Incubators & Accelerators

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Kim Grant

Kim Grant

VP Business Development

Olivia Hill

Business Development Manager

Matthew Hubacher

Vice President Research

Rob Leteste

Business Intelligence & Workforce Manager

Thomas Kucharski

President & CEO

The Perfect Spot

Innovation, reliable mentors, collective creativity, and collaboration has established Buffalo Niagara as a startup hub.From cutting-edge lab space to that escape from work-from-home for a call, Buffalo Niagara has the perfect spot for your startup’s situation. Our incubators and accelerators are supporting disruptive companies, including 43North, an accelerator that hosts an annual Shark Tank-style pitch competition, awarding $5 million annually to its winners.

workforce 20+ entrepreneurial support organizations
$5.9B 43North Portfolio Valuation
$431M University R&D expenditures in 2021

The Right Tools can Make a World of Difference 

Incubators & accelerators are organizations and spaces dedicated to ideas and startups. Incubators are typically supporting ideas so that they become companies, where accelerators are more programmatic and growth oriented transforming companies into successful business ventures.

Buffalo Niagara incubators & accelerators range in size and specialties so there is a solution for each startup. Several of Buffalo Niagara incubators & accelerators have connections to the region’s colleges and universities, leveraging potential research partnerships, funding sources, campus space, and more. Additionally, some qualify as START-UP NY designated spaces, an initiative offering an 100% tax free incentive for 10 years. 

Much of what is now a booming Buffalo entrepreneurial ecosystem can be traced back to Z80 Labs, the region’s first true foray into the incubator & accelerator space. That includes ACV Auctions, which became Buffalo’s first software unicorn in 2021 after a successful IPO on the NASDAQ.

Sources: National Science Foundation (college and university R&D spend)


"Buffalo's entrepreneurial ecosystem offered the perfect balance of founder affordability, talent and support; Buffalo provided us an ideal environment to go from start-up to scale-up.” – Liz Tsai, CEO, HiOperator