Buffalo’s Leadership Coalition: supporting entrepreneurs

Today has been an exciting day for Buffalo Niagara’s entrepreneurs and start-up community.

While we are excited about the announcement of the second year of the 43 North business plan competition, we are equally excited for the teams who have been living and working in Buffalo since January.

43 North 1The winning teams have not only benefited from their cash prize, but also from free incubator space, guidance from mentors in related fields and access to programs like Start-Up NY.

Despite the amazing support offered by 43 North, we know it takes more than business support to integrate these teams into the community.

To support the teams that moved here from outside of the region to pursue their dreams (8 of the 11 were not native to Buffalo,) the business community formed the Leadership Coalition.

Made up of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the Buffalo Urban League, Canisius College Center for Professional Development, Leadership Buffalo, Leadership Niagara and University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the Leadership Coalition aims to provide support, guidance and civic engagement to these 11 companies and their staff.

Since the 43 North finals in October, the Leadership Coalition has been working with the 11 winning teams to get them settled.

This includes everything from helping them find housing, making recommendations on local restaurants and gyms, and providing insight into the incredible things happening throughout the region.

43 North 3The coalition staffs bi-weekly office hours to talk to the teams about what they need from both a business and social standpoint.

Our goal is to make sure the teams have a great experience and feel prepared to serve as strong ambassadors for Buffalo as a great city for entrepreneurs to start and grow their business.

As the second round of 43 North kicks off, we are excited to see the influx of companies, at all stages, ready to make Buffalo Niagara their home.

With start-up companies from Toronto all the way to Taiwan, Buffalo Niagara is benefiting from the spotlight that 43 North has cast on it.

Now is our opportunity to show off everything our region has to offer: our affordable workforce, infrastructure, cultural diversity, educational institutions, arts and cultural scene and proximity to the border.

43 North 2We are excited to not only support the 43 North team as this year’s applications start rolling in, but continue to work with the teams that are already here.

Have questions about 43 North?

Our upcoming Game Changers event is all about Buffalo’s entrepreneur scene!

Our panelists will discuss 43 North and all of the other exciting things happening in Buffalo’s start-up scene.

Reach out to me if you are looking for ways to get involved!