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Marnie LaVigne, PhD

President & CEO





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77 Goodell Street, Suite 201

Buffalo, New York 14203



Launch NY is grateful for the support it receives from foundations, public agencies, economic development organizations, institutions, businesses, and individuals who share a common vision of building stronger communities and creating jobs through venture development and entrepreneurship.

Their commitment to transforming Upstate NY’s economy for the 21st century makes our work possible.



Jul 18, 2016  The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation awards $2.5 million grant to Launch NY . . . >>

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation was established by founder and owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Upon Wilson’s passing in 2014, he requested that a significant share of his estate be used to continue a life-long generosity of spirit by funding the foundation which bears his name.

The Foundation has a grant making capacity of $1.2 billion over a 20-year period, which expires December 31, 2035. This structure is consistent with Wilson’s wish for immediate impact and innovation, and his desire that the trustees see the impact of the investment in their lifetimes.




The U.S. Economic Development  Administration leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness and preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. Its investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States. This foundation builds upon two key economic drivers—innovation and regional collaboration.




The John R. Oishei Foundation is a catalyst for change to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership and network building. The Foundation’s roles in the community include strategic, results-oriented funding; leadership and leadership development; organizational assessment and capacity building; change management; convening; cultivating networks and collaborations; and advocacy of public policy. The Foundation envisions the Buffalo Niagara region as a safe, healthy, thriving, culturally rich and diverse community.



The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation


The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation is a private, philanthropic organization that focuses its work in Western New York and is devoted to the development of a stronger Western New York Community.





National Grid recognizes the importance of economic development in the regions it serves.   The grant to Launch NY  will support our Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, which works to match experienced mid-career professionals with high-potential startup companies within  27 counties of upstate New York. Through the program, our EiRs will conduct outreach efforts to these markets through educational seminars, events and partner programs; will offer readiness assessments to initial candidates for support; and will provide hundreds of hours of support to companies  selected for the program, with the main objective of this phase being to help companies access capital and grow within the region.




Erie County Industrial Development Agency (ECIDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1970 by an act of the New York State Legislature to promote and assist private sector industrial / business development thereby advancing job opportunities and economic well-being to the people of Erie County. Its mission is to provide the resources that encourage investment, innovation, growth and global competitiveness—creating a successful business climate that improves the quality of life for the residents of the region.



M&T Bank is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York. M&T’s principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Trust-related services are provided by M&T’s Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank. ©2017 M&T Bank. Member FDIC. For more information, see www.mtb.com.

As part of the M&T Bank, the M&T Charitable Foundation strives to strengthen communities by providing support for a diverse range of civic, cultural, health, and human service organizations.

They believe healthy communities are the foundation of successful businesses. Through grants and in-kind services, the M&T Charitable Foundation works in partnership with nonprofit organizations that focus on improving the quality of life in our regions. The M&T Charitable Foundation offers financial support and resources to many types of organizations, including, but not limited to, those that support arts/culture, civic affairs, healthcare, education and human services.




Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas hardest hit by the global economic crisis. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities.




UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS)connects high-potential partners to a vast array of resources among government, academia and industry to foster technology-based economic development in Western New York. The CBLS is also home to UB’s Office of Economic Development (OED), Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI), and Center for Computational Research (CCR).




New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) and Rochester Gas and Electric (RG&E) are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. Their economic development programs have provided assistance to a wide-range of businesses and organizations. Since 2010, NYSEG and RG&E have invested more than $50 million in upstate New York to attract new companies and jobs as well as retain existing ones.




The New York Power Authority (NYPA) provides clean, low-cost and reliable energy consistent with its commitment to the environment and safety, while promoting economic development and job development, energy efficiency, renewables and innovation, for the benefit of its customers and all New Yorkers. Through its Western New York Economic Development Fund, NYPA backs projects that support the growth of business in the State and thereby lead to the creation or maintenance of jobs and tax revenues for the state and local governments.