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Refer a Startup to 43North

Year after year, we have found that referrals are some of our strongest applicants. We value our relationship with you and invite you to collaborate with us to identify the most promising startups. Your input and recommendations are highly valued as we work together toward building a stronger tech community.

What We Look For

At 43North, we look for:

    • Pre-seed/Seed stage companies
    • Founders with domain expertise and a strong team
    • Companies with a ready-to-ship product and traction with customers
    • Revenue or a clear path to revenue within 12 months

Most importantly, the founders should not only be willing to relocate their company, but should see significant value and opportunity in operating in a city like Buffalo.

Program Requirements

In exchange for an investment of $1M, portfolio companies:

    • Locate their CEO and at least 50% of staff in Buffalo for at least 12 months
    • Provide 5% equity to 43North

What They Get

Over the past 9 years, our accelerator program has evolved into so much more than a check for $1M. In addition to receiving investment, winners receive:

  • Free workspace.
  • Mentorship.
  • Access to our network.
  • Recruiting, marketing and fundraising support.
  • The opportunity to operate tax-free. Through the STARTUP-NY program, founders and employees can work free of state income taxes for up to 10 years. Learn more about eligibility for this program here.


Learn More About 43North

Our Program

Annual $5M investment in seed-stage startups through our immersive accelerator.

Our Portfolio

Our companies include a unicorn and a publicly traded company among the ranks.

Who We Are

43North is a startup accelerator that invests $5 million annually into growing Buffalo’s startup ecosystem.