Crowdfunding Campaign

We want to thank everyone who helped and supported us. You made it possible to exceed our goal. Thank you.

A fundraising campaign for Launch NY

Post campaign update:

We want to thank everyone for their support throughout our entire campaign. With your help we exceeded our goal of $100,000 to raise nearly $130,000! And there is still a chance to donate to help startup companies and the region grow, so please share and visit our donation link by clicking here. Together, we are making a difference!

Who is Helping Upstate NY Startup Companies Grow?

To meet some of our most promising startup companies, watch our latest video:

Did you miss our first videos, watch them all here.

Major Donors

Why Donate?

Did you know that only 3% of the venture capital invested annually in NYS comes to Upstate NY to fuel our most innovative companies? How do we bring vital resources to startups, who account for the majority of new job growth in the US and transform the region’s economy? You can still donate to Launch NY to bring venture capital to our region by clicking here.

Your tax-deductible donation to Launch NY will make an immediate impact on a region you love.

Launch NY is a nonprofit organization in Upstate NY cities of Binghamton, Buffalo, Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, and surrounding areas that provides high-growth potential startup businesses both the mentoring and capital resources they need to start, grow, prosper and give back - and build a new economy. 

For the majority of these startup companies, the first 2-3 years are the “make or break” years when they have to develop and test their ideas. Your donation to Launch NY’s seed fund will provide the vital proof-of-concept funding to support the most promising entrepreneurs to build their business and attract other investors. You can make a difference through a one time tax-deductible gift online by clicking here or make a pledge over time by contacting President & CEO, Marnie LaVigne at 

Upstate NY cities and towns have a chance at new life through innovative startup companies that are popping up everywhere. Imagine breakthrough products and services that make people's lives better and provide job opportunities for the whole community. 

That's what Launch NY is all about – providing pro bono mentoring and funding to high-growth potential startup companies on behalf of making Upstate NY the place to work and live in the new millennium. 

With our team of Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, working in tandem with regional partners, since 2012 we have assisted over 450 companies who have employed over 1000 people across all industry sectors. 

Learn about a few more of the startups that Launch NY is supporting:

    Solstice Power - James Shomar working on creating a solar cell mount that is more cost more

    Mad Hops - Peter Hanley creative hop flavored brew more

    Yank Tech - Josh Yank working on a wireless charging more

    Hz Innovations - Greyson Walkins working on a device that alerts deaf people via mobile phone of everyday noises around the more

    Healthcare Hub - Natalie Apparicio-Farrell working on creating eco-friendly medical devices and more

    - Ian Szalinski, Founder of Evoke Healthy Foods - Rochester

    "The Entrepreneurs in Residence supported in partnership with Launch NY at REV here in Ithaca have been a fantastic help as we continue to grow and evolve GiveGab. Brad Treat, for example, has been a startup CEO multiple times in the past. His practical, experiential advice has had a real, direct, positive impact on both myself and other members of my team."

    - Charlie Mulligan, CEO of GiveGab

    "Growth is going to occur in large part due to the success of entrepreneurs and innovators across the region who are developing breakthrough products and services to help our communities thrive."

    - Marnie LaVigne, President & CEO, Launch NY

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    About the Organization

    President and CEO, Marnie LaVigne, welcomes you to contact her at to learn more and discuss support opportunities.

    Our mission is to identify, support and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies and catalyze the entrepreneurial culture of Upstate New York through regional collaboration with ecosystem partners. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, Launch NY uses nationally-recognized best practices to assist the most promising startup businesses across its 27-county region of Upstate NY.

    Launch New York, Inc. is a charitable organization exempt from income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. Contributions to Launch New York, Inc. may be deductible as charitable contributions. Please consult your tax advisor.

    Anyone may upon request obtain from Launch New York, Inc. or from the New York State Attorney General a copy of the last financial report filed by Launch New York, Inc. with the New York State Attorney General. The request should be addressed either to...

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