Industry Sectors

Advanced Manufacturing

Consumer Goods & Services

 Mobile Technology

Clean Energy

Medical Devices

 IT, Web Technology


Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals



Who We Serve


We are a Venture Development Organization (VDO)

encompassing the 27 counties of Upstate NY,

playing a unique and necessary role:

Providing “Proof of Concept” Funding AND Support.


Launch NY serves the following counties: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates




Launch New York, Inc. (Launch NY) is a 501(c)(3) venture development organization whose mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture to drive job and wealth creation in the 27 westernmost counties of Upstate New York.




 start-up businesses served, comprising





across NY



Board of Directors




Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., Secretary

  President and CEO, Launch NY, Inc.


Michael A. de Freitas, Assistant Secretary

  Attorney, William C. Moran & Associates, P.C.


George Chamoun, Treasurer

    Chief Executive Officer, ACV Auctions

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Meet the Team


Board of Directors:

George Chamoun, Chairperson

  Chief Executive Officer, ACV Auctions


Jordan Levy, Vice Chairperson

  General Partner, SoftBank Capital NY

  Managing Partner, Seed Capital Partners

  Co-Managing Partner, Z80 Labs


Jennifer A. Beckage, Esq. CIPP/US, CIPP/E, Director

  Managing Director, Beckage PLLC


Maggie M. Dorn, Director

  Chief Network Officer at The Motley Fool

  Venture Partner at Motley Fool Ventures


Mel Passarelli, Esq., Director

  President & CEO, Aspera, Boston MA


Zachary Shulman, Director

  Managing Partner, Cayuga Venture Fund

  Director of Entrepreneurship, Cornell University




Launch NY is headquartered  in Buffalo, with co-location in partner sites in Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester and Syracuse, NY.


We have Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs), in tandem with our National Mentor Network, working across our entire 27-county region, including each of four state-designated economic development regions—Western NY, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Central NY.


Built upon best practices in the US, we achieve our mission by providing our startup clients with pro bono mentoring services combined with access to early stage capital.


Expert assistance, guidance, and connections to resources, including funding are available by applying through our on-line interview.  apply now >>



Launch NY is a member of the following organizations and associations:


  • Business Incubator Association of New York State (BIANYS)
  • Economic Innovation Group (EIG)
  • International Economic Development Council (IEDC)
  • NYS CDFI Coalition (NYSCDFI)
  • New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC)
  • Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)
  • State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI)
  • Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY)
  • Western New York Venture Association (WNYVA)





  • Community Development Financial Institutions - or CDFIs - are mission-driven financial institutions that are dedicated to providing financial services and capital to meet the needs of economically disadvantaged individuals and under served communities.







Get started with Launch NY support services.

Apply through our

brief on-line interview. >>



What are My Next Steps to Engage with Launch NY?



We appreciate your interest in our work and mission, and we are always eager to share our vision with those who just want to learn more about the “entrepreneurial ecosystem.”




Marnie LaVigne, PhD

President & CEO





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