BUFFALO, N.Y. – Bright Buffalo Niagara, Western New
York’s premier venture forum, is accepting applications from
early-stage high-tech companies that wish to present at the annual
entrepreneur showcase on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
Companies interested in raising capital to grow their venture
may register and submit an application at www.BrightBuffaloNiagara.com.
A new partnership with Buffalo’s upcoming international
business plan competition will offer extra incentive for local
entrepreneurs to participate.
The Bright Buffalo Niagara venture forum will be held at Statler
City in downtown Buffalo and feature the opportunity for presenting
companies to pitch their business plan in brief to investors and
business leaders from across the region. Participants will be given
either a 10-minute or one-minute slot to present to a panel of
angel and venture capital investors.
This year’s venture forum will partner with Launch NY's
business plan competition, which is planned for spring 2014 with $5
million in prizes. All 10-minute presenters at Bright Buffalo
Niagara will advance to the second round of review when applying
for the business plan competition. Event sponsors at the $10,000 or
higher level will receive benefits at the business plan competition
About 100 early stage companies have presented at Bright Buffalo
Niagara, formerly known as the Bright Forum, since it was
established in 2009.
The event has drawn 250-300 attendees each year, including
entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital investors, potential
business partners, industry leaders, elected officials and more.
Since the forum’s inception, participants have gone on to
raise more than $23 million in funding and have gained invaluable
exposure to national markets and potential future investors.
This year’s event will feature keynote remarks from Victor
W. Hwang, CEO of Silicon Valley venture firm T2Venture Capital and
author of “The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next
Silicon Valley,” which highlights how society can foster
innovative economies. The book has been praised as “an
insightful, forward-thinking assessment of what makes Silicon
Valley tick” and a “detailed analysis of the power of
the environment on startup success.”
“Bright Buffalo Niagara helps high-tech companies grow
while building our business environment to be increasingly fertile
for new ventures,” said Marnie LaVigne, PhD, associate vice
president for economic development at the University at Buffalo,
which is the lead organizer of the event. “With the addition
of our partnership with Launch NY's business plan competition, this
year’s venture forum promises to be more exciting and
beneficial to our local startup community than ever before.
Presenting entrepreneurs will make valuable connections with
investors to help their companies flourish, and they’ll have
a unique opportunity to stand out among applicants from around the
world for Launch NY's business plan competition.”
The deadline to submit an application is Aug. 15. Learn more,
including sponsorship opportunities, at www.BrightBuffaloNiagara.com.
Bright Buffalo Niagara 2013 sponsors:
- Growth Stage: Launch NY; the New York State Center of
Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences at the University at
Buffalo; Superior Group; and the University at Buffalo.
- Startup Stage: Colligan Law, LLP.
- Seed Stage: Buffalo Niagara Enterprise; Buffalo Niagara
Medical Campus; Erie County Industrial Development Agency; and
Upstate Venture Association of New York.
- Pre-Seed Stage: Hodgson Russ Attorneys; Insyte
Consulting; and the Western New York Venture Association.