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Entrepreneurial Programs

UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) and its partners provide numerous opportunities to help you grow your ideas and accelerate your business plan. No matter what stage you are in as an entrepreneur, we have the resources to help you achieve your vision. 

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Critical Path

Critical Path, a VilCap Communities Life Sciences Accelerator Program, and partnership between the UB, Launch NY, InBN and WIN, is designed to assist scalable life sciences startups with expert advice from industry and investment experts. Participating companies will use a peer selection process to provide each other feedback on their businesses and choose two companies to receive $50,000 investment each from the Launch NY Seed Fund.

Determine if your high-tech business idea is investable at this entrepreneur’s boot camp event. We bring together experts in technology, business, finance and law to provide feedback for your concept.  

Let us help you with your startup or existing business by: 

  • Connecting you with investors so you can pitch your ideas
  • Offering the tools you need to promote investments
  • Introducing you to possible business partners
  • Providing networking activities in life sciences, energy, IT and advanced manufacturing

Leaders of early-stage life sciences companies can learn from established entrepreneurs and investors in the field. Participants benefit from:

  • Interactive educational sessions
  • Mentoring opportunities for long-term success
  • Networking opportunities from key team members in the life sciences community

This competition gives UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines the opportunity to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Buffalo Niagara.

Partner Programs

43North
The world’s largest business idea competition is awarding $5 million in cash prizes to help companies turn their new business idea into reality. 

Launch NY
A great resource for entrepreneurs in Upstate New York to stay connected, find a mentor, and get investment advice. Find out how Launch NY is creating jobs and helping emerging companies succeed.

Western New York Venture Association
Whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur, you can connect with: 

  • Investors seeking opportunities
  • Businesses seeking investment capital
  • Entrepreneurs in need of support

Buffalo Angels
If you have a groundbreaking idea, you’ll need an investor to boost your opportunities. Read more about the investment process or learn how to apply.

Upstate Venture Association of New York (UVANY)
This statewide organization can help you find venture capital and private equity investments. 

Insyte Consulting 
Find customized solutions for your manufacturing or technology company. Through the partnership with SBIR/STTR, Insyte Consulting has resources to help you with your R&D needs and other key factors.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), these centers have a wealth of resources designed to support small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

SCORE 
This association helps small businesses, often at no charge or very low cost. Supported by SBA, SCORE is a nonprofit group with a network of more than 11,000 volunteers. 

START-UP CEL
You're ready to pursue your idea and form a business. Now what? The Start-Up CEL program leads early stage entrepreneurs and their leadership teams to ask the right questions and get the answers you need to accelerate your startup.