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Buffalo’s startup ecosystem is attracting companies from around the world that are moving to the Queen City to plant their roots, scale their business, and hire local talent. With 43North Finals returning to Shea’s on October 28th, now is the perfect time for anyone who’s been looking to get in on the action.
Never been? Here’s your chance to see what startups are all about. Whether you’re a prospective entrepreneur looking to ignite your passion, a job-seeker yearning to break out of the 9 to 5, an investor, or a devoted Buffalonian, 43North Finals week boasts events you’ll want to add to your calendar.
716 Career Fair: Monday, October 25, 2021
43North is kicking off the week by connecting job-seekers with startups and tech companies through the Forge Buffalo 716 Career Fair. Those on the hunt for a new gig or curious about startups will discover hundreds of opportunities at the fastest-growing companies in town. The event will take place at Seneca One from 3-6 p.m.
The job fair will showcase nearly 50 local companies, including names like ACV Auctions, Odoo, Squire, Jerry, PostProcess and a few others that might appear on the 43North Finals stage later in the week.
Aside from potential life-changing job opportunities, attendees will also be hooked up with personalized resume advice, interview tips, a new headshot, Forge Buffalo swag, and a fashion expert that can tell you how to dress for startup success. Register here.
43North Semi-Finals: Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Nineteen finalists, including five startups from Buffalo, are coming from around the world to pitch at 43North Semi-Finals in the Seneca One Tower auditorium at 11 a.m. on October 27th. Of the 19, only 10 will move on to pitch at 43North Finals the following night. Come get a sneak peek of which finalists will rise to the top and go on to pitch at Shea’s.
Semi-Finals is free and open to the public.
The 19 companies (that will be pitching in this order) are:
43North Finals: Thursday, October 28, 2021
To conclude the week, 43North Finals is returning to Shea’s where 10 startups from around the world will battle for a cut of $5 million and the chance to grow their business in Buffalo.
This epic night will bring edge-of-your seat drama as one company will seize the top award of $1 million and seven others will receive $500,000.
From students to aspiring entrepreneurs to investors looking for Buffalo’s next group of startups, this event will put you face-to-face with the founders who are looking to scale their business in Western New York. The best part? The event is free and open to everyone. Get tickets here.
Between the 716 Job Fair and 43North Finals, those looking to break into Buffalo’s startup scene will have the chance to shake hands with current and prospective movers and shakers of our community and learn more about the companies that are making an impact on the economic development in Buffalo. It’s happening here. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of it.
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