The Investable Startup Connection

Fueling startups in Upstate NY


Investment Opportunities

Despite more than $3B in research and development annually in Upstate NY, only 3% of venture capital invested annually in NYS comes to the region to turn this innovation into new products, services and businesses. While neighboring states like Pennsylvania and Ohio have had communities fueled by significant, multi-year funding for entrepreneurship, Launch NY is the first venture development organization (VDO) to assemble this vital support on behalf of making Upstate NY a thriving hub of start-up business activity.


Today's investors now have options for supporting startups through venture philanthropy all the way to returns-based investments. Accredited investors can even participate in funding startups online, which is the focus of Launch NY's new Crowdfunding Support Program. Launch NY can walk you through the investment paths and opportunities.  contact us >>

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Launch NY serves high-growth startups

who depend on

investment capital from


angel investors,

and venture capital.





The Launch NY Newsletter, focuses on issues, events, information and collaboration for its readers. Lead stories are often determined by conversations with our regional entrepreneurs in previous months.


Additionally, upcoming events and useful educational tips are provided to encourage participation and conversation within the startup ecosystem of Upstate NY.


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 start-up businesses served, comprising





across NY



If you are interested in learning more,

please contact us.

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Launch NY is grateful for the support it receives from foundations, public agencies, economic development organizations, institutions, businesses, and individuals who share a common vision of building stronger communities and creating jobs through venture development and entrepreneurship. Their commitment to transforming Upstate NY’s economy for the 21st century makes our work possible.     View more about our Platinum Awards >>

Platinum Awards

Founder's Circle


Where does our region stand when it comes to the Rainforest Canvas model of innovation ecosystems developed by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt? Launch NY recently completed a project of the Rainforest Canvas in Upstate NY and wants to share the results of 30 interviews with ecosystem stakeholders.


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The Rainforest Canvas is based on the book “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley,” by Victor W. Hwang and Greg Horowitt, and is built to help you visualize your organization's ecosystem for Innovation.



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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





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