No this isn't about the Disney classic Angels In The Outfield, it's about angel investing. 

Angel investment is critical for startups in the early days. This week on Latitude we talk to Jack McGowan, Director of the WNY Venture Association and the Buffalo Angels - an angel investment consortium that funds early-stage startups. 

Jack talks about the need for new angel investors, how to participate when to participate and what to expect from your angel investment. This is a great episode if you're looking to start angel investing or simply want to learn more. 

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From co-founding Startup Grind Buffalo to providing legal services to new startups, teaching entrepreneurship classes at the University At Buffalo, Matthew Pelkey is busy. 

This week on the podcast we sit down with Matt to talk about growing a startup ecosystem and get his thoughts on whether or not we should trust AI lawyers. 

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You'd think being a heart surgeon would be enough right? Not for Irfan Khan, that's just a comma in his career. While working as a heart surgeon Irfan discovered that patients wanted access to clinical trials.

Thus, the quest to start Circuit Clinical began. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Irfan about the process of leaving his life as a heart surgeon and starting Circuit Clinical, and how the Buffalo startup aims to scale and bring clinical trials to the masses. 

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The manufacturing sector still employs 60,000 people in Western New York - but all cities are looking at the next generation of manufacturing and how it will impact communities.

That's where Buffalo Manufacturing Works steps in. With state of the art, even one of a kind equipment, at their Main St. facility. Buffalo Manufacturing Works helps businesses with R&D prototyping and helps introduce additive manufacturing to their production workflow. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Michael Ulbrich, President of Buffalo Manufacturing Works, about the next wave of manufacturing in Buffalo and how the future will be printed. 

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October 27, 2017

Trust The (Post) Process

Successful startups pinpoint an industry that is eager for a disruption. Post Process has pioneered the post-process technology that has held the additive manufacturing industry back from scaling to widespread use for the last twenty years. 

Processing 3D printed parts is a time consuming, laborious, manual process - or at least it was until Daniel Hutchinson founded Post Process. This Buffalo-based startup is shaking up the 3D printing world and has a 'who's who' clientele from Aerospace, military contractors, companies named after fruit and so-on. 

This week on the podcast we talk with Daniel about the early days of his startup, scaling to 35 employees and how they could be a $100M company by this time next year. 

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Incubating startups comes in many different shapes, and for The Foundry, on Buffalo's East Side, the more sawdust the better. This week we talk to Megan McNally, founder of The Foundry. 

The Foundry is an incubator for crafty startups in the woodworking and metalworking spaces. The East Side incubator takes a hands-on approach to providing space, tools and resources for the companies occupying the turn of the century factory space. 

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This week on the podcast we sit down with Jon Spitz from Z80 Labs, the pre-revenue tech incubator in Buffalo. We explore the blockchain, funding pre-revenue startups and what goes into pitching an idea. We also talk about how Jon's journey from managing a Wegmans to funding Buffalo's future startups. 

 

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Well, it's been one heck of a half year. We started this podcast on the launch of the 2017 43North competition. And today, we sit down with the million dollar winners Soma Detect. 

This Canadian Startup applied to the 43N competition because NY is the third largest dairy producer in North America and as company founder Beth said: "New York has more cows than all of Canada."

So what is Soma Detect? They explain it a lot better, so listen in as they talk about their technology that ensures cows are producing the highest quality milk possible. 

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The Pitch is 43Norths minority and women focused pitch competition and the 2017 event on September 28th was an emotional rollercoaster for one winner. 

This week on the podcast we talk with the founders of Black Monarchy - a storefront focused on bringing globally sourced fabric to the blossoming immigrant and refugee population in Buffalo.

This episode of the Latitude podcast is sponsored by Kaleida Health. 

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September 13, 2017

Let’s Meet The Finalists

It's happening! Everyone stay calm!

Today we announced the 2017 43North finalists that will pitch on stage live at Shea's Performing Arts Center on October 5, 2017.

So we sat down with Dan Greene, 43North Director of Operations, who oversaw the judging process, to talk about the finalists and what their startups do. 

This Lattitude podcast, brought to you by Kaleida Health, is a great precursor for the finals and will give you some great insight to the statups who will pitch on Oct. 5th. 

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