May 2021 Newsletter

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Thanks to new federal funding for Launch NY and Cornell University’s Center for Regional Economic Advancement, regional startups, especially those owned by women and/or underrepresented minority groups, will now have 100% virtual access to resources to help them succeed, regardless of future threats like the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Launch NY Awards First Founders Go Big Investment

Launch NY has awarded its first funding through its Founders Go Big (FGB) program for underrepresented founders to Anaghe Atelier, a Buffalo-based men’s clothier and online retailer led by Anthony Boyd and specializing in hand crafted, custom made clothing, including sweat suits, shoes and sneakers. Anaghe Atelier will receive $25,000 from Launch NY’s nonprofit fund.

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Startup Spotlight
Veteran-owned startup, and Launch NY Portfolio Company, MemoryFox, has received a $100,000 investment from the Buffalo Innovation Seed Fund. The company has raised a total of $380,000 in seed funding.
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ZiZo Launches Software Platform

Launch NY portfolio company, Zizo Technologies has officially launched its employee retention software platform and is onboarding customers.

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Launch NY Portfolio Company, braidbabes, has closed on $415,000 in pre-seed funding including contributions from Launch NY’s nonprofit and LP funds.
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Upcoming Virtual Events

Tuesday, June 1st
LevelUP- An Event for Hustlers & Entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, June 2nd
Food for Thought #10: Driving Growth for NYS Manufacturers

Wednesday, June 2nd
CNYBAC Virtual Series: Insurance for Clinical Trials – Product Liability & Product Recall – How to Reduce Premiums!

Wednesday, June 2nd
Join 43North for an Announcement and Celebration!

Thursday, June 3rd
Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Success Stories

Tuesday, June 8th
Diversity & Inclusion Symposium

Tuesday, June 8th
Startup Legal Protection – What you need to know!

Wednesday, June 9th
Grow-NY Information Session

Wednesday, June 9th
A BRIGHTER FUTURE Climate Tech Innovation Fueled by Diverse Founders

Monday, June 14th
Grow-NY Information Session

Tuesday, June 15th
5 Keys to a Successful Compensation Plan for Your Sales Team Workshop

Wednesday, June 16th
Leadership Summit

Wednesday, June 16th
Speaker Series Vistage #2: Make Shift Happen

Wednesday, June 16th
Virtual Panel of Experts: Diversity & Inclusion

Thursday, June 17th
Fireside Chat with Event Tech Company CEO, Travis Tucker

Thursday, June 17th
BN360 Event:  Developing a Self-Care Routine

Tuesday, June 22nd
Sixth Annual Cleantech Financial Innovation Summit

Wednesday, June 23rd
#LaunchHour – Launch NY TwitterChat

Wednesday, June 23rd
Grow-NY Information Session

Thursday, June 24th
Pitch Your Pivot

Monday, June 28th
Grow-NY Information Session

Tuesday, June 29th
Launch NY Portfolio Company Showcase for Accredited Investors

Wednesday, June 30th
CNY Biotech Accelerator Upstate Medical University Presents Concept to Commercialization Virtual Series: Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) Process

Catch up here! –  “Startup Guide to Preparing Your Finances” We cover new topics every month! Join us every third Wednesday of the month! Next twitterchat is May 26th. #LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups, entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem stakeholders.
Tips from May’s TwitterChat:
Read the full conversation here
Q5. How can a startup stay organized with their finances early on to avoid issues down the road? #LaunchHour
Scott T – A5. You should seek a well qualified accountant with a strong tax background. A good resource will pay for itself. You should interview several options and seek recommendations from others including other startup companies in your area or @Launch_NY#LaunchHour
Q10. Are there any resources you would recommend to startups in addition to Launch NY? #LaunchHour
Scott T – A10. Meeting with @SBAgov or talking to local organizations that help startups are good first steps. Capital Connect is a great resource to go to for financial advice.(@PECIBizHelp@pursuit_lending@WEDIBuffalo#LaunchHour
View our TwitterChats archive.

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