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Expo will showcase Buffalo's best and brightest businesses

By JULIANNA FORTAIN

Published May 30, 2017

Twenty-four of the best and brightest regional companies have been selected to participate in UB's Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo June 28 at the Hotel Henry.

In its ninth year, the Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo is the region’s longest-standing forum that creates vital connections and opportunities to nurture economic growth for entrepreneurs.

The top five companies will make five-minute pitches to a panel of judges, followed by a five-minute Q&A round. They will compete for a $20,000 grand prize, in addition to an automatic pass into the 43North semifinal round, complementary acceptance into the Critical Path Life Sciences Accelerator Program (for life sciences companies only) and an opportunity to pitch at an upcoming Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY) event. The five companies are:

  • GapGrid, Buffalo
  • HigherMe, Buffalo
  • NanoHydroChem, Amherst
  • Rachel’s Remedies, Buffalo
  • WeDidIt, New York City

The remaining 19 companies will make 90-second pitches for the chance to win the $5,000 People’s Choice Award, voted on live by the audience:

  • Bestest, Amherst
  • ClearView Social, Buffalo
  • DashMetrics, Saratoga Springs
  • EagleHawk One LLC, Buffalo
  • FHMatch, Toronto
  • Hipshark LLC (DBA Simple Fund), Williamsville
  • House At Work, Rochester
  • Midguard Medical, Buffalo
  • Nidus Biosciences, Rochester
  • Omantec, New York City
  • OpenBottle, Buffalo
  • Pathovax, Boston, Mass., and Buffalo
  • Reactive Dynamics, Buffalo
  • RepHike, Buffalo
  • SkyTubeLive, Utica
  • Smart Walls Construction, Amherst
  • Sonioptix, Amherst
  • Storillo, Buffalo
  • TimberFish Technology, Westfield

Tickets are available now at brightbuffaloniagara.com.

Bright Buffalo Niagara 2017 is sponsored by Viaduct, Hotel Henry, Upstate Venture Connect, Western New York Incubator Network, Invest Buffalo Niagara, Colligan Law, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, Buffalo Business First, 43North, Western New York Venture Association, NYSTAR, National Grid, Visit Buffalo Niagara, Crowley Webb, Leadership Buffalo, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, UVANY, Z80 Labs, Print2Web, Harter Secrest & Emery, KATZ Americas, Empire Genomics, Insyte Consulting, MedTech, Launch NY, Athenex and Thermo Fisher.