Buffalo Startup Ecosystem Pledge

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!

I pledge, as part of the Buffalo Startup Community:

  • 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.

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Who pledged?

David Brenner
Thimble IO
David Thiemecke
Pointman
Matthew Pelkey
Colligan Law/UB
Tom Murdock
UB
Stephanie Argentine
solve& consulting, llc
Nasir Ali
Upstate Venture Connect
Danie Penberthy
Rand capital
Alex Matlack
Techstars
Kim Grant
UB School of medicine
Gary Wieczorek
Produce Peddlers
Kathryn  Cartini
Upstate Venture Connect
Dan Gigante
19 IDEAS
tony Santopolo
M&T Bank
Alan Rosenhoch
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Jack McGowan
Insyte Consulting
Jonathan Gorczyca
Helm Experience & Design
Pete  Petrella
Viaduct
Matt Helt
Techstars
Alex  Gress
43North
Allen Dembski
Buffalo First Wealth Mgmt
Jonathna Willcox
TROVE
Mike Moore
Barclay Damon LLP
Irfan Khan
Circuit Clinical
Nicholas Barone
Helm Experience & Design
Daniel Fuglewicz
RDTNE Technologies, LLC
Jon Carmen
SimpleFund
Antoinette Forth
Walkabout Work
Jon  Spitz
BuffaloBNB
Greg Pokriki
Invest Buffalo Niagara
Kevin O'Brien
Colligan Law
michael hamilton
mhamilton@peeva.co
Daniel Bell
Newbird
Nicole Jacobs
Peeva
Shafiq Jalal
Robert Reisch
ACV
Amber Small
JAM Parkside
Dan Magnuszewski
ACV Auctions
Nick Gianadda
HealtheConnections
Alex Solar
Material Exchange
Kris Hulbert
Gratwick Productions
Andy Gordon
Techstars
Erik Gregory
Material Exchange
Curtis  Magnuszewski
VMware
Clark Dever
Techstars
Kevin Kerl
Material Exchange
Jamel Perkins
Execision Group
Harshita Girase
University at Buffalo
Ryan Litt
3AM Innovations
John Gavigan
Gamilax
Joel Colombo
360 PSG, Inc
Charlie Riley
Curbell Plastics
Lauren DeLuca
Motivate Ventures
Margot Knab
Colligan Law LLP
Stephen Butzler
Circuit Clinical
Jacob Gadikian
Drone Energy
Bill Rader
Efferent Labs, Inc.
Will Schulmeister
EagleHawk
Win Thurlow
MedTech
Chris LaFleur
Debitrum
Sean Heidinger
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc
A.J.  Baynes
Amherst Chamber of Commerce
Robert Maefs
Argyle Technology
Peter Burakowski
43North
PJ Hagerty
DevRelate.io
Scott Goodwin
EmergenceTek Group Inc.
Karl Newell
LenderLogix
scott@lenderlogix.com Falbo
LenderLogix
Bill Boulden
Kangarootime
David Colligan
Colliganlaw LLP
James Wigdor
Mike Kozelsky
Campus Labs
Scott Mercer
Torch Leadership Labs
Rimas Musteikis
Intl Nice Guys
Scott Fiege
scott@nytp.com
Mike Canzoneri
Torch Leadership Labs
Chris Miano
MemoryFox
Andy Hakes
AireXpert
Paul Neubecker
Spektate
Tripp Higgins
AireXpert
Jack Sullivan
UB School of Medicine
Liz LeCompte
Kangarootime
Steve Kiernan
Pointman
John Osberg
DataSure24
Bill Irvine
IVR Technology Group
Michael Parkot
Always something Farm
Erick Kraemer
Colligan Law LLP
Bob Fritzinger
University at Buffalo
Jonathan C. Dunsmoor, Esq.
Dunsmoor Law, P.C.
Shawna Stanley
The Vanguard House
Patrick O’Brien
LenderLogix
Akshay Sivadas
UB TCIE
Edward Tierney
EdwardTierney.com
David Yovanoff
Hodgson Russ LLP
Bill Banas
Christine Howard
E.B. Howard Consulting
Janna Willoughby-Lohr
Papercraft Miracles
Jackie  Lennert
Rove Jewelry Accessories and Gifts, LLC