Launch NY

Launch NY is a nonprofit venture development organization that supports high-growth potential companies to drive significant economic impact and jobs for our region. Launch NY offers high-quality pro bono business mentoring and access to seed funding for investment-ready new businesses.


The mission of Launch New York, Inc. (Launch NY), the only U.S. Treasury-designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) directly providing venture funding to businesses in New York State, is to identify, support, and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies that can transform the local economy and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture in the 27 counties comprising the western half of Upstate New York. Launch NY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit venture development organization that promotes economic development through best practices, including high-quality pro bono business mentoring, while operating the most active seed fund in New York State that provides access to seed capital as part of an array of Invest Local financing programs designed to facilitate funding for investment-ready companies which have the promise to drive significant economic impact and jobs for our region.

Launch NY is headquartered in Buffalo and has co-locations with partner organizations in Binghamton,
Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse. Launch NY also leads the premier Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) Incubator, as one of six designated clean energy incubators sponsored by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Services Provided

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Market Plan Development (Specialty)

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Debt Funding (Specialty)
  • Equity Funding (Specialty)

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training


  • Formal Mentoring Programs (Specialty)
  • One-on-One Counseling (Specialty)
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Industry Specific

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)

Technical Assistance

  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services (Specialty)


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance (Specialty)
  • Marketing Plan Training

Accelerators and Incubators

  • Incubator
Contact Information
Marnie LaVigne
77 Goodell Street
Suite 201
Buffalo, NY 14203