The Buffalo Startup Ecosystem Pledge is an agreement that members of the Buffalo startup community, like you, publicly commit to honoring as they operate their daily activities and interact with other members.
By signing this pledge, you are leading by example and declaring your commitment to making this ecosystem the best it can be for everyone involved.
Join the following companies in taking the pledge today!
To welcome anyone into our community and support their journey through it.
To sign up for the mission to serve the Buffalo community before serving my company’s or my own needs. In that spirit, I will not bring my agenda to the forefront, but the agenda of the community as a priority.
To operate in an honorable manner by doing what I said I would do.
To put founders first which means making decisions based on what would be best for a founder and their company.
To #givefirst whenever possible, without expectation of anything in return. I will take meetings when asked and offer advice without payment.
To contribute to the growth of this community because I know its development benefits everyone, not just me.
To create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all participants.
To foster the next generation of entrepreneurs and community leaders.
To connect individuals asking for help from my network when possible with as little curation or filters as reasonable.
To exhibit daily a spirit of Win/Win, not a Zero-Sum or Win/Lose mentality.
To operate in the spirit of collaboration, and avoid competition, even though I might come out ahead if I was to compete.
To reject the idea of gatekeepers and ensure everyone in the community is treated as an equal with equal access to information and resources.
To support underrepresented groups in their pursuit of entrepreneurship and proactively reach out to them for inclusion in this community.
To publicly exhibit your love of place (Buffalo) in all interactions (face-to-face, social media, etc.)
To publicly support this pledge as often as possible, and encourage others in the community to do so as well.