Introducing Upstart NY

Launching today, Upstart NY is a new online publication focused on telling stories of entrepreneurship and growth at the dawn of Buffalo's economic and cultural revival.


Whether it's the story of a college grad starting an app in a converted warehouse downtown, a Sudanese immigrant opening a restaurant on the West Side, or a retiree taking an idea and turning it into a high-growth company, entrepreneurship is strong and vibrant in Western New York. 


Growth is the topic of conversation in this once aging rust belt area, and that means new job opportunities, vibrant neighborhoods and expanded cultural opportunities for Buffalo natives as well as transplants. New restaurants pop up daily, parks are full, and once-vacant buildings house businesses and residences.


Buffalo's affordability and accessibility are increasing draws, especially as people are priced out of cities on the coasts. And, Buffalonians themselves, with their grit and tradition of hard work, are laying the foundation for a revival in a city that is fast becoming a magnet for startups, whether they are boot-strapped, grassroots enterprises or venture-backed, high-growth companies.


This entrepreneurship trend has been encouraged and developed by organizations such as Launch NY, who is helping to underwrite this publication and which offer funding and support to Buffalo's startup and high-growth entities. Their efforts are part of a new ecosystem of new businesses and innovation that is flourishing here.


With its mission to portray Buffalo's growth, we are following the trends and developments during this extraordinary moment. Our team of local writers, journalists, and photographers are ready to tell the stories of who and where and what is driving the area's entrepreneurial spirit.


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