July 1, 2020

Launch NY July 2020 Newsletter

Launch NY #InvestLocal Opportunities for $10k+ Investors Ends July 31

The deadline to participate in the latest round of investment opportunities for innovative startup companies in Upstate New York though Launch NY’s Investor Network, the first on-demand digital investment community featuring Launch NY’s portfolio companies across industries throughout the western half of the state, is July 31.

“Despite the challenges to many small businesses right now, our high-growth, high-impact startups are finding significant demand among both investors and customers who want to be a part of supporting and using products that respond to needs to make our environment, ourselves, and our economy healthier and more productive. Our Investor Network provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for investors to put their capital to work right here in their own backyard.” – Marnie LaVigne (President and CEO of Launch NY)

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Startup Spotlight


Launch NY Porfolio Company, Exotanium, Raises $1M

Exotanium, a new company in the Launch NY portfolio, has raised $1M. Exotanium was founded to address cloud complexities by an academic team with deep domain experience. The startup focuses on improvement of cloud-native application security, performance optimization and cost reduction solutions. Talk about the ultimate better, cheaper, faster option across private and public cloud environments!

SunDensity is One of Ten Finalist in NextCorps’ 2020 Luminate NY Competition

SunDensity, a Launch NY Portfolio Company, is in the top 10 teams of the 2020 Luminate NY Finals. The Finals are scheduled to take place Monday, September 14th at  10:30am. SunDensity has developed a Photonic Smart Coating (PSC) technology that optimizes the efficiency of solar panels as well as electronic devices and architectural glass.

Atrevida Science is a finalist in the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

Atrevida Science is a finalist in the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University at Buffalo (UB). The finals will take place in Fall 2020, date is to be announced. Atrevida Science is a Launch NY Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator company, bringing new wind turbine technology pioneered at UB to improve wind energy conversion at the most critical point –the turbine blade.

Heart Health Intelligence Joins Elite American Heart Association Network

Launch NY Portfolio Company, Heart Health Intelligence has joined American Heart Association’s Center for Health, Technology & Innovation’s Innovators’ Network. Heart Health Intelligence, Inc. has developed an innovative, proprietary medical device called the Fully Integrated Toilet (FIT) seat to provide cardiac disease patients with self-contained, passive, daily in-home monitoring.


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Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, August 5th
Managing Your Business Finances During COVID-19

Wednesday, August 5th
MARL Accelerator: Startup Founder Webinar Series

Thursday, August 6th
SBA Rochester – Small Business Financing

Friday, August 7th
PathStone Enterprise Center: Small Business Forum

Tuesday, August 11th
Buffalo Business First – Preparing your business for new directions and growth

Wednesday, August 12th
CNYBAC & TDO Manufacturing Workshop

Wednesday, August 12th
SBA: Women-Owned Small Business Program Changes Webinar

Thursday, August 13th
CNYBAC & TDO Manufacturing Workshop

Wednesday, August 19th
#LaunchHour – Launch NY Monthly TwitterChat

Wednesday, August 19th
MARL Accelerator: Startup Founder Webinar Series

Wednesday, August 19th
The Tech Garden: How to Pitch to Investors in Under 10 Minutes

Thursday, August 20th
Rev Member Exclusive Morning Grind: Website Accessibility


Join the Conversation on Twitter Every Month!


Wednesday, August 19th, 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 “How to Close Down Your Business and Keep Your Bridges Intact” – Catch up here!


Tips from July’s TwitterChat:

@LKS_Law: A4. The human side of the money equation. Businesses, especially startups, fail all the time. If you’re going to be a serial entrepreneur, you need to handle the soft stuff well, which means hard & honest conversations with investors, stakeholders & teammates.


@MarnieLaVigne2: A11. Entrepreneurs who have lessons learned from “failure” can make for some of the most successful future #startups, especially when they have managed challenging times well, so consider a necessary closing as another chance to hone your problem solving skills


View our TwitterChats archive.