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43North – another terrific year in the books

43North – a startup/economic development initiative funded (in part I think) by the state of New York – wrapped up its fourth contest on Thursday with finalist pitches and an amazing event at the historic Shea’s Theater in downtown Buffalo NY.   Participating in this contest as a judge is a highlight of my year.

All sixteen finalist delivered compelling and well-rehearsed pitches.  The winner was SomaDetect -a Canadian company. SomaDetect makes “an in-line sensor that measures every critical indicator of dairy quality from every cow at every milking.”  Their founder and CEO – Bethany Deshpande – was extraordinarily poised on-stage.  She connected with the large audience (and won the People’s Choice award) and with the judges apparently.   I hope SomaDetect does well while doing good and delivers the benefit to Buffalo that 43North hopes for.

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