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Meet the Team

Who we are and what we do

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Board of Directors

 

 

Officers:

Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., Secretary

  President and CEO, Launch NY, Inc.

 

Michael A. deFreitas, Assistant Secretary

  Attorney, William C. Moran & Associates, P.C.

 

George Chamoun, Treasurer

    Chief Executive Officer, ACV Auctions

Board of Directors:

George Chamoun, Chairperson

  Chief Executive Officer, ACV Auctions

 

Jordan Levy, Vice Chairperson

  General Partner, SoftBank Capital NY

  Managing Partner, Seed Capital Partners

  Co-Managing Partner, Z80 Labs

 

Paul T. Hogan, Director

  Executive Vice President, The John R. Oishei Foundation

 

Zachary Shulman, Director

  Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund

  Director of Entrepreneurship, Cornell University

 

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Mission

 

 

Launch New York, Inc. (Launch NY) is a 501(c)(3) venture development organization whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture to drive job and wealth creation in the 27 westernmost counties of Upstate New York.

 

Industry Sectors

Advanced Manufacturing

Consumer Goods & Services

 Mobile Technology

Clean Energy

Medical Devices

 IT, Web Technology

Nanotechnology

Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals

 

 

Who We Serve

 

We are a Venture Development Organization (VDO)

encompassing the 27 counties of Upstate NY,

playing a unique and necessary role:

Providing “Proof of Concept” Funding AND Support.

 

Launch NY serves the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates

Over

 

 start-up businesses served, comprising

nearly

 

 jobs

 

across NY

500

1,300

Locations

 

Launch NY is headquartered  in Buffalo, with co-location in partner sites in Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester and Syracuse, NY.

 

We have Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), in tandem with our National Mentor Network, working across our entire 27-county region, including each of four state-designated economic development regions—Western NY, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central NY.

 

Built upon best practices in the US, we achieve our mission by providing our startup clients with pro bono mentoring services combined with access to early stage capital.

 

Expert assistance, guidance, and connections to resources, including funding are available by applying through our on-line interview.  apply now >>

Affiliations

 

Launch NY is a member of the following organizations and associations:

 

  • Business Incubator Association of New York State (BIANYS)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC)
  • Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)
  • State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI)
  • Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY)
  • Western New York Venture Association (WNYVA)

 

 

Certification

 

  • Community Development Financial Institutions - or CDFIs - are mission-driven financial institutions that are dedicated to providing financial services and capital to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and underserved communities.

 

What are My Next Steps to Engage with Launch NY?

 

 

We appreciate your interest in our work and mission, and we are always eager to share our vision with those who just want to learn more about the “entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

 

 

 

Marnie LaVigne, PhD

President & CEO

 

 

 

 

To discuss supporting Launch NY, please contact us at:

716-881-8006

 

 

 

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