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Hackathon will benefit COVID-19 frontline workers

Apr 10, 2020
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43North may be best known for its annual startup competition and the hundreds of high-tech jobs it has helped create, but the organization holds other types of events as well. The second annual Code:Buffalo hackathon now underway is designed to benefit the community in more ways than one. 


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Cars will be returning to another section of Main Street, under a financial deal between Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and developer Doug Jemal.

Heidinger tapped as new leader of 43North

Jan 27, 2020
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43North, the startup competition that aims to attract new businesses to Buffalo, has a new leader now that the organization's board of directors has tapped Colleen Heidinger to succeed Alex Gress as president.


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Buffalo's annual exploration of the entrepreneurial spirit culminated before a packed house in Shea's Wednesday evening, as 43North passed out $5 million in state funds to companies which are in Western New York or will come here.

43North moving from Medical Campus to Seneca One

Aug 15, 2019
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Downtown Buffalo's growing tech hub has landed a new tenant. M&T Bank recently announced plans to create 1,000 new technology jobs at Seneca One, the region's tallest building. Now, 43North is following the bank's lead.


ACV launches new tool for inspecting vehicles

Aug 1, 2019
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Buffalo-based ACV Auctions continues growing four years after winning $1 million in the 43North business plan competition. The company is adding a new tool to its popular app that could spur further growth.


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The money that has gone into the annual 43North competition is starting to make some money and provide jobs - jobs from working in gardens to predictive data science.

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SparkCharge will be at UB this morning, looking for engineers and scientists and others for its portable electric car charging system. The visit follows last night's victory in the 43North business competition where the company claimed the $1 million dollar prize.


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With eight companies in line to share $5 million in prize money, tonight's final of the 43North business competition has produced enough excitement to sell out Shea's Performing Arts Center. The event arrives as scrutiny builds over the number of jobs produced by the competition. In an interview with WBFO, 43North president Alex Gress says the event has succeeded in creating an "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that is drawing much-needed venture capital to the region.


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The 43North business plan competition had a problem. The Buffalo Billion funded program offers winning startups investments of a quarter of a million dollars and up.  In exchange, companies have to give 43North a five percent stake and come to Buffalo for at least a year.


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Businesses can take years to start, but dozens of local people spent the weekend learning how to take their first steps at the University at Buffalo's Hayes Hall.


43North launches new round of competition

Apr 12, 2018
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Applications are now being accepted for the 5th annual 43North START-UP Competition. It includes a top prize of $1 million and six runner-up prizes of $500,000. All winners also receive free space in 43North's business incubator.

43North is under new leadership

Feb 14, 2018
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A new leader has been named for 43North, the state funded startup competition, headquartered in the former Trico Building, on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

43North welcomes its newest class

Jan 4, 2018
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Several startups are beginning the New Year settling in to their new home on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Wednesday marked move-in day for the newest class of 43North winners. 

Debate over New York State's economic development policies, and their impact on Western New York, has spread beyond an exchange between a local state lawmaker and the head of a key development agency.  A statewide government watchdog agency and the Lieutenant Governor have also offered differing points of view.


Testimony at an Assembly hearing Monday grew heated as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s economic development chair defended some faltering job creation programs.


As it distributes millions of state dollars to its winners, the 43North business competition has drawn attention to Buffalo from startup companies from around the world. While that notoriety possesses debatable value, the competition has not been as successful at finding companies willing to stay in Buffalo on a long-term basis. In her review of contest winners, Charlotte Keith of Investigative Post finds that out-of-town winners often leave after staying here for the mandatory one-year term.


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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.


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A company founded three years ago as a startup is announcing a new phase of its operation, and settling into a bigger space on Delaware Avenue.

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A Buffalo-based software startup, founded three years ago, has landed a major regional client. The company's founder hopes this partnership serves as an example to other bigger businesses, by encouraging them to help other smaller companies get off the ground.


THE PITCH increases its prize pool

Aug 3, 2017
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To help boost entrepreneurship among women and minorities 43NORTH has announced plans for the 2nd Annual THE PITCH Business Plan Competition. This year's prize pool has nearly doubled to $50,000.

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Buffalo is becoming a hotbed for business entrepreneurs. The city is ranked number two on Entrepreneur Magazine’s list of booming communities for start-ups.

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An annual competition that awards business startups up to one million dollars, as well as other incentives to develop in Buffalo, is now beginning the task of picking its 2017 winner. They'll continue to award startups much-needed cash boosts for years to come. One of Governor Andrew Cuomo's top economic development leaders explained why the program is working.


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The Buffalo-based business competition 43North, which has awarded millions of dollars to startups for the past three years, has officially launched its fourth annual contest. To help kick off the event Friday, guests including elected leaders and representatives of past winners took turns praising the program.


With a prize of $5,000 on the line, organizers of the UberPITCH contest are seeking entrepreneurs who are ready to present their startup ideas today. Co-sponsors 43North and Uber NY teamed up for the contest to bring "innovation and creativity to the Western New York community," said John Gavigan, Executive Director of 43North.

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When the cell phone you hold in your hand and press against your face is at least six times dirtier than the average toilet seat, it begs the question: Is it safe to use in a hospital? The answer: Not so much. A winner of New York’s 43North competition is out to change that, and they’re finding more uses for their product than originally planned.


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Oncolinx took another major step last night toward its goal of creating targeted cancer immunotherapies. The company was named the winner of the $1 million prize in the 43North business idea competition. Co-founder Sourav Sinha says the prize will expedite the company's timetable of developing new cancer treatments.


More than a dozen entrepreneurs are in Buffalo for today's final qualifying round of 43North's business idea competition. For the third annual competition, 43North raised the bar for a shot at $5 million in prizes.  


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Applications are now being accepted for the third annual 43North startup competition. New York state is offering $5 million in prizes to help entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.

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Many are familiar with the 43North competition, which has been awarding millions in prizes to new Buffalo businesses in recent years. Now the state is providing $20 million over four years, including $10 million in prize money, for the new 76West clean energy competition in the Southern Tier.

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