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The First Ever Venture Philanthropy Crowdfunding Campaign

Launch NY is asking the community to step up to help fund regional start-ups, by making monetary donations so that the young companies have access to the resources that they need to make a go of it. In turn, these start-ups will help to fuel the economic growth of Western New York. Only recently has this region begun to recognize the impact that these high growth, high impact companies can have in both the short term and long term.

Levels of giving can help to procure business cards, provide branding services, build a website, or even allow a think tank to set up at a trade show. All of the start-ups that are in line to receive funding are vetted through Launch NY, which means that you can rest assure that your donation is going to make a difference in the life of a reputable start-up venture.


“When we first started working with Launch NY we did not have a manufacturer for our medical device to help nursing mothers, and we did not have Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance,” said Rachel Jackson, Founder of Rachel’s Remedy. “Through Launch NY, we were able to consult with the experts and received very helpful regulatory advice regarding the FDA submission process and health insurance reimbursement issues. We also found a local manufacturer to partner with as a result of advice from our Entrepreneur-in Residence. Now we’re selling our product from our business right here in Buffalo.”

Along with providing these start-ups with the tangible resources that they need to excel in the initial “make or break” years, Launch NY also provides pro bono mentoring that is considered invaluable. We have already seen what happens when WNY incubators are funded. Let’s keep the funds rolling in and watch what happens in years to come.

Click here to learn more, and/or to donate.

The goal of the crowdfunding campaign is $100,000. As of today, $26,000 has been raised by 38 donors. There are 27 days left to contribute.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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