Endeavor Western New York has a new chef. And he is already quite familiar with the world organization.
Alan Rosenhoch has returned to the role of Managing Director of Endeavor WNY after previously working as the head of entrepreneur selection and growth within the organization for the past two years.
He replaced John Gavigan, a former executive director of 43North who was Endeavor WNY’s first executive when it opened in Buffalo in 2020.
Endeavor works with high-impact, high-growth late-stage startups and connects them to a global network of markets, mentors, investors and talent. Endeavor WNY has worked with Buffalo-based companies Circuit Clinical and Squire and Rochester companies Sweetwater Energy and Aerosafe Global.
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“I’m excited to take on this new role,” said Rosenhoch, who spent 12 years at Invest Buffalo Niagara working in business development before joining Endeavour. “I am truly humbled and honored by the confidence the board has given me to take on what I think is a really important role.”
Rosenhoch moved into the role of general manager on April 1. Gavigan is now a senior partner at Florida-based venture capital group Rocket One Capital and CEO of CrediVault. Rocket One Capital is a lead investor in CrediVault, a debt registry startup.
In his nearly three years with Endeavour, Gavigan said he’s proud of the value the organization has been able to bring to hundreds of entrepreneurs in Western New York, the network that he and his team have built on and from the collaborative work Endeavor has done with other entrepreneur support organizations in the Buffalo and Rochester areas.
“I’m really happy that we have a stable organization that adds new net worth to our startups here in the region,” Gavigan said.
But perhaps his proudest achievement was hiring Rosenhoch as a co-pilot.
Gavigan described Rosenhoch as an “exceptionally gifted” community steward who is “deeply committed” to the work of Endeavour.
“I think he’s going to do great things with Endeavor and ultimately do great things for our community,” Gavigan said.
Rosenhoch said his top priority is to continue to support the entrepreneurs Endeavor works with and help them achieve their goals. He also wants to take advantage of the opportunities Endeavor WNY has to collaborate with other Endeavor offices around the world to bring even more mentoring relationships to local entrepreneurs.
“I’m excited to continue the momentum I think we’ve built as an organization,” Rosenhoch said.
Gavigan will continue to live in Western New York with his wife and children.
And he will continue to be involved in Endeavour; he was appointed to the organization’s board of directors.
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What: The Western New York Impact Investment Fund has raised $11.55 million to invest in local businesses that positively impact the Buffalo-Niagara community.
Tell me more: The fund launched in Western New York in 2017 with approximately $8 million from 10 investors and has so far made 13 investments in emerging companies such as Viridi Parente, Circuit Clinical, Garwood Medical Devices and CleanFiber.
The fund seeks market-rate financial returns in companies that have a measurable social impact in areas such as workforce education, diversity and development, neighborhood revitalization, health and sustainability. environment.
The 10 investors who contributed to the first fund invested in the second, along with a dozen new investors, including M&T Bank and the Buffalo State College Foundation.
Why is this important: Every startup ecosystem needs a variety of funding sources, especially those willing to invest in early-stage companies.
Many of the companies the fund has invested in are growing and hiring in Western New York, including Circuit Clinical, which recently raised $29 million. Circuit Clinical’s offerings help make clinical trials a more accessible treatment option for patients.
With the $11 million investment, the fund is “prepared to support the next generations of entrepreneurs” in Western New York, said fund CEO Thomas Quinn.
Quinn said the fund has received “strong interest” from regional and national investors. It expects to close additional financing by early July.
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