Upstate Deals and Doings – June 2019

Upstate Deals and Doings
June 2019

Deals, news and events for the investment community across Upstate New York.

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Here are some highlights from the most recent deals done in Upstate New York

Angel Deals

  • ShoptoCook, a Williamsville-based provider of a digital marketing platform intended to deliver engaging food-related content, recipes, in-store products and meal ideas for improved shopping, raised $350,000 of angel funding
  • Circuit Clinical, a Buffalo-based operator of an integrated research organization intended to optimize the clinical research experience, raised $400,000 of angel funding
  • Third Eye Design, a Pittsford-based manufacturer of programmable motorcycle helmets designed to make motorcycles more visible and safer, raised $500,000 of angel funding
  • TeleLingo, a Purdys-based developer of a distraction monitoring device designed to protect your drivers and improve their habits, raised $500,000 of angel funding

Venture Deals

  • First Wave Technologies, a Batavia-based company whose devices leverage valuable clinical insight and innovative engineering to attain the goal of establishing a new standard of care, enabling patients and caregivers to obtain or delivery better healthcare service, raised close to $1MM of venture funding from Stonehenge Capital, Keiretsu Forum and Z80 Labs
  • RangeForce, a White Plains-based developer of a learning platform intended to offer cyber security training and exercises, raised $1.5 million of Seed 1 funding in a deal led by Paladin Capital Group
  • LC Drives, a Potsdam-based developer, manufacturer and retailer of industrial electric motors with industry-leading power density, raised $15 million in Series A financing from Koch Engineered Solutions

Private Equity Deals

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  • University of Buffalo launches Innovation Hub, a new initiative in downtown Buffalo to boost the startup economy. The Innovation Hub is funded through a $32 million Buffalo Billion II grant commitment from New York State and supports innovation at UB and its leading research partners.
  • Upstate Venture Connect has released the 2018-2019 Upstate CEO Report. The report shows that reveals that scalable companies (i.e., companies with national/global market focus) have more employees, higher average pay and more aggressive hiring plans, and they are more likely to receive outside financial support than firms with a focus on local customers


  • June 12 – Rochester – Investor Connections for Medtech Innovators – Upstate Capital partners with MedTech Association to connect with Upstate New York medtech leaders, innovators, capital providers and advisors in Rochester. Learn why med-tech offers some of the best opportunities and returns for investors. Register today.

  • August 7-8 – Saratoga – The Saratoga Forum – The Saratoga Forum is an exclusive event with great content for current and future CEOs, venture capitalists, middle market debt & equity investors, limited partners, venture-backed and second-stage entrepreneurs & angel investors. Come to Saratoga for exceptional networking at the historic Canfield Casino and a day at the races at the Saratoga Racetrack. Register now and save.

  • September 26 – Williamson – The Future of Food – Upstate Capital is hosting its second annual event to highlight food and agtech innovation in Upstate New York. This event will bring together members of the business and entrepreneurial communities to meet food and agtech investors and startups. Save the date!


  • June 11 – Online – Marketing for Manufacturers – It’s time to broaden your sales landscape by creating value and establishing yourself as a trusted expert. Tune into this webinar to hear from the marketing experts on how to tell your story, build momentum with existing customers, and attract and engage new prospects.

  • June 27 – Rochester – Light Tomorrow with Today – Luminate’s second cohort will participate in an exciting Demo Day event in the Big Tent of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival! All 10 finalist companies will be pitching their optics, photonics, and imaging startups, and one team will be awarded $1 million in follow-on funding from the Empire State Development’s Finger Lakes Forward initiative.