Launch NY August 2020 Newsletter

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Launch NY Reports Q2 Investments Totaling $385k Across Nine Companies

Q2 investments from both nonprofit Seed Fund and for profit LP Fund totaling $385,000 in nine companies: 3AM Innovations, Aviate AudioBetterMynd, Eat Me Ice CreamEagleHawkEllicottville GreensParadigmThe Perfect Granola, and Promptous. Aviate Audio, a Buffalo company that has developed a unique wireless device that puts greater creative control at a musician’s fingertip, is our 60th Portfolio Company in our Nonprofit Seed Fund and 34th company in our For-Profit LP Fund.

“The Aviate Audio team is thrilled by the investment and proud to have a capable and supportive partner in Launch NY. The funding is backing our major release of Airpatch, a revolutionary device that wirelessly controls effects from any musical instrument, this year and our plans to grow with the introduction of multiple new products.” – Shane Nolan (CEO of Aviate Audio)

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Launch NY Leadership Recognized Locally, Regionally, and Statewide


Marnie LaVigne Ph.D., President and CEO of Launch NY, was recently recognized in the Buffalo Business First’s Power 150 Women list. Her work has supported over 1,100 startups, with a portfolio including 45% women and/or minority–led businesses, creating support for more than 4,000 jobs in Upstate NY among companies who have attracted more than $740M in capital to the region and generated more than $110M in product revenues.

After serving as the Chair for the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC) for since May 2018, Marnie LaVigne is capping off her tenure at the NYSEDC Virtual Annual Meeting by moderating the keynote panel “The Innovation Economy: Leveraging Technology Through Academia to Aid COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery Efforts” featuring three powerhouse female leaders from across the country, including Heather Hage from SUNY Research Foundation, on September 2nd at 2:15pm! – Register Here

Marnie will be part of the esteemed judge’s panel at the ROC the Room Startup Grind Pitch Battle tomorrow, August 27th from 5-6:30 pm, so please join this exciting virtual competition!


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Startup Spotlight
Fetch! has started a crowdfunding campaign.

Fetch! is an all natural dog treat brand from Buffalo, NY. They provide customers with high quality, healthy and safe alternative to mass-produced dog treats. They have recently started a crowdfunding campaign on WeFunder. On their account, investors can see their pitch deck, ask questions, read other investors’ reviews and review their financials. Investors can invest as little as $100.

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MilkLaunch – A New Startup Competition Announced!

An all new dairy industry startup competition was announced by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, VentureFuel and the New York Dairy Promotion Order Advisory Board. The competition includes a grand prize of $150,000 for the winner to get their dairy product to market and increase dairy sales.

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Meet an Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Meet Siva Kakuturi—An investor and entrepreneur who is “all-in” with Launch NY

Siva Kakuturi, a successful tech entrepreneur, was recently interviewed by Upstart NY about his active role in Launch NY. He provides mentoring and advice to our client companies as an EIR, is a limited partner in Launch NY’s LP Fund, and most recently has invested in companies via Launch NY’s new no cost sign up, deal-by-deal Investor Network offering accredited investors the opportunity to invest as little as $10K.

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Wednesday, September 16th, join us for #LaunchHour! #LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem stakeholders.

We cover new topics every month! – If you missed Juggling Business, Family and COVID” – Catch up here!Tips from August’s TwitterChat:

Q4. What routine did you have in place with your family and work prior to the pandemic? #LaunchHour

@perfectgranola: A4: The silver lining with the craziness of a pandemic means that every day is different and my daughters are given more freedom from a set schedule. We used to live by our calendars and activities, we now have time to enjoy the simple things in life more. #LaunchHour

Q8. What are your plans for managing your family and business as we head into the Fall? #LaunchHour

@TheSiskar: A8. On Sundays have everyone update their to-do list for the week and then in the evening sit down together to share what goals are important for you to accomplish in the next 7 days. The communication and transparency go a long way. #LaunchHour

View our TwitterChats archive.

See founders pitch their startups on August 27th at 5:00-6:30pm! Winner receives a Free one-year membership to Startup Grind’s Startup Program with content, workshops and access to Silicon Valley founders, VC’s and Tech Partners for the winning team AND entry into the global Pitch Battle.

Register Here