November 15, 2018

All You Need Is A Seed

So you have a startup idea, great! Now what? You've probably talked to some friends and family, but you're going to need some capital to get off the ground. 

Enter the Launch NY Seed Fund. This week on the podcast we talk with Lindsay Stencil, COO of Launch NY and the organization's seed fund manager. This week you'll learn everything you need to apply for the fund and move your startup to the next level. 

November 7, 2018

Making Buffalo Awesome

Buffalo is awesome, especially in the eyes of those who live here. Awesome Buffalo is awesome as well. Part of the worldwide Awesome Foundation platform, Awesome Buffalo provides $1,000 grants to those looking to do social good in the city. Having funded four projects already Awesome Buffalo aiming to announce double that in the next year, and it's funded entirely by a small group of trustees out of pocket - think venture capital for social projects. 

This week, Jess Trace joins host Nate Benson on the podcast to talk about the work Awesome Buffalo is doing to bring more social projects to the Queen City. 


Bob Willer is a man of many talents. He's a former professional hockey referee. He's a founder. He's the CIO of an ed-tech startup in Buffalo. And the Ice Cream Machine Guy at said startup. 

He's also paying it back by mentoring young entrepreneurs and developers in the startup world by sharing his 20+ years of programming, development, IT and operations experience. 

This week on the podcast we talk to Bob about his incredible startup journey.


This week on the podcast we head back to the 43North Finals where we hosted a live edition of Latitude with the 2018 follow-on funding winners Femi Secrets and Kangarootime. 

Listen as Davielle and Scott talk about their experience in Buffalo, the snowy journey they took to get here and their big ambitions for helping build the Buffalo startup ecosystem. 


We terribly clever with episode names here on the podcast!

This week we're talking to Mapquest founder and Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris Heivly. 

Chris has a remarkable startup story that took him from the US State Department to founding, arguably, the most popular mapping platform in the 90's and early 2000's. How many of you printed out Mapquest directions before you traveled?!?

Host Nate Benson talks to Chris about founding Mapquest, why he's called "The Startup Whisperer," building forts and being a judge at the 43North Finals. 

It's a jam-packed half-hour this week on Latitude!


It's another year and another 43North final is in the books. This week on the podcast we talk with Sparkcharge founder Josh Aviv about founding his startup in Syracuse, and why Buffalo is where he wants to grow is EV powering station startup. 

September 26, 2018

The Producer

What does it take to produce the 43North Finals? How much time is involved? How many volunteers are needed? Who makes sure the judges are picked up at the airport?  What does a producer even do?

This week on the podcast we talk to the woman that makes it happen, Colleen Heidinger. Colleen has a fascinating journey to and from Buffalo that includes stints at Babson, American Idol, Dreamworks and now 43North. 


This week on the podcast we're talking about the 2018 43North Finalists!!! Host Nate Benson is joined by 43North's Lauren Baynes where they break down all the startups competing in the 43North Finals on October 3 at Shea's Performing Arts Center.


If you're of a certain age you may remember going to the ball field with your dad and picking up a pennant as a memento, or perhaps seeing one in your grandad's garage. The art of the pennant went the way of the dodo as mass production was made king and the novelty of the pennant wore off for a generation. 

But pennants are back.

And Buffalo is leading the charge!

This week on the podcast, host Nate Benson talks to Oxford Pennant co-founder Dave Horesh about his love of pennants, starting a pennant company, the challenges of starting a felt based business, winning the Ignite Buffalo grant and aiming to be the next New Era Cap. 


You may have wanted to get involved with the Buffalo startup scene but had no idea how. Buffalo Startup Weekend 2018 is the perfect way to get involved. Whether you're a student, established entrepreneur, designer, coder, marketing guru, blockchain expert, financial baron or everything in between startup weekend is the perfect way to get involved. 

Buffalo Startup Weekend 2018 kicks off on September 14th. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

This week Nate talks with Startup Weekend organizers Thea and David about what to expect this year and how you can get involved


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