Fall date set for next Buffalo StartUp Weekend

June 6, 2014

Buffalo Startup Weekend will come to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus later this year for its fourth local event. The three-day event will take place at d!g, situated in the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, from Oct. 24-26. The events, previously held at Medaille College and the University at Buffalo, have typically been limited to approximately 150 people.

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State names 8 companies for Start-Up NY in Buffalo

June 4, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the first wave of companies accepted into the Start-Up NY program, a statewide economic development initiative that provides tax breaks for qualified companies sited on or near college campuses...

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First 7 companies in UB’s tax-free zones identified

May 13, 2014

Seven high-tech companies are poised to set up shop in tax-free zones tied to the University at Buffalo, creating dozens of jobs while reaping the benefits of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Start-Up NY economic development program, The Buffalo News has learned...

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Levy has high hopes for Buffalo’s entrepreneurs

March 17, 2014

Prominent entrepreneur and venture capitalist Jordan Levy is confident that a new $5 million business plan competition will help lure innovative businesses to Buffalo.

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ClearView Social raises $400,000 for social media software, advisory services

February 19, 2014

The newest tenant in the Z80 Labs high-technology business incubator in downtown Buffalo has raised $400,000 in seed capital to finance a new software and consulting business designed to help law firms and other professional services firms promote the use of social media while tracking its effectiveness.

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CrowdBouncer, a Buffalo-based start-up, gets funding

February 10, 2014

CrowdBouncer Inc., a Buffalo start-up that provides software to help crowdfunding websites deal with new federal regulations, has raised $437,500 in funding from Rand Capital Corp. and a state-backed investment fund.

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43North: Entrepreneurs say biz can grow in Buffalo

February 6, 2014

When George Chamoun helped found Synacor Inc. in Buffalo in the late 1990s, things looked quite different than they do today. He had the backing of Jordan Levy, one of the entrepreneurial community’s forefathers, and a few others. But fundraising the region’s first modern tech success story was mostly a bootstrap process.

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Cash incentives are being offered for winning business plans from anywhere in the world

February 6, 2014

The smallest part of the Buffalo Billion just might be its most intriguing. On the surface, a $5 million business plan competition sounds like a big yawn, something that only people with MBAs or accounting degrees could get excited about. But it’s the potential that makes the contest – which organizers believe will be the biggest business plan competition in the entire United States – so interesting.

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Buffalo company helps track athletes

January 24, 2014

The Buffalo-based software company CoachMePlus, which creates software for athletic trainers and sports teams to track athletes’ training regimens, has raised $1 million.

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Godin urges entrepreneurs to think big

December 19, 2013

If there is a point that Seth Godin drives home time and again about the world of startup companies, it’s that nothing is predictable. What passes for conventional wisdom today is erased by the next breakthrough company. And the most successful startups are usually the ones no one saw coming. “The startups that change everybody’s mind, the startups that are worth a billion dollars, are always a surprise,” he said Monday to an invited audience of 90 mostly young entrepreneurs.

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Entrepreneur says Buffalo needs to cash in

December 17, 2013

Today’s economy offers a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs, who can market themselves cheaply and seed anywhere. That window could someday close, said Seth Godin, a Buffalo native and prominent blogger, entrepreneur and marketing expert. It’s up to Buffalo not to miss the cycle.

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Tech on the rise in WNY

December 10, 2013

The recent announcement of Liazon’s $215MM acquisition by Towers Watson and early funding for Decision Pace and CoachMePlus is further evidence that good things are happening in Buffalo. As 2013 draws to a close, we wanted to recognize some of the key players who are helping lead and shape WNY’s emerging tech ecosystem.

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CoachMePlus raises $1 million to bolster start-up’s efforts

December 5, 2013

CoachMePlus, a Web-based software application aimed at helping coaches and trainers organize data they collect about their athletes, has reached a milestone of sorts, raising $1 million from investors. The start-up is based at Z80 Labs, a technology incubator in downtown Buffalo that supports a number of companies hoping to make breakthroughs. Z80 provided $400,000 to CoachMePlus from the Innovate New York program; about half of the rest of the $1 million came from local investors; and the remainder was primarily from investors in the New York City area, said Teo Balbach, chief executive officer of CoachMePlus. “Raising money for a small company in this town is very difficult, particularly for a technology-oriented company,” Balbach said.

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4 Lessons You Can Learn From A Rust Belt Incubator

December 3, 2013

It's one thing to attract adequate startup funding in New York or Silicon Valley. To do so in a place like Buffalo requires something more (a business plan, for one). Even Jordan Levy, founder of Buffalo-based incubator Z80 Labs, admits that the post-industrial town is missing one very important ingredient for startup success: money. "It’s very challenging," says Levy, a western New York native who spends his weekdays in New York City as a partner at SoftBank Capital. "I’ve lived with this my whole life; it’s very challenging to get funds to invest in Buffalo companies." That scarcity makes Buffalo a less than ideal place to start a business. But Z80 Labs is attempting to change that...

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A summary of companies gaining traction out of Bright Buffalo Niagara Venture Forum

October 11, 2013

At least four companies that presented at the Bright Buffalo Niagara forum are attracting heavy interest from potential investors, said David Colligan, whose law firm, Colligan Law, was one of the event sponsors. Colligan also chairs the Buffalo Angels group...

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Start-up fever

September 27, 2013

Crystal Callahan graduated from Buffalo’s City Honors School in the mid-1990s and then earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She staked out a successful career in California, splitting her time between intellectual property law in Silicon Valley and film marketing and sales in Hollywood...

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Startup Weekend on fall agenda

August 26, 2013

Startup Weekend Buffalo will take its show to the University at Buffalo this fall, once again becoming a three-day hot spot for the region’s budding entrepreneurs...

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Opportunity seen, clarity needed

July 12, 2013

A recent tour of Z80 Labs, the tech incubator sited in The Buffalo News building downtown, provided an unexpectedly perfect anecdote for the kind of company considering Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Start-Up NY initiative...

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Decision Pace looks at downtown or university sites

July 2, 2013

A local startup tech company plans to move out of its incubator space and into a nearby office in downtown Buffalo, while expanding its employee base from a handful to around 50 in three years. Decision Pace’s current home is Z80 Labs, the tech incubator in the first floor of The Buffalo News building...

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$1 Million Raised for Buffalo, New York’s Decision Pace, A Z80 Labs Technology Incubator Startup

June 25, 2013

Decision Pace, a SaaS startup founded by Jay Moeller and Alan Lash, offers business intelligence, data visualization and development technologies across industries including legal, accounting, health insurance, manufacturing, logistics and Internet software. Decision Pace is part of Z80 Labs, Buffalo’s first Internet-focused technology incubator supported by Softbank Capital, The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions and Synacor...

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Local tech startup gets $1 million in funding

June 25, 2013

Decision Pace, a business intelligence Web service startup located in the Z80 Labs in Buffalo, has raised $1 million from investors. Richmond Capital Partners, Z80 Labs and some angel investors helped fund the startup company, which will use the money to further develop “data visualization” products, services and technologies. Its aim is to transform raw data into real-time visuals that can quickly be posted to websites, devices or email.

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Tech startup raises $1mm

June 25, 2013

A Z80 Labs tenant has raised $1 million from several funding sources, and will use the money for further growth and development. Decision Pace will use the money “to innovate and break through into new growth markets as the company further develops its (business intelligence) data visualization products, services and technologies,” according to a news release from Z80...

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Buffalo VC says money follows managers, technology

May 3, 2013

The Buffalo-based entrepreneur, who co-founded the Z80 Labs technology incubator, will lead a team from SoftBank and other firms that controls $50 million from the New York State Common Retirement Fund and $3 million from SoftBank, with matching money coming from SoftBank funds...

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Levy to entrepreneurship students: No more settling for second place

April 26, 2013

You can look at market data, study underlying economic trends, pour over the structure of governments and how friendly they are to business. But the major question about the future of a region is this: does it have that communal sense of momentum?

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It’s all about passion for Yahoo’s CFO - Overflow crowd receives a lesson in innovation

March 28, 2013

The financial chief of Yahoo told local technology entrepreneurs Wednesday that being passionate and offering unique and compelling services can put their Web-based startups on the path to success. Goldman spoke to an overflow crowd of about 160 people, many involved in tech startups, at the Z80 Labs business incubator located at The Buffalo News. The attendees were seeking knowledge of the industry and advice on how to grow their ventures...

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Investing session with Yahoo CFO well attended, received

March 28, 2013

Area tech leaders and entrepreneurs who attended Yahoo CFO Ken Goldman’s presentation in Buffalo Wednesday came away reflecting on his messages about leadership, the importance of investors’ networks and the need to “go where the action is.” Goldman was at Z80 Labs in Buffalo, which was packed with people listening attentively to what Goldman had to say...

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Yahoo CFO will advise startups Wednesday in Buffalo and address founders of region’s new tech companies

March 26, 2013

Ken Goldman, the recently hired chief financial officer of Yahoo and a veteran of the software industry, will give advice Wednesday in Buffalo to the founders of local technology startups...

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Startup companies look for a pat on the back and money to run

March 15, 2013

Unofficially, the three-day event acted as ground zero for a culture that is important to the region’s future. Academics, politicians and economic development officials agree that fostering Buffalo’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a vital path forward...

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Entrepreneur event set for 2nd event March 1-3

February 19, 2013

Five months after the inaugural session, another three-day event meant to help would-be entrepreneurs bring their most promising innovations to the marketplace is taking place in Buffalo. The second Buffalo Startup Weekend runs March 1-3 at Medaille College, which also hosted the first Startup Weekend in November. The 54-hour event offers prospective business owners the chance to work collaboratively and receive feedback and mentoring from experts...

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The more entrepreneurs, better the odds for tech growth

February 8, 2013

John Seman thinks Western New York can grow like Silicon Valley with entrepreneurs and successful tech startups. “There’s a lot of resources here to support entrepreneurs,” he said. “We just need to increase the number of startup companies so our area can grow like Silicon Valley did, like other areas do.” To do so, Seman describes a simple formula: The more ideas and entrepreneurs there are, the greater the chances for some to grow...

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A new business ecosystem that nurtures startups, welcomes risk takers is starting to yield fruit

January 27, 2013

One change to be expected in the future Buffalo is a growing group of men and women in their 20s and 30s running companies. For an early glimpse, look no further than a nondescript low-rise office building near the waterfront or a new-age office suite in a downtown student apartment building. These are the homes of Synacor and Campus Labs, respectively, two of Buffalo’s newest high-tech success stories – one now publicly traded with more than 350 employees, the other just acquired for $40 million. Neither is traditional for a blue-collar city built on shipping and manufacturing...

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Revive our appetite for risk, VC says

December 30, 2012

Jordan Levy is a rarity in Western New York business and political circles: a successful venture capitalist deeply involved in the civic challenges facing Buffalo. More recently, he spent several years as chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., charged with conceiving and pursuing a plan to revive Buffalo's inner harbor area. He and Schreiber launched a new technology incubator called Z80 Labs to foster the growth of startup companies in Buffalo...

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WNY to help tech companies of all sizes

October 5, 2012

Western New York is becoming the place to run a new or growing technology company. New companies could get their legs underneath them at tech incubator Z80 Labs in downtown Buffalo. Then once it grows, leaves the nest and gets to the point where a proof of concept needs developing and presentations need preparing for potential investors, the Launch New York program can shepherd it through that process...

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Z80 Labs Technology Incubator Selects GradFly as Its Second Startup

September 19, 2012

Buffalo’s Technology Incubator, Z80 Labs, today announced GradFly, a college recommendation service, has been selected as its second startup to join the tech incubator. GradFly is a college matching website that makes it easy for high school students to find an education, internship or career in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM)...

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Entrepreneurs say Buffalo is a great place to start a business

August 12, 2012

Eric Reich and Michael Weisman just finished a week most entrepreneurs can only dream of. The former University at Buffalo MBA students started a campus data analytics business from scratch 11 years ago and built Campus Labs into a company that had more than $10 million in sales and counted more than 650 colleges and universities among its clients. The payoff came last week, when Campus Labs sold its business for more than $40 million to Higher One Holdings, a Connecticut-based company that helps colleges and universities process tuition payments and disburse financial aid...

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Startups called key to Buffalo's future

July 25, 2012

The Buffalo Niagara region needs to build an ecosystem to support high-tech startup companies, and a prominent venture-capital investor said Tuesday that he believes this area has the resources to do it. Fred Wilson is an optimist by trade. He believes the Buffalo area's motivated and educated workforce, low cost of living, and large network of colleges and universities can be mined to produce a critical mass of risk-taking entrepreneurs...

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Incubator gives local entrepreneurs a start

July 24, 2012

The Z80 Labs Technology Incubator opened in downtown Buffalo Monday in what co-founder Jordan Levy called, “a way to stop the flight of young talent form leaving the area.”...

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Silicon Snowbank: A New Incubator for Buffalo to Give Local Start-Ups a Different Set of Wings

July 23, 2012

Actually, if truth be told, Buffalo, N.Y., is one of the loveliest places to visit in the summer, especially if you’re lucky enough to be right next to majestic Lake Erie. While visiting the Western New York city this past weekend, I paid a visit to the new facility, which is in a large airy room on the first floor of the Buffalo News. What’s most heartening to see, of course, is the definitely more earnest and rawer kind of entrepreneurism on display, of a kind that is often lost in the slick, well-oiled machine of Silicon Valley...

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Z80 Labs Tech Incubator Selects AppVue as Its First Startup

July 23, 2012

Buffalo’s Tech Incubator, Z80 Labs, today announced AppVue, an up-and-coming app discovery service, has been selected as its first startup to join the tech incubator supported by Softbank Capital, The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions and Synacor. AppVue provides users with accurate and relevant application recommendations based on the suggestions of users they trust, including friends, family, colleagues, experts and/or celebrities, in a fun and easy way...

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AppVue is a Social Network for App Enthusiasts (and Voyeurs)

July 23, 2012

Finding a decent – let alone great – app amongst the 650,000 other apps in the App Store is a daunting task. AppVue, developed in Buffalo’s Z80 incubator, is building a network based on trust to make finding the right app a little bit easier...

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Nurturing high-tech future; Z80 Labs, an incubator for technology entrepreneurs, celebrates its grand opening

July 24, 2012

Jordan Levy and Ron Schreiber kicked off their latest project Monday, celebrating the grand opening of the Z80 Labs, a business incubator designed to jump-start the local high-tech entrepreneurial culture. Many in the local business community attended the grand opening event of the offices at One News Plaza to get the lowdown on the incubator now in place to help young entrepreneurs get their technology businesses off the ground...

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Incubator for digital media gets boost here; State grants $4 million to 2 venture capitalists

July 21, 2012

Local venture capitalists Jordan Levy and Ron Schreiber, with a $4 million boost from New York State and support from a handful of area companies, are forming an incubator to help fledgling digital media firms develop here. The idea behind the Z80 Labs Technology Incubator is to jump-start a high-tech sector in the Buffalo Niagara region, which lags behind other parts of the country in high-tech innovation and entrepreneurship...

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Dan Magnuszewski Joins Z80 Labs Technology Incubator Initiative as Chief Principal Innovationist

July 16, 2012

Softbank Capital, The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions and Synacor today announced that Dan Magnuszewski has joined the Z80 Labs Technology Incubator initiative in Buffalo, NY as Chief Pi, Chief Principal Innovationist. Magnuszewski brings a wealth of expertise in software engineering and enterprise management from companies such as Synacor and M&T Bank. Magnuszewski will be the driving force behind the growth of Buffalo’s technology startup community by uncovering innovators currently working with local area startups on market-disrupting ideas. Additionally, he will spur their success by leveraging Z80 Labs’ extensive mentor network, services and events...

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Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, Grand Opening Monday, July 23, Featuring Famed Venture Investor Fred Wilson

June 20, 2012

Softbank Capital, The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions and Synacor are joining forces to change the way Buffalo and Western New York think about technology—forever, by sponsoring the Z80 Labs Technology Incubator, launching Monday, July 23 at The Buffalo News building in Downtown Buffalo. Media activities and the official “power up,” including a special session with famed investor Fred Wilson, will occur July 23-24...

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