Launch NY October 2019 Newsletter

Startup Spotlight: Circuit Clinical, Launch NY Client Company and 43North Finalist

Circuit Clinical CEO Irfan Khan

Meet Launch NY Client Company, Circuit Clinical.

“Launch NY is more than a funding source; Lindsay Karas Stencel and Marnie LaVigne are very conscientious,” said Irfan Khan, CEO of Circuit Clinical. “I told Marnie our story, and she said that while Circuit Clinical is not typical of companies Launch NY invests in, they could offer mentorship. The fact that Launch thought enough of us as we were rebuilding to spend time, energy and resources made others start looking at us in a new light.”

43 North Finals are taking place on October 30 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets before they are gone.

Six Launch NY Client Companies Selected as Finalists for FuzeHub’s Commercialization Competition

Congratulations to
Launch NY Client Companies:

GCLIProw Inc.
Halomine, Inc
Heat Inverse, LLC
Efferent Labs
Phase Innovations

Fuzehub’s Commercialization Competition on November 18 – 19, 2019 will feature pitches from 19 innovative early stage manufacturing companies competing to win up to $150,000.

Congratulations to Marnie LaVigne
and Launch NY Award Finalists

Marnie LaVigne, President and CEO, pictured with Launch NY Client Companies and Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at Medtech 2019 Awards.Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., President and CEO of Launch NY, was one of only five nominees for MedTech’s 2019 “Economic Development Superstar.”

Launch NY was also recognized as one of only three finalists for Startup Supporter of the Year for our clean energy initiatives. Launch NY was one of only three finalists named by the Northeast Clean Energy Council.


The Top Five Events Not To Be Missed for Entrepreneurs This October

October is bursting with events for entrepreneurs from Main Street and high growth businesses. Here are the top picks from the editorial advisory council from the region’s only digital entrepreneurship magazine, Upstart NY.

From Buffalo Open Coffee Club to the 43 North Finals and Qualifying Round, see what is happening for founders, investors, and community members in Western New York.  

LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem stakeholders.

Check out our archive for past TwitterChats filled with tips like those below. See you at the next #LaunchHour TwitterChat on Wednesday, November 20th

October #LaunchHour TwitterChat:
Women in Cleantech

Q: Do you feel that there has been a change in what has been seen as a typically male dominated industry?

A: The research shows over and over again that female leaders excel in mission-driven organizations. There is no greater challenge than climate change and no greater opportunity for woman to lead the way! #LaunchHour

– Erica Iannotti  (@EricaTheMaker)

A: There has but it’s subtle. I see more women starting in the service side of #cleantech and less behind the development of new #technologies and that’s ok. If anything, they’re able to derisk their path in the industry by watching other people’s mistakes first. #LaunchHour

– Tinia Pina (@viarenuble)

A. The energy storage industry has lots of dudes, lots and lots. We are working to change that, at UEP we have women in battery research, systems eng. and on the manufacturing floor. Change can be slow but it needs to be a deliberate company priority – AMA for #LaunchHour

– Ann Marie (@UrbanElecPower)

A. It’s simply a fact that women are less likely to receive venture capital in our region and across the country. 34% of our portfolio companies are women-led, and with our ability to attract capital from co-investors through our #InvestLocal Financing Programs, we’re helping to fill the gap. 19% of Launch NY’s #cleantech client companies are women-owned/managedwomen-led, since ECO launched 18 months ago, so here’s a call to all women with a great idea in cleantech to contact ECO  #LaunchHour

– Marnie LaVigne (@MarnieLaVigne2)

Meet Launch NY’s Entrepreneurs-in-Residence

Ken Rother is a proven entrepreneur who has built and exited two successful tech/media startup companies. He offers a unique blend of experience leading Web and Mobile technology teams, as well as in‐depth operations expertise in organizations ranging from a few people to a few hundred.