Meet John Gavigan, Executive Director at 43North in Buffalo. John is a Business owner, executive and management professional with 20+ years’ experience providing strategic, operational and sales leadership to start-up, turnarounds, expansions and established businesses. His skills include executive level relationship management, human resource management, business planning and implementation, sales management, sales, and marketing. 43North is the world’s largest business idea competition with $5 million in cash awards presented annually to attract entrepreneurs and startups to Buffalo, NY. Winning teams also receive free space in 43North’s incubator, mentorship and access to the START-UP NY program, which allows new companies to operate free of New York State taxes for 10 years. 43North is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion plan and it operates through grants from the New York Power Authority and Empire State Development.

On This Episode You’ll Learn:

What developments in Buffalo’s startup scene have happened in the past 5 years?

What were some of the challenges the 43North team faced in scaling the competition?

What startup verticals is Buffalo strongest in?

How are leaders in the Buffalo startup ecosystem collaborating with other ecosystems in the US?