2017

  • University at Buffalo

    Twenty-four of the best and brightest regional companies have been selected to participate in UB's Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo June 28 at the Hotel Henry.

  • Buffalo Business First

    A collection of local partners are backing a new magazine dedicated to entrepreneurs across Western and Central New York.

  • The Buffalo News

    A Buffalo startup that makes comfort pads for breastfeeding moms has teamed up with one of the biggest names in baby products.

  • Rochester Business Journal

    House at Work LLC, a website startup that connects homeowners with home improvement professionals, has raised $25,000 in funding from Launch NY, officials said.

  • Buffalo Business First

    The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region will host a two-day small business festival next month that provides local experts, panel discussions and networking opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Programs will take place May 1 through May 2 at a variety of locations throughout Erie and Niagara counties. Locally, insurance agency Lawley and Launch NY, a nonprofit venture that supports startup companies, have agreed to sponsor the festival. All events are free to attend, but registration is required and available here.

  • University at Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A team led by a UB doctoral student took first place on April 12 in the University at Buffalo’s Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC) for a technology that generates hydrogen gas from water. Judges included Launch NY President and CEO, Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D.

  • Buffalo Business First

    3AM Innovations is developing a system that helps fire departments track personnel during emergency situations, replacing the decidedly old-fashioned way most departments operate.

  • Buffalo Business First

    Launch NY President and CEO, Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., was named to Buffalo Business Firsts 2017 Power 250.

  • Buffalo Business First

    The company’s model would involve cancer doctors sending tumor data to its lab in Buffalo, where it would be analyzed. Accutheranostics expects to hear in the coming months whether it has received New York state licensing, which would qualify it to sell service nationwide.

  • The Batavian

    For a woman founder, statistically speaking at least, the odds of getting that early-stage seed backing is even higher. About 3 percent of all venture-backed companies are headed by female founders. That makes Batavia's Georgann Carrubba pretty unique. She now has access to $200,000 in seed funding through Launch NY and Excell Partners.

  • WBTA

    “This investment is exciting for many reasons not the least of which is that TenCar was founded by a nurse that saw an existing quality of life problem for ostomy patients and decided to invent a new product, ‘The Choice Cap System’,” said Marnie LaVigne, President and CEO of Launch NY. “Working with TenCar over the past two years illustrates the power of our venture development organization model that provides both mentoring and seed funding to accelerate market entry and growth.”

  • The Daily News

    BATAVIA — With a $100,000 investment announced Monday, TenCar founder Georgann Carrubba says the Choice Cap ostomy prosthetic appliance will be in production later this year.

  • The Daily News

    “We are pleased to be part of driving the renaissance in the region, which is bringing together new businesses that are building and growing in tandem with the existing community, to drive future jobs and prosperity for all citizens,” stated Janet Day, Robert Kresse, and Thomas Lunt, trustees of The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

  • Buffalo Business First

    The investments – styled as debt that will eventually turn into equity – marked the conclusion of the Critical Path accelerator program, conducted with Launch NY, the University at Buffalo, Invest Buffalo Niagara and the Western New York Incubator Network. It's part of the broader VilCap Communities initiative, sponsored by Steve Case's Rise of the Rest tour. Rise of the Rest named Buffalo a VilCap community after Case's visit to the region in fall 2015.

  • The Buffalo News

    Two Buffalo-based startups have won $50,000 each through an accelerator program that provides venture capital, networking and mentoring services to promising life-sciences companies.

  • Buffalo Business First

    Following is Business First's annual listing of companies to watch in 2017, chosen unscientifically among various startups with big decisions, growth milestones and financing events ahead of them.

2016

2015

  • The Buffalo News

    After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, philanthropy gets its turn with Giving Tuesday. Several local charities and nonprofits are participating, including Launch NY. Today donations to our crowdfunding campaign at givegab.com can be made free of website surcharges.

  • Buffalo Business First

    Launch NY has pulled in about $35,000 in online contributions in the past month – money that will be used to back scalable early-stage companies from Buffalo to Albany. The Buffalo-based organization's crowdfunding campaign aims to raise at least $100,000 by Dec. 4 and represents a piece of its overall $5 million nonprofit seed fund.

  • Buffalo News

    On Sept. 30, Steve Case’s Best of the Rest bus tour will arrive in Buffalo. This is a significant achievement for the emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem that locals have been feeding and nurturing for the last decade.

  • Cornell Chronicle

    Three student teams took home prizes April 16-17 in contests held during Entrepreneurship at Cornell’s Celebration conference, while another 10 teams presented their final pitches at eLab’s Demo Day.

  • Buffalo Business First

    Launch NY expects to start making investments into start-up companies in Western and Central New York in the first few months of 2016.

  • 43North

    BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Buffalo is a city on the rise for entrepreneurship. This spring, startup companies from Buffalo will go head-to-head with entrepreneurs from six other cities to prove it.

  • Digital Journal

    Launch NY is giving Upstate NY expats, returning for the holidays, an opportunity to take part in the continued growth of the startup community. This year they will have a chance to get involved through Giving Tuesday donations, to support a new seed fund helping area startup companies at the critical proof-of-concept stage.

  • Buffalo Business First

    David Colligan, founding director and current chair of the Launch NY Board of Directors, was appointed to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr Foundation Board of Trustees. The foundation was created after the passing of the former Buffalo Bill’s owner, liquidating assets to create the $1.2 billion foundation to be distributed over a 20 year period. The goal of the foundation, the largest in the Upstate NY region, is to enhance the lives of the community members in Greater Buffalo and Southeast Michigan through sustained investment. The announcement comes at an exciting time when Launch NY is in the midst of a crowdfunding venture philanthropy campaign for its new nonprofit seed fund https://www.givegab.com/nonprofits/launch-ny/campaigns/launch-ny that is reaching out across Upstate NY, as well as to expatriates around the country.

  • Democrat & Chronicle

    Feeling particularly philanthropic? Launch NY wants you to give to Rochester area startups, particularly if you're a Finger Lakes native.

  • Buffalo Rising

    Launch NY is asking the community to step up to help fund regional start-ups, by making monetary donations so that the young companies have access to the resources that they need to make a go of it. In turn, these start-ups will help to fuel the economic growth of Western New York. Only recently has this region begun to recognize the impact that these high growth, high impact companies can have in both the short term and long term.

  • The Buffalo News

    Launch NY has raised more than $26,500 in a crowdfunding campaign that will go toward an investment fund to help finance startup businesses across the state.

  • The Buffalo News

    Entrepreneurs working with Launch NY have access to business, ...

  • Huffington Post

    In Buffalo, we saw the power of a community that believes in a comeback, and the transformative effect a positive attitude can have.

  • Daily Camera

    The Boulder-based Innovation Center of the Rockies (ICR), is expanding its incubator program eastward with a recent $500,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The grant - awarded to ICR along with co-applicant Buffalo, NY-based Launch NY - aims to match ICR's advisers with Launch NY's young corporate clients.

  • Dan Miner, Reporter. Buffalo Business First

    If you're looking to provide financial backing ...

2014

  • Financial Times

    Marnie LaVigne, chief executive of Launch NY, a not-for-profit body providing support to early-stage ventures: “Entrepreneurs can really enjoy working and playing at the same time.”

  • Buffalo Business First

    Marnie LaVigne, one of the University at Buffalo’s most recognizable faces in the area of economic development, is leaving the university to spearhead a nonprofit she helped found.

  • University at Buffalo

    BUFFALO, N.Y. - The University at Buffalo and Launch NY announce the debut of a new website connecting current and would-be entrepreneurs to upstate New York resources that offer assistance in starting, growing and managing a business.

2013