Viaduct and TalentRise work with startup growth firms to find talent for their portfolio companies.

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43North is an accelerator program that hosts an annual startup competition, investing $5 million per year to attract and retain high-growth companies in Buffalo, NY. Made possible through the Buffalo Billion Initiative, the organization provides best-in-class resources to founders, a talented and dedicated workforce to startups, and a passionate community that supports entrepreneurs.


Armory Square Ventures

Based both in Upstate New York and NYC, Armory Square Ventures is a technology venture capital firm that strives to be a community catalyst and an optimism engine for our region. The organization was created out of one community’s desire to build and seed greater opportunity and jobs for those living in Upstate New York. Comprised of a group of highly respected investors from Syracuse, NY, Armory Square Ventures provides entrepreneurs with better access to funding and aims to return a sense of optimism to our region.

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Enabling Ideas

The Enabling ideas® community of experts is an exclusive fellowship of carefully curated independent firms. Assembled from both large-scale and small-scale providers and handpicked on a selective basisEnabling ideas® partners come from varying fields of expertise and are admitted for being best-in-class in what they each do. 



Endeavor is a mission-driven global organization leading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement. Launched in 1997, Endeavor has established a presence in nearly 40 markets across Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and underserved areas of Europe and the United States. Today, Endeavor supports over 1,800 high-impact entrepreneurs at the “scale-up” stage, offering them a best-in-class seal of approval, an unrivaled personal and professional network, frictionless co-investment capital, and peer-to-peer idea exchange in a truly global setting. 

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Forge Buffalo

Forge Buffalo is a talent community of job seekers, employers, and entrepreneurial spirits in Buffalo, NY. Powered by Empire State Development, Viaduct, and 43North, Forge Buffalo features some of the best and brightest leaders in the startup and emerging business community of western New York. 

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Invest Buffalo Niagara

Invest Buffalo Niagara is the region’s nonprofit, privately funded economic development organization focused on job creation. Founded in 1999, the organization’s mission is to attract new employers to the Buffalo Niagara region through outreach to growing companies around the world. To support business attraction, expansion, and entrepreneurship, Invest Buffalo Niagara collaborates with local businesses, universities, nonprofit organizations, and elected officials to deliver a unified response to regional economic development opportunities. 

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Launch NY

Launch NY is a nonprofit venture development organization in Upstate New York. The organization strives to identify, support, and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies to create jobs and catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Upstate NY through pro bono mentoring and access to risk capital for high-growth startups. 

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MedTech is an association of over 100 pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers, and research universities. The organization facilitates learning and collaboration by helping members to connect with experts, leaders, and peers to share knowledge, best practices, and emerging opportunities. 

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NextCorps is a group of entrepreneurs, advisors, venture capitalists, and staff committed to creating the next generation of world-changing Rochester technology companies. Headquartered in iconic Sibley Square, NextCorps provides a space designed for collaboration and “creative collisions” along with the meeting, lab, and fabrication resources to help startups thrive. 

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PRAXI Alliance

PRAXI Alliance is an international executive search and leadership consulting solutions provider that helps clients develop and pursue their human capital strategies. Founded in 2008, their reach extends to 35+ countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

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Predictive Index

Known as one of the world’s leading talent optimization platforms, The Predictive Index (PI) uses behavioral data to help thousands of businesses—in nearly every job and industry around the world—improve their hiring decisions. Founded in 1955, The PI’s passion for understanding people and teams helps organizations align business strategy and talent strategy.



TalentRise is a leading provider of executive search and leadership coaching services that helps companies get the most out of their talent. Founded in 2008, its flexible and fully customizable leadership solutions have helped mid- to large-market employers overcome talent acquisition challenges associated with C-suite and management roles. TalentRise is a member of Aleron Group.

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TechBuffalo is a nonprofit organization that represents and collaborates with diverse and hard-working groups throughout the western New York region to expand the tech industry. With a goal of creating 5,000 net positive jobs in tech, TechBuffalo aims to keep the tech talent cycle flowing—and growing—in Buffalo.  

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Upstate Capital Association of New York

Upstate Capital is a 501c6 professional non-profit membership association. Since 2003, the Upstate Capital Association of New York has been the place to meet capital providers such as earlystage, venture, growth, and private equity investors. The organization also connects lenders, professional advisors, entrepreneurs, and company executives who are making investments in companies across New York State. 


Varia Ventures

Varia Ventures helps already promising startups to raise funds and grow their businesses. The organization is built upon capital, business acumen, industry-specific support systems, motivated investors, and brightest business leaders. All of these components combine to provide a platform that takes all of the tiny moving parts involved in critical growth stages and consolidates them into a streamlined platform for successful growth. 

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Western New York Venture Association

The WNYVA is the only not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing a business opportunity and investment forum to the Niagara region. Founded in 1989, the association holds a series of networking meetings throughout the year to facilitate the exchange of information between investors and entrepreneurs. 

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