Entrepreneurs As the lifeblood of our economy, we encourage regional entrepreneurs and help them make their next connection.

Entrepreneurs
As the lifeblood of our economy, we encourage regional entrepreneurs and help them make their next connection.

Investors Meet the most promising young companies and network with fellow investors, business leaders and elected officials. 

Investors
Meet the most promising young companies and network with fellow investors, business leaders and elected officials. 

Sponsors Sponsors of Bright Buffalo Niagara generously support our efforts to help young companies thrive. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

Sponsors

Sponsors of Bright Buffalo Niagara generously support our efforts to help young companies thrive. Sponsorship opportunities are still available!

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Bright Buffalo Niagara Mentor Match-Up

Looking for assistance with your start-up or young business? Trying to win a cash prize from $5M offered by the 43 North Business Plan Competition?

The Bright Buffalo Niagara Venture Forum has been a place for entrepreneurs to connect with investors and business opportunities since 2009. Now with the launch of the new $5M 43 North business plan contest, Bright Buffalo Niagara wants to support you again—with our  Bright Buffalo Niagara Mentor Match-Up  you can meet with business mentors who can help you start-up and grow your business AND be ready to pursue funding from sources like the 43 North competition, who is accepting applications through May 31st.

Take advantage of this free opportunity by booking a 30-minute appointment on a first come first serve basis.   Following your session, mingle with fellow entrepreneurs and then stay to network and hear the 4-5 pm lecture on the 43 North competition.

Mentor Match-Up:

March 6, 2014: 2:00—4:00 PM

NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences

701 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, NY 14203

         Space is limited. Register for Mentor Match-Up today at        

cbi-rsvp@research.buffalo.edu

Please indicate the business, industry and whether it is existing or new in your registration.

Bright Buffalo Niagara Business Mentors:

Diane McMahon, Esq., Entrepreneurial Services Lead, National Grid, UB Office of Economic Development

Jack McGowan, Project Manager at Insyte Consulting

Scott Cassety, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Launch NY

Martin Casstevens, Commercialization Manager, STOR; Director, NYSERDA Directed Energy Program

And more!

 

 

Western New York's Premier Venture Forum

Since 2009, Bright Buffalo Niagara has partnered with local investors and entrepreneurs to cultivate an ecosystem that nurtures economic growth.

Whether you're an investor, entrepreneur, business leader or just someone who cares about building a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, attend the Bright Buffalo Niagara venture forum. You'll have the chance to meet with dozens of innovative young companies from across Western New York and beyond. 

Learn more about the 2013 presenters or watch video of this year's event. Or, view the 2013 Bright Buffalo Niagara highlights package here.  

Did you attend Bright Buffalo Niagara and would like to share your feedback? Take our post-event survey here. 

A Fantastic Day for Innovation

Thank you to everyone who participated at this year's forum for helping cultivate our entrepreneurial ecosystem - including our presenters, investors, committee, and our 2013 sponsors.

Check out the coverage of the event:

The Buffalo News

WBFO

Buffalo Rising

We look forward to hearing from our presenting companies as they continue to network with our investor community - in the meantime, we will be adding photos and videos to our Facebook page, so be sure to "Like" us today!