|Launch NY’s 2018 Annual Report
Launch NY saw unprecedented growth in 2018 marking its first year as the most active seed fund in NYS, its second successive year with an award from U.S. Treasury Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, notification of a second award from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for $4.5MM to start in 2019, and designation with a $1.5MM award by New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) as the Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator. Launch NY’s 2018 Annual Report is now available for download.
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, October 16 on Women in Cleantech
September #LaunchHour TwitterChat:
Diversity in Investing
Q: What changes have you seen in the venture funding ecosystem as it pertains to diverse investors?
A: The good news is that we’re seeing more diverse investors and more diverse-led funds. The bad news is we’re still not moving the needle because women and people of color aren’t getting funded nearly enough and we’re squashing innovation because of it.
– Allyson Kapin (@WomenWhoTech)
A: I started investing in @startups after selling my company. After teaching the ACTiVATE program, I realized how disparate the funding was for #women
– Julie Lenzer (@ChiefMuse)
A. It has been nice to see the shift towards a more inclusive investment ecosystem including men & women of all races, ages and backgrounds over the past 5 years. Prior to that, it was pretty monochromatic
– Lindsay Karas Stencel (@LKS_Law)
A. At Launch NY, we broke new ground as the only nonprofit VDO – exclusively female led at that – serving all startups across our entire region.
– Marnie LaVigne (@MarnieLaVigne2)