Media Advisory: Bright Buffalo Niagara to Showcase Next Wave of Entrepreneurs

Daymond John, star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” to present keynote address

Release Date: October 15, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo’s Bright Buffalo Niagara (BBN) program will showcase some of the most promising innovators and startup companies later this month, introducing new products, services and technology in the marketplace.

This invitation-only event, presented by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) and sponsored by Superior Group, in collaboration with 43North Week, will feature local entrepreneurs as well as regional semifinalists from 43North, the world’s largest business idea competition.

When: 1:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015


  • Opening remarks from CBLS Executive Director Norma Nowak, PhD, and 43North Executive Director John Gavigan will take place at 2 p.m.
  • Live pitches from 38 entrepreneurs from 2:10-4 p.m.
  • Exhibitor booths and cocktail reception will be open from 4-6 p.m.
  • Keynote address featuring Daymond John will run from 6-7 p.m.

Where: Historic Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo.

Who: This year the BBN Entrepreneur Expo will not only bring the entrepreneurship and angel and venture capital communities together, but will feature a keynote address from Daymond John, star of ABC’s business reality show “Shark Tank,” founder and CEO of FUBU (“For Us, By Us”) clothing line and Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship.

Representatives and exhibitor booths featuring local entrepreneurs, 2014 43North winners and 2015 semifinalists include: 3AM Innovations, Acombi Biosciences, Buffalo Automation Group, Cartefi, Clear View Social, Coqui3D, Driver Watchdog LLC, Efferent Labs, Elantric Corporation, Energy Harvesters, Energy Intelligence Inc., Ethos Studios LLC, Flix Academy, FlorCan, Genetesis,, Heads Up Display, Holly Henderson Manufacturing LLC, Illuminating Diagnostics LLC, InteractiveX, KeepUp, Mad Hops, NOVOROCS Technologies LLC, Patient Pattern, Peterson Industries, PneumaGlide P.C., POP Biotechnologies, Programmable Equipment Co., Rachel’s Remedies, Sitata, Smart Walls Construction, Structur3D Metal Printing, Talking Pictures LLC, Tencar Inc., Timberfish Technology, triMirror, Voyager Genomics and whatsnewMD.

Members of the media interested in attending the event are asked to contact CBLS Marketing Communications Manager Julie Molenda at or 716-881-7997.

Please note, any requests for interviews with Daymond John require pre-approval from the agency of record. Interested parties should contact Julie Molenda no later than Wednesday, Oct. 21.

The speaker’s address may only be recorded via b-roll. The address may not be recorded by any means of audio tape, video tape or film, nor may it be broadcast or streamed on the Internet, in whole or in part, without prior approval of the agency.

BBN Sponsors: 43North, Superior Group, Aloft Buffalo Airport, Buffalo Business First, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, ECIDA, Freed Maxick CPAs, Katz Americas, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP, Lumsden McCormick LLP, McGladrey LLP, Print2Web and WNY Innovation Hot Spot.

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