Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Million Grand Prize Winner of 43North

SparkCharge Wins $1 Million Grand Prize in $5 Million Startup Competition; Top 8 Finalists Awarded out of 485 Total Competing Startups

October 3, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced SparkCharge as the $1 million grand prize winner of the fifth annual 43North competition. The top eight finalists of the $5 million startup competition were announced at an awards ceremony in Buffalo this evening. For the fifth straight year, 43North awarded a total of $5 million in cash prizes, free incubator space in Buffalo for one year, guidance from mentors and access to other business incentive programs to eight startups from around the world.

"The 43North competition has made Buffalo a top destination for some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs across the globe," Governor Cuomo said. "I am proud to welcome all of these innovative 2018 43North winners and look forward to seeing their projects in action, further energizing the economy of Western New York."

"We're continuing the momentum of innovation with the internationally recognized 43North competition with Round 5 of the awards, and I congratulate all of the winners," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who made today's announcement.  "The 43North business plan competition is attracting the best and the brightest aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world to Buffalo, fueling the economy of Western New York."

Read the full press release here.