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Techstars will share its "roadmap" for helping to grow Buffalo's startup ecosystem at an event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on May 30 at Hotel Henry, at 444 Forest Ave. in Buffalo. Techstars earlier this year announced a local partnership with 43North, and named Jack Greco as its executive director for Buffalo. The organization said it has interviewed more than 60 stakeholders…

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The story goes like this: Zandra Cunningham was obsessed with lip balm. When her dad stopped bankrolling her habit, the 9-year-old had to learn to make her own. Nine years later, that's turned into a $500,000 skin care company with products sold nationwide in such stores as Costco and Target. There is more to the story, of course, but maybe not what you think. Cyn…

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Wanted: more investors to bolster upstate startups. Launch New York hopes to sign up more than 300 accredited investors in the next two years to its newly established investor network. Launch New York invests in and mentors startups in the 27 westernmost counties of New York state. Since 2016, its seed fund has invested more than $1.6 million in 35 companies. Meanwhi…

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Launch New York has received two grants totaling $150,000 from New York State Electric and Gas, and Rochester Gas and Electric. The grants will build upon existing business mentoring programs in Launch New York's Emerging Cleantech Opportunity Incubator, as well as support development of an online investor network to connect entrepreneurs and potential backers. The i…

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An entrant called T.I.L.T. took first place in the Buffalo Startup Weekend competition. The annual event aims to develop ideas for new businesses over a 54-hour span, culminating in pitches to judges. T.I.L.T. (short for This is Like That) consisted of Dan Gigante, Luke Jezioro, Peter Cimino and Nicholas Cimino. The concept involves recommending new places to try, such …

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Nearly 400 business owners are expected in Buffalo this week for Nerve, the East Coast regional conference of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. The three-day conference runs from Wednesday through Friday, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. The lineup of speakers includes Yancey Strickler, former CEO of Kickstarter.          

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Over a span of 54 hours at Buffalo Startup Weekend, ideas for new businesses are set in motion, culminating in pitches to judges. But organizers want to produce a more lasting impact from the participants' intense schedule of hard work. "This year, we really want to put an emphasis on encouraging teams to continue to work on their ideas after the weekend is over," sa…

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An entrepreneurship competition at the University of Buffalo has narrowed its field to 11 teams, who will contend for $52,000 in seed funding and services. The annual Henry Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition has moved into the semifinal round, after judges watched 33 pitches and cut the field to 11 teams led by UB students. The contest is hosted by the …

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43North, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise and Paget Films have released a short YouTube video called "Next Things Now: Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Buffalo" that promotes our city not just an urban area bursting with modern innovation, but one that has entrepreneurship deeply ingrained in its history. Sparked in part by 43North's business plan contest, which awarded $1 mi…