rise collaborative


Rise Collaborative produces a video and blog series that promotes local small businesses and non profits. We cover culture and lifestyle in Buffalo and Western New York. #RiseBFLO tagged photos on Instagram are gathered each week to display the best photos in the region while promoting a local event or business at the same time.
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No Boundaries is a series covering social and economic justice, community change makers, and culture. 10,000 print copies are released every spring and fall.
“EXTRA by No Boundaries,” a podcast from Holly Kirkpatrick, is released every other month, taking a deeper look at the people behind positive change. Throughout the year, No Boundaries releases videos that tell stories of issues facing different communities in the city.
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RISE Sports features two podcasts available on iTunes and Stitcher: “The Hurry Up” – from Matt Pitarresi, covering the Bills and NFL, and “Through the Neutral Zone” – from TJ Luckman, covering the Sabres and NHL. Both differentiate themselves by sticking with gameplay, player stats and strategy, and ignoring whatever is going on in the parking lot before the game. Just what every fan needs to get up to speed each week.
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Rise likes to party. From running promotional parties inside local small businesses like Buffalo Proper, Renew Bath and Body, and Billy Club, to taking over venues like SPACE for “Shock and Awe: La Luna Lives!” and Buffalo Riverworks for “90s Rise Again Halloween,” we love bringing people together on the dance floor for the region’s top musical acts and entertainers in the best venues.


T shirts and baseball caps, tank tops and winter hats, Rise has style. Collaborating with local artists and printers, we’ve released projects that have benefited multiple groups like T shirt sales that were donated to GO Bike Buffalo and Teach for America Buffalo, and 450 winter hats sold in 2016 in a buy one, give one to a refugee in need, program in partnership with the International Institute of Buffalo.

Work with us

Want an innovative article, photo tour, or video that people will actually watch and connect with on social media or during an event? Contact us. Rise has varying rates for promotion, working with small businesses and non profits alike. Our team can be reached at hey@risecollaborative.com.

Bridget Schaefer – Media Director
Kevin Heffernan – Managing Director


Drew Brown – Creative Director

(Photos by the talented Beth Insalaco)