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The Bak Board debuts to tech and business leaders at the world’s largest business competition in downtown Buffalo.

A team of Bak USA team members set up shop at 43North.

Bak USA has teamed up with 43North to participate in the “world’s largest business idea competition,” the annual contest where entrepreneurs from all over the world pitch their ideas to a team of venture capitalists in Buffalo, New York.

To judge this year’s competition, 30 venture capitalists and five VIP judges will be using their own Bak Boards, the original tablet from Bak USA. Each Bak Board includes a profile of the competitors, Wi-Fi/3G Internet capabilities, and long-lasting battery life so judges can research the competition, evaluate the businesses, and award a total of $5 million in prizes to the winners.


“To judge this year’s competition, 30 venture capitalists and five VIP judges will be using their own Bak Board.”


Judges also get to keep their Bak Boards for use at home and in business when the competition ends. As a Buffalo-based start-up, Bak USA is proud to support the small business community. As active members in the ever-growing entrepreneurial ecosystem evolving in Buffalo, we are thrilled to have a presence at the 43North Competition.

Throughout the week, Bak USA and 43North will be exchanging ideas; sharing workspaces; and supporting each other’s initiatives, particularly on social media. Most notably, Bak USA President Ulla Bak will be featured in a 43North premiere video which will air to the audience at the event. Additionally, Bak USA is slated to host a tour for the 30+ participating venture capitalists and judges.

43North’s panel of judges on stage at Shea’s Performing Arts.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news and notes, follow 43North on Twitter at @forty3north and Bak USA at @bakusabuffalo. Don’t forget to check out the hashtags #43North, #BuffalosBak, and #MakingBuffaloBetter.

For those who are interested in seeing the “Million Dollar Moment,” the final round and awards celebration will take place on Thursday, October 27 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. The event will be free to the public.

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James A. Colombo III

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