Launch NY Newsletter – November 2018

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Launch NY News & Updates Upcoming Events
Launch NY Awarded $150,000 by NYSEG and RG&E to Support New ECO Incubator


Launch NY was awarded $150,000 from New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) to fuel development of an Investor Network initially focused on increasing capital and smart money resources for the region’s growing cleantech cluster. The new award builds upon Launch NY’s recent introduction of the Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator as part of New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) statewide incubator program, which has also attracted funding from National Grid and the John R. Oishei Foundation. Read more about this latest award in our press release.


Do You Want to Help Entrepreneurs? Giving Made Easy


Launch NY makes it easy to pay it forward to promising entrepreneurs with your time, talent, and/or treasure with these options:

1. Donation Options

  1. Want to learn about Launch NY’s new Investor Network? Contact us today for more information!

    3. Interested in using your business expertise and/or technical skills to help high-growth startups? Learn more about hands on mentorship opportunities.


Join us Wednesday, November 21st at Noon for #LaunchHour TwitterChat to Learn How Founder Institute Can Accelerate Your Startup


Founder Institute is coming to Buffalo! Learn how this unique accelerator can take you from idea to founder during our #LaunchHour TwitterChat on November 21,  2018 at noon, with our panel of past graduates, other chapters, and New York City Managing Director and Buffalo native, Kevin Siskar. Never joined a TwitterChat before? It’s easy, just follow @Launch_NY on Twitter and use the hashtag #LaunchHour to see the discussion. Enjoy the conversation and jump in with tweets anytime.

Learn more about the Buffalo Founder Institute program and apply by December 16, 2018.


Are You a Women-Led Tech Startup? Apply to Pitch during Chloe Capital’s Tour


Chloe Capital, founded by Launch NY EIR, Elisa Miller-Out, will be kicking off their national tour in Rochester, NY on December 4, 2018. Their first event will include workshops and pitch sessions, where five women-led innovation companies from across New York State will pitch their ventures live. One company will receive an investment at each tour event from Chloe Capital, and the opportunity to pitch funding partner, Astia Angels, for follow on funding. Learn more and register for the event today!

November 21, 2018

#LaunchHour TwitterChat: Becoming a Founder: How Can Founder Institute Accelerate Your Success?
12:00 – 1:00 PM


November 20, 2018
Startup Grind Featuring Tod Martin
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Buffalo, NY


November 27, 2018
Ignite Buffalo: Storytelling for Your Business
5:00 – 7:00 PM
Buffalo, NY


November 28, 2018
BAIL Part 3 – Insurance – Plan. Protect. Grow. Succeed.
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Syracuse, NY


November 28, 2018
KeyBank Business Boost & Build Presents: The Buffalo Pitch Competition
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Buffalo, NY


December 4, 2018
Chloe Capital Tour: Pitch Event for Women-led Companies
5:00 – 8:00 PM
Rochester, NY


December 5, 2018
3rd Annual Upstate Capital Celebration & Awards
4:00 – 8:00 PM
Rochester, NY


December 7, 2018
RocGrowth Coffee
7:30 – 9:00 AM
Rochester, NY

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Startup Spotlight

Launch NY Portfolio Company Name to Genius NY Semifinals


Congratulations to our portfolio company, EagleHawk, on being named as one of 15 semifinalists in Genius NY, the world’s largest business accelerator competition for unmanned systems! EagleHawk is now seeking to be selected among the final 5 startups who will receive tools needed for success, including stipends, resources, programming, advisors, and connections starting in January at The Tech Garden incubator in downtown Syracuse, NY. Participation in the program culminates in a Business Pitch and cash prizes, ranging from $500,000 to $1 million.

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#LaunchHour TwitterChat Tips Launch NY Resources
LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups and entrepreneurs. Join us over your lunch to hear from expert panelists. Check out our archive for past TwitterChats filled with tips like those below. See you at the next #LaunchHour TwitterChat Wednesday, November 21st at noon.

October 17, 2018
Entrepreneurs Paying it Forward
View the whole chat on Wakelet.

Many startups and established businesses are moving toward creating a more socially or eco conscious business, why do think this is the trend?

  • Michele Liddle (@perfectgranola) – We know this is a good company move because it helps everyone on a global level. Why not create something that creates a better world for everyone?
  • Ainta Fareed Cooke (@GetFokusdPro) – I believe that people understand that there are many needs within the community. Investments into the community builds up humanity, strengthens society and can strongly effect the economy.

How is your business paying it forward?

  • Del Reid (@DelReid) – Every shirt @26shirts sells gives back a portion of its proceeds to a specific family in need. Every design is in effect its own fundraiser event.
  • Ainta Fareed Cooke (@GetFokusdPro) – With every contract we look to hire a teen to assist, giving 14-17 year olds the opportunity to develop, grow, and earn. Through our Young & Fokus’d movement we find youth who are dedicated and driven to achieving their goals, highlight them through photography and film, and provide them with the tools and resources to assist them on their journey towards success.
  • Michele Liddle (@perfectgranola) – We created our company based on paying it forward. Everything we do needs to benefit the community in some way, including donating 5% of profits to local charities.

Are there other ways for entrepreneurs to pay it forward that doesn’t include monetary donations?

  • Ainta Fareed Cooke (@GetFokusdPro) – Paying it forward can also mean spending time and energy. It is important to consider what you are passionate about and what you are able to do. Having a serving heart is key.
  • Michele Liddle (@perfectgranola) – I feel our community service program is one that anyone can implement. We also give in-kind donations. In 2017 we donated over 12,000lbs of granola and granola bars and we now support a 23-county region in Upstate NY with our donations.
  • Del Reid (@DelReid) – Donate product, volunteer, invest in others. Always be ready to lend a helping hand when someone can use assistance.

Join us for our next #LaunchHour TwitterChat, November 21st, Becoming a Founder: How Can Founder Institute Accelerate Your Success?

Upstate NY Resource Network
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Upstate NY Rainforest Canvas Study
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5 Business Stages – Where are you?

Each stage contains critical deliverables for moving forward. Starting with the Explore stage, see where you are on the path to success.
 Find out here >


Entrepreneur Toolkit 
The toolkit is a set of templates and links designed to help start, launch and grow your business in upstate New York.
 Check it out here >


Is Launch NY a fit for you?
Launch NY provides entrepreneurs experienced mentoring using best practice processes and connections to specialized resources both in and beyond the Upstate NY ecosystem.Thus preparing you to compete for and win the funding and additional resources needed to move forward.  Apply Now! >

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Meet the Launch NY Team
Kate Brodock


Kate Brodock is CEO of Women 2.0, a media and tech company focused on gender equality, diversity and inclusion in the tech industry. Serving over 300,000 around the world, Women 2.0 provides content, products and services around parity, and has catalyzed over $90M in funding for female founded companies.

Under Kate’s leadership, Women 2.0 has engaged with companies, such as Medium, Adobe, and Airbnb, to educate internal teams about diversity and inclusion. Kate also led the team in several recent product launches, including its Lane recruitment platform and a “Men as Allies” committee, which aims to engage men in diversity and inclusion conversations.

Kate is a regular speaker, appearing on stages around the world at SXSW, 15 Seconds Festival, Collision Conference, Fast Company’s Innovation Uncensored, and TechStars. She has been featured in the Washington Post, TechCrunch, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and she’s a contributor for Forbes.com.

Read more about Kate and our other EIRs on our website.

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