BUFFALO, N.Y. – Bright Buffalo Niagara, Western New
York’s premier venture forum, will feature 35 promising young
companies in the life sciences, energy, software and other
high-tech industries who will pitch to potential investors in
10-minute or one-minute sessions.
Over 300 attendees, including investors, entrepreneurs and
elected officials, are expected to attend the venture forum on Oct.
1. The presenting companies represent a diverse cross-section of
the region’s growing high-tech economy, working in fields
including nanotechnology, drug development, green energy,
smartphone applications and many more.
The forum also includes a keynote speech from Victor Hwang, San
Francisco-based venture capitalist and author of “The
Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley.”
When: Oct. 1, 2013, 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Victor Hwang keynote remarks:
12:30 p.m.-2 p.m.
Company presentation sessions:
10-minute presentations begin: 9:45 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 2 p.m.
and 3:45 p.m.
One-minute presentations begin: 12:15 p.m., 4:45 p.m.
Where: Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.
Full event schedule: www.BrightBuffaloNiagara.com/events-schedule.
On Sept. 30, organizers of the venture forum will host a VIP
reception and dinner for investors, company presenters, elected
officials including New York State comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli,
and others from 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the University at Buffalo’s
Clinical and Translational Research Center, 875 Ellicott St.,
About Bright Buffalo Niagara:
About 100 early-stage companies have presented at Bright Buffalo
Niagara since it was established in 2009, with 250-300 attendees
each year including entrepreneurs, angel and venture capital
investors, potential business partners, industry leaders, elected
officials and more. Since its inception, Bright Buffalo Niagara
participants have gone on to raise more than $23 million in funding
and have gained invaluable exposure to national markets and
potential future investors.
Bright Buffalo Niagara 2013 sponsors:
GROWTH STAGE SPONSORS: Launch NY; Superior Group; UB’s New
York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life
Sciences; and the University at Buffalo.
START-UP STAGE SPONSOR: Colligan Law LLP.
SEED STAGE SPONSORS: Buffalo Business First; Buffalo Niagara
Enterprise; Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus; CareerBuilder; Erie
County Industrial Development Agency; Insyte Consulting; Phillips
Lytle LLP; UB’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and
Economic Outreach; and Upstate Venture Association of New York.
PRE-SEED STAGE SPONSORS: Dopkins and Company LLP; Freed Maxick
CPAs, P.C.; Hodgson Russ Attorneys; HSBC; Lippes Mathias Wexler
Friedman LLP; the Research Foundation for the State University of
New York; Wilmington Trust; Woods Oviatt Gillman LLP; and the
Western New York Venture Association.