"Founded in 2014, 43North is an unprecedented program, made possible by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s historic Buffalo Billion initiative, with support from the New York Power Authority."

What makes a Startup successful? The Founder(s)? Experience of the Team? A product that will change the world? Business Model? All and more. During this year’s #43NorthFinals of @43North, 16 companies pitched their Startup to a live audience and panels of judges for a chance to win one million dollars.

@43North Week is an eight-day event competition, with Startup pitches, speakers, and networking that culminates in the #43NorthFinals at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo NY. This year, more than 500 Startups from North America submitted their applications. Only 16 were selected to pitch in front of a live audience and a panel of judges. With $5 million in prizes, @43North has become a promoter of talent and an engine for innovation and the creation of jobs. The Top 8 winners received cash awards, along with free incubator space in Buffalo NY, extended mentorship programs paired with custom-paired advisors, marketing exposure, and unlimited networking opportunities. Thanks to the @43North Startup Programs, Buffalo NY has become one of the Top 10 Startup Mecas in the United States.

This year’s winner of one million dollars at #43NorthFinals was awarded to @SomaDetect, an agricultural technology company that provides dairy farmers with key milk quality indicators. CEO and co-Founder @Bethany Deshpande share with #43North “I started creating websites around the age of 12, and ended up doing some amazing work as a web developer throughout undergrad and graduate school”.

@John Gavigan, Executive Director of #43North, shared during the event "Ask any investor-great companies have great teams. That is precisely what you'll find at #43North-a talented, hard-working group of emerging leaders who are passionate about what they do".

@Kourtney Keough, CEO of US Operations @Allied Global BPO attended the #43NorthFinals, along with @Ivette Mendez-Kelly, Strategic Partnerships and Marketing Director. “In @Allied Global BPO, we grow with our clients to build long-term partnerships. We have several Startups in our Client Portfolio. We are proud to have been instrumental in their growth offering customized services with the scalability and flexibility they needed. These are the reasons why we have been their preferred outsourcing partner for the last ten years" commented Ivette.

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