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   October 2014 Newsletter


OCTOBER 29: Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series & Bright Buffalo Niagara, in collaboration with the Western New York Venture Association Presents: "The Wild West of Equity Based Crowdfunding" 


1-2:30 PM: New York State Center of Excellence in
Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
701 Ellicott Street (2nd Floor) | Buffalo NY 14203 


Featured Presenter: Alexander McClean, Associate Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP


Who: Angel investors, entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals

What: The JOBS Act and crowdfuning have the potential to greatly increase funding opportunities for early stage companies. However, companies seeking to raise capital through crowdfunding must comply with current and anticipated securities regulations.

The workshop will provide important information about these rules and the crowdfunding offering process, providing tips on how to complete an equity crowdfunding offering.  

Please contact Jack McGowan at
or 716.636.3626 for more information and to register



OCTOBER 29: Bright Buffalo Niagara Semifinalists Meet-Up 


3-7 PM: University at Buffalo Clinical Translational Research Center
875 Ellicott Street| Buffalo NY 14203 

(Invitation only | Space is limited)


Meet the hottest prospects for investment - the semifinalists and finalists of 43North, the country's largest business plan contest based right here in Buffalo. This VIP, invitation only exhibit and networking event in the heart of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus will be before the October 30th 43North finals to:

  • Check out the select group of companies who made it all the way to the 43North Semifinals among literally thousands of applicants from around the globe in the $5M business competition
  • Exclusive Preview! Meet the 43North Finalists as they wrap up their preparation day activities for the finals pitch

Thank you corporate sponsors:


October 10, 2014 

Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
4:00 p.m.
112 Jacobs, UB North Campus


Who's next?
If you have innovative ideas and want to compete for more than $60K in prizes, the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition is for you! You could win a first prize of $25,000 cash (plus in-kind services valued at $27,000) or a second place of $10,000.

To apply, visit
Questions? Contact or 716.885.5715

October 24 - October 26, 2014

Buffalo Startup Weekend
d!g (design innovation garage)

640 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY (inside the Innovation Center) 


global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a  54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. 

To register and for more information, click here.
AT&T Western NY Civic App Challenge

The challenge - Solve Local! We are looking for thinkers, designers, artists, developers and entrepreneurs to compete in a two-month
hack-a-thon. Participants are asked to create an app that will serve or engage the community. Winners will be eligible for top prizes
totaling $18,000!

For more information and official rules, click here.  

Grant Money Available for UB Engineering Services


University at Buffalo engineering faculty and graduate students are available to provide technical assistance to businesses. The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) grant subsidizes this assistance, such as helping an entrepreneur to bring an innovation to the next level or a small business to upgrade or introduce new technologies.

Visit TCIE's website to apply, or contact Gary Simon at 716.645.8837 or 
The NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) leverages the University at Buffalo's cutting edge materials science and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive innovation and critical R&D activities that directly impact private sector growth in key areas including: advanced manufacturing, life sciences and energy. For more information, contact Chris Janson, business development executive, at or 716.888.4795.
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