Invest Local with Launch NY.
Do you want to make money and a meaningful impact in your own backyard?
Launch NY invests in startups in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, and Binghamton. It is the most active seed fund in New York State.
Are you an accredited investor? Our Investor Network is part of the first family of financing programs that let you Invest Local in the most promising startups in Upstate NY—whether you live in our region or not. With access to our robust pipeline of emerging businesses, you can fund your favorite startup for as little as $10K all from the convenience of your laptop or smartphone with free sign up until the end of the beta phase. What’s more, you’ll join hundreds of other investors and supporters to invest alongside one of the most active seed funds in the country.
Meet our Investor Network company founders:
Launch NY offers Opportunity Funds designed to stimulate startup activity in low-income areas known as Opportunity Zones as part of an unprecedented tax incentive introduced via the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. If you are a member of the Launch NY Investor Network, you can invest as little as $10K from eligible capital gains in qualified companies to defer and mitigate your tax payment on the gains, while eliminating future tax on any appreciation on your investment. By managing all the processes, Launch NY makes it convenient tap this powerful new tax incentive program while using your capital gains to support local startups.
Limited Partner Fund
Launched in April 2019, the Limited Partner (LP) Fund is a key part of our Invest Local financing program that has made it possible for accredited investors to participate in a pooled, for profit fund that fuels the growth of new startups. By investing alongside our nonprofit Launch NY Seed Fund, our Limited Partner Fund is capitalizing new companies every month.
Nonprofit Seed Fund
Created in 2016, the Launch NY Seed Fund is a nonprofit fund fueled by grants and donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, such as the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Treasury CDFI Fund. As the most active seed fund in New York State – and one of the most active in the entire country – the Nonprofit Seed Fund is designed to provide between $25,000 and $100,000 in investment capital to our portfolio companies. Contact us to donate.
Most Active Seed Fund in NYS By the Numbers
Since 2016, Launch NY has invested over $2.9 million in 60 companies with over 130 co-investors bringing 15x additional funding to our portfolio companies.