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2018 : Year in Review

Activities and Results during the year ended December 31, 2018:


  • Hosted five networking forums
  • Presentations by ten featured companies
  • Eight "one-minute" presenters
  • Attended by 365 people

Funding Results

  • 5 companies that presented at a WNYVA forum in 2018 received third-party funding before or after they presented at WNYVA.

 Buffalo AngelS

The Buffalo Angels, a program of the WNYVA limited to accredited investors, held eleven monthly meetings to review potential investments, share due diligence.

  • Fourteen companies made presentations to the group.
  • Four companies received funding totaling $917,000 from Buffalo Angels, LLC and individual Buffalo Angels members. Other companies are still under consideration.

Participation in the WNY Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

  • WNYVA and Buffalo Angels members served as judges and mentors for the 43North Business Plan Competition, Buffalo Startup Weekend, the University at Buffalo's Panasci Business Plan Contest and the NY State Student Business Plan Competition.
  • Hosted students from Canisius College, University at Buffalo and The Nichols School at WNYVA forums.
  • Provided free memberships to top finishers at Buffalo Startup Weekend and 43North winners.

Collaboration with Other Investor Groups

  • Co-invested with and/or shared due diligence with LaunchNY, WNY IMpact Investment Fund, Rand Capital Corporation and angel groups in Rochester and Southern Ontario. 
  • Buffalo Angels members participated in the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization's National Angel Summit.
  • Member of the Angel Capital Association.


  • Includes 37 corporate and 111 individual members, including 67 accredited Buffalo Angels.


Helping connect you to WNY

  • Investors seeking opportunities
  • Businesses seeking investment capital
  • Network with growing entrepreneurs 

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