And the winner is ….

Being an entrepreneur requires learning and determination. That can help explain why entrepreneurs naturally create close-knit and supportive communities.

Upstart NY is devoted to supporting Buffalo’s and Western New York’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, and as part of our successful launch, we decided to help build that community by offering sweepstakes featuring one of that ecosystem's premier products.


We partnered with Bak USA to provide new readers interested in entrepreneurship and innovation one of their very own Bak USA Seal tablet, valued at $699.


Sesha Yalamanchili (Launch NY), Carly Battin (BAK USA), Sandra Ann Talley (winner), Danielle Blount (Launch NY)Bak USA builds their Seal tablet, which is waterproof, weatherproof, dust and drop resistant, right here in Buffalo. Carli Battin of Bak USA, a startup itself, shares that the company is “so excited to see the startup culture take off in Buffalo along with 43 North, Launch NY, and now Upstart NY are talking about the startup culture and helping to make those connections among each other.”


She adds that “it just helps us create a powerful network of the startups here and we can rely on all the momentum from each of us individually to help all of us entrepreneurs succeed.”


Battin, along with Upstart NY team members, was recently on site at Bak USA’s headquarters to proudly hand over the tablet to the sweepstakes winner: Sandra Ann Talley of Buffalo.


Talley was very surprised to learn she had won Bak USA’s Seal tablet and knows she is going to put it to good use. “I am an entrepreneur here in Buffalo, and this tablet will really help me with my business,” she says.


“I love Upstart NY,” Talley adds. “I am trying to expand my business, so it was great to see a new online magazine about entrepreneurship to learn and grow from.”


Talley was one of nearly 400 sweepstakes entrants and now new members of Upstart NY’s growing community.


Upstart NY is devoted exclusively to entrepreneurship & innovation in Western New York. We are committed to covering the full entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region, from venture capital-backed, high-growth startups to grassroots, neighborhood small business--and everything in between.



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