Launch NY: Western NY

Launch NY is a nonprofit venture development organization in Upstate New York. We provide pro bono mentoring and access to risk capital for high-growth startups.


Launch New York, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) venture development organization that operates in the 27 westernmost counties of Upstate New York.

Our mission is to identify, support, and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies to create jobs and wealth and catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Upstate New York. Built on nationally recognized best practices, we achieve our mission by providing our startup client companies with pro bono mentoring services and access to seed capital.

Pro Bono Mentorship

Launch NY provides individualized coaching through more than two dozen Entrepreneurs-in-Residence at no cost to its client companies using the internationally recognized Business Model Canvas approach with a goal of helping startups become investment-ready. Our local Entrepreneurs-In-Residence are augmented by a National Mentor Network of more than 2000 business and technical experts who support companies across all industry sectors.

Most Active Seed Fund

Launch NY operates the most active seed fund in New York State and one of the most active seed funds in the entire country. The Launch NY Seed Fund provides $25,000 to $100,000 to support proof-of-concept activities that help startups become ready for investment capital from Launch NY and others. Launch NY’s nonprofit seed fund is now joined by additional sources of financing from its expanded Invest Local financing programs, including its for profit Limited Partner Fund and Investor Network.

Launch NY is proud to support startups from all high-growth potential industries that contribute to growing the region’s new economy.

Services Provided

Economic and Site Development

  • Economic Development

Buying or Selling a Business

  • Valuation

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting (Specialty)
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Demographic and Census Data
  • Diversification
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Forming a Business
  • Identification and Research of Foreign Markets
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Angel Investment (Specialty)
  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training
  • Debt Funding
  • Equity Funding (Specialty)
  • Government Funding
  • Grant Funding
  • Technology Grants
  • Venture Capital (Specialty)

Human Resources, Workforce and Talent

  • Apprenticeship
  • Employee Development
  • Insurance
  • Leadership/Professional Development

Internship Programs and Student Services

  • Business Degree Program
  • Internship and Co-op Programs
  • Student Marketing Projects
  • Student Research Projects
  • Student Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Education

Legal Services

  • Forming a Business
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Information

Management Issues

  • Leadership/Professional Development

Manufacturing, High Tech, Life Sciences Development

  • Commercialization
  • High Tech Development (Specialty)
  • Life Sciences Development (Specialty)
  • Manufacturing Development
  • Quality Improvement (Supply Chain, Six Sigma)
  • Technology Transfer

Marketing and Sales

  • Market Plan Development and Training


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

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based (Specialty)
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General (Specialty)

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Funds Development


  • Conference/Meeting and Event Space
  • Coworking

Product Development

  • Patent Information

Public Policy and Government Relations

  • African-American Business (Specialty)
  • City Business Issues
  • Hispanic Business (Specialty)
  • LGBTQIA Business Issues
  • Native-American Business
  • Small Business Policy
  • State Business Issues
  • Women’s Business Issues (Specialty)

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources (Specialty)
  • Forming a Business (Specialty)
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Startup Business Counseling (Specialty)
  • Startup Classes

Technical Assistance

  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Commercialization
  • Virtual Consulting and Online Services


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Online Courses and Videos
  • Startup Classes

Events and Community Building

  • Hackathon / Startup Week or Weekends
  • Pitch Events
Contact Information
Crystal Wallace
77 Goodell Street
Buffalo, NY 14203