February 19, 2018
Launch NY Newsletter – February 2018
|Launch NY News & Updates||Upcoming Events|
|Launch NY has Invested Over $900,000 in 23 Upstate NY Startups
Since the Launch NY Seed Fund’s (LNYSF) first investment in Rachel’s Remedy in March 2016, 22 of Upstate NY’s most promising startups have received funding from Launch NY, making the LNYSF the most active seed fund in Upstate NY. Almost half of these investments have included co-investors from inside and outside the region, totaling more than $3.1MM in co- and follow-on investments. The latest additions to the LNYSF portfolio include software, sensor technology, smart wearables, advanced chemical, and food companies. Read more about them in our latest press release.
Launch NY President & CEO Named to Power 250
Congratulations to our President & CEO, Marnie LaVigne on being named one of Buffalo Business First’s 2018 Power 250!
#LaunchHour TwitterChat: Government Procurement: Making the US Government Your Best Customer
Prepare Your Startup to Hire the Right Talent
Join Viaduct on March 22nd for their Scaling Your Business: Adding Talent webinar! Increase your startup’s odds of success by learning how to build the right team. This webinar is about helping CEOs and founders avoid critical mistakes when it comes to finding, evaluating, and selecting talent for your company. Register for the free event today!
|February 21, 2018
#LaunchhHour TwitterChat: Government Procurement: Making the US Government Your Best Customer
12:00 – 1:00 PM
February 21, 2018
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March 22, 2018
Creating Strong Remote Teams Through a Digital “Place”
Walkabout Workplace is a cutting edge remote work space application startup, headquartered in Buffalo, NY. Walkabout Workplace aims to tackle the common problem faced by remote teams – missing face to face engagement, like walking down the hall to get a quick answer. What should take a few minutes can now take hours and the reliability of today’s collaboration tools can be hit or miss and confusing. Their online workplace is a “place” to go to work with your remote team and clients via live video, screen share, and simple to use tools.
“Launch NY has helped us many ways in our successes to date. First, the online resources that Launch NY offers on its site are critical for a new business startup. They have everything you need to get your ideas down in writing, set goals, evaluate markets, and more. Next, Launch NY has supported us with an awesome entrepreneur-in-residence, Manoj Pooleery, who has imparted his wisdom that has helped us fast track our success. Last, but not least, all of the people at Launch NY have been extremely supportive and helpful in introducing us to prospective clients and investors.” – Antoinette Forth, Co-Founder & CEO, Walkabout Workplace
Read more about Walkabout Workplace’s entrepreneurial journey on UpstartNY.org.
|#LaunchHour TwitterChat Tips||Launch NY Resources|
|LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups and entrepreneurs. Join us monthly to hear from industry experts on our panel. If you missed us you can view our past TwitterChats in our archive and checkout some great tips from previous months below!
January 17, 2018
Q2. How do you identify and engage with potential investors? How do you or how should startups prospect for investors?
Q3. How do you or how should a startup grow your network of potential investors?
View the whole chat on Storify.
Join us for our next #LaunchHour TwitterChat, this Wednesday, February, 2018!
|Upstate NY Resource Network
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Upstate NY Rainforest Canvas Study
5 Business Stages – Where are you?
Each stage contains critical deliverables for moving forward. Starting with the Explore stage, see where you are on the path to success.
Is Launch NY a fit for you?
|Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Introduction|
|Meet Don DeLaria|
Don’s career has spanned a number of industries with a variety of companies both big and small. After investment banking, syndicate, and institutional equity sales, Don founded Deephaven Financial Group, where he led investor relations efforts for numerous companies. He later moved into the movie business with Regal Entertainment Group, to a stock loyalty start-up, Loyal 3 and to Zep, Inc., a specialty chemical company.More recently, Don has led business development efforts for a specialty chemical distributor and two companies engaged in the field of artificial intelligence.
Don enjoys giving back by mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs through local incubators and accelerators. He mentored at the ATDC in Atlanta (the oldest incubator in the U.S.) prior to moving to the Buffalo area. He’s also a member of the Western New York Venture Association and Buffalo Angels. He’s especially skilled at the LEAN start-up method and facilitating and implementing LEAN processes to drive enhanced efficiency.
Read more about Don and our other EIRs on our website.