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An event that helps new small businesses leverage support and gain feedback for their ideas was held at the University at Buffalo last weekend.

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A venture forum held in Buffalo Tuesday gave dozens of local startup businesses an opportunity to link directly with potential investors.

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Western New York is home to more than 200 growing startup companies catering to specific medical and life science needs.

While these small businesses offer unique products and services, they don’t always have a market for their goods or the personnel to aggressively seek out buyers.

A new initiative will try to give at least 40 of these companies the extra sales muscle to move $25 million worth of local products in the next three years.

'Hand in glove'

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Humans have always been vulnerable to airborne illnesses – especially given the developments in chemical and biological warfare. That vulnerability led two professors in upstate to pioneer a solution for sterilizing air.

But success in business has so far proven elusive.

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Buffalo’s latest business incubator is on the hunt for small tech companies who are long on ideas, but perhaps short on cash, office space and personnel. 

Calling itself Buffalo’s first Internet-focused incubator, Z80 Labs launched Monday with a well-orchestrated launch party featuring the region’s tech elite, as well as Forbes CEO Mike Perlis, and prominent venture capitalist Fred Wilson.