The Partners Behind Shift 2.0

Shift 2.0 is a collaboration of unparalleled expertise. Our partners are dedicated to ensuring our members have everything they need to help their organizations excel.

EWI is a leading engineering and technology organization and the operational arm of Buffalo Manufacturing Works. They have more than 30 years of experience in providing applied research, manufacturing support and strategic services—and they are one of a select few organizations nationwide that consistently transition technology innovations from proof-of-concept to production. EWI anticipates and develops technologies that have a significant impact on manufacturing competitiveness.


Insyte Consulting is a highly regarded external advisor that has been around for more than 40 years, helping clients improve operational productivity by providing customized solutions. On average, their projects generate a return of $37 for every $1 invested.

“We’re proud to partner with Buffalo Manufacturing Works on Shift2.0, because it addresses the keys to success for all manufacturers: harnessing rapidly evolving technologies and addressing workforce shortages.  By helping small manufacturers understand and implement new technology on their shopfloors, we’re helping them become more competitive and, in many cases, addressing workforce shortages that threaten their business.   Shift 2.0 goes directly to Insyte Consulting’s mission to help WNY manufacturers succeed.  It’s a free program available to all WNY manufacturers and I would recommend it highly to any company that wants to succeed in the current environment.”  Ben Rand, President of Insyte Consulting




Launch NY’s mission is to identify, support, and invest in high-growth, high-impact companies to create jobs and wealth and catalyze the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the 27 westernmost counties of Upstate New York. Built on nationally recognized best practices, we achieve our mission by providing our startup client companies with pro bono mentoring services and access to seed capital.

“Launch NY, as a venture development organization offering the most active seed fund in New York State, is thrilled be a part of the Shift 2.0 program, where the strong partnerships and expertise drive results for manufacturers in our region. The program’s focus on assisting manufacturers in implementing automation and robotics really paves the way for them to grow. Finding the right partner to help fund these implementation projects is the key to success. Launch NY is a proud partner in Shift 2.0, where we help manufacturers navigate the capital landscape. Through the program, we work with manufactures to assess their capital needs and provide tailored introductions to capital partners who can help fund their projects. We look forward to working with the manufacturers and our Shift 2.0 partners to catalyze success.” – Marnie LaVigne, Ph.D., President and CEO of LaunchNY