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The international region of Buffalo-Niagara, long synonymous with waterfalls, winter and chicken wings, has much more to offer – especially to entrepreneurs and investors. This region is home to a growing high-tech entrepreneurial ecosystem across the life sciences, energy, information technology, and advanced manufacturing sectors.
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Not only is the Buffalo Niagara region a great entry point for Canadian investors and entrepreneurs into the U.S. market, but its location also provides U.S. based companies close proximity to the most concentrated population center in Canada. Businessmen and women in Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio as well as the East Coast are within easy reach of Buffalo by driving or flying into its centrally located airport. Such a prime location makes it easy for an investor to monitor a company or for an entrepreneur to access international and east coast markets. According to Yahoo Small Business, Buffalo ranks 11th in innovation in the nation. This comes as no surprise to those who live here, who are familiar with the rich and prosperous history of innovation in the region. Some "firsts" include:
- first successful skin graft
- first medical facility dedicated to cancer treatment and research (Roswell Park Cancer Institute)
- first implantable pacemaker
- first PKU test
- first hydroelectric power
- first hydrant system and more!
Greater Metro Toronto was the base for both the first radio telegraphic message and the first long distance telephone call.
Rochester was the birthplace of photographic film. This culture of entrepreneurism continues today with cutting edge technological research and startups revolutionizing high-tech fields.
The city of Buffalo and its surrounding regions provide the opportunity to collaborate with other startup companies in high-tech industries and work with top-notch research facilities at the area’s abundance of universities and hospitals.
Buffalo Niagara is home to 15 four-year colleges and universities, and 20 two-year colleges as well. With over 100,000 students enrolled, these colleges and universities graduate more than 20,000 students each year, providing a well trained and eager workforce for local employers. This workforce has lower labor costs than comparable metropolitan areas and is consistently rated very well by employers in terms of honesty, friendliness, skills, education, and enthusiasm about their jobs.
But you do not have to take our word for it. Join us at our next event and explore the many opportunities that await investors, entrepreneurs and service providers in this center of high-tech growth.