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Buffalo, NY /

Startup Grind Hosts Norma Nowak (UB CBLS) & Bethany Deshpande (SomaDetect)

Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center 640 Ellicott Street , Buffalo, NY (map)

THIS IS A PAID EVENT - PURCHASE YOUR TICKET IN THE LINK BELOW Startup Grind - Buffalo hosts a special event for Female Founders Month at the Innovation Center on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus hosted by Colleen Heidinger of 43North and the Startup Grind Buffalo team.&nbsp; </p>


6:00 pm: Networking

6:30 pm: Fireside Chat

7:15 pm: Q & A

7:45 pm: Networking



Norma Nowak - Empire Genomics (Founder and Chief Scientific Officer)

Norma Jean Nowak, Ph.D., is recognized as a leader in the field of human genomics. Her research contributed directly to the Human Genome Project, as well as to genomic based approaches to understanding heritable disorders and cancer.

Bethany Deshpande - SomeDetect (CEO)

Bethany Deshpande is the CEO of SomaDetect. With more than a decade of experience in science and entrepreneurship, she is a highly motivated big-picture thinker who asks questions like a scientist, demands the precision of a surgeon, and takes risks like an artist.


Colleen Heidinger - 43North (Director of Events & Programming)


Global Partner

Google for Entrepreneurs (

Google is committed to empowering entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and our products.

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator (

Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs For Entrepreneurs gives talented entrepreneurs access to Comcast NBCUniversal’s renowned network of partners, brands and mentors to foster rapid breakthroughs in media, entertainment and connectivity.

Local Sponsorss

43North (

With $5 million in cash prizes, including a top award of $1 million, six $500,000 awards and four $250,000 awards, 43North is setting out to turn the best new business ideas from around the globe into reality.

Nickel City Graphics (

We specialize in making the value of your product or service into an easy-to-understand, wide-spread marketing message. Nickel City Graphics is – Marketing, simplified.


Big Ditch Brewing Co (

Big Ditch Brewing Company is a craft beer brewery located in downtown Buffalo, NY. We are dedicated to providing quality, delicious, innovative and drinkable craft beers to Western New York and beyond.

The Innovation Center (

The Thomas R. Beecher, Jr. Innovation Center, an entrepreneurial hub in Buffalo, is a LEED-certified incubation space housing more than 100 companies including those in life sciences, biotech and social innovation, as well as businesses offering support services like IP attorneys, talent acquisition, sales, and marketing. The collaborative and entrepreneurial setting provides an excellent environment for businesses to grow and network.


Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 350 cities and 120 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.




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