Business and Economic Development

UB takes great pride in being an important contributor to the Western New York economy, and as a major public research university, we are uniquely positioned to extend our contributions to Buffalo’s renaissance through our business and economic development programs and services. Below are some of the opportunities that UB provides for burgeoning entrepreneurs and businesses.    

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3/20/17

The Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program (MWEE) is a joint program through UB’s School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the UB Center for Urban Studies, and provides resources and mentorship to help minority and women entrepreneurs move their businesses to the next stage of development. Individuals in the program learn about existing organizations and resources in the community, have opportunities to network and forge relationships with surrounding area businesses, and receive guidance on how to develop and attain realistic business goals, among many other great supports. The program is partially funded by a grant through the Allstate Foundation.

3/20/17

Blackstone LaunchPad at the University at Buffalo is a campus-based entrepreneurship program that supports and mentors students, staff and alumni. Blackstone's goal is to introduce you to entrepreneurship, help you develop entrepreneurial skills and enable you to independently achieve success in whatever venture you pursue.

3/20/17

At UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), our leadership, staff and partners have decades of experience helping life sciences businesses start, grow and thrive. We know the business landscape here in Buffalo Niagara, and we understand the life sciences industry on a regional, national and global level. Let us help connect you with the right resources.

3/27/17

The Core Program, organized by UB’s School of Management, acts as a peer-mentorship program between local business owners, leaders and UB faculty. It provides an opportunity for networking and support within the WNY business community, as well as a platform for participants to develop and share ideas and practices and work out solutions for presenting challenges. The Core Program provides a safe and confidential environment for its participants.

3/20/17

The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth and invigorate the greater Western New York economy and community.

3/20/17

Students in the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences can engage in the Engineering Partnership Program, where they work with prominent companies in the Buffalo and WNY area. This program facilitates learning for students, contribution by UB into the engineering sciences workforce in the area, and allows for collaboration between UB and its surrounding communities.

3/27/17

Each spring, IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management provide free tax preparation services to qualifying individuals and families. This service can be especially valuable to low-income tax filers by helping them apply for earned income tax credits that can provide a needed boost in annual income. 

3/27/17

Launched by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) in 2007, this monthly lecture series is free and open to the public from September through April. Hear firsthand about how Western New York is expanding in life sciences, advanced manufacturing, economic development and much more while networking with leaders from our region and beyond.

3/27/17

The University at Buffalo Regional Institute is involved with a wide variety of topics pertaining to economic development and research, as well as regional improvement across jurisdictions. UBRI provides planning expertise, analysis, and support to a number of causes, including market research, urban design and many other components of regional success.

3/27/17

UB’s Science and Engineering Equipment and Instrumentation Portal (EQUIP) of shared facilities provides cost-effective access to precision laboratories, tools and equipment for electronic device development, the study and analysis of materials, motion simulation and 3D additive & digital manufacturing.  All are available for shared use by UB students and faculty, as well as researchers at other academic institutions, and those in government and industry. 

6/20/17

The Social Impact Fellowship (SIF) is a partnership between UB’s School of Management and School of Social Work in collaboration with Blackstone LaunchPad. This fellowship connects 16 entrepreneurially and socially minded students to local nonprofits where they are encouraged to develop innovative solutions to issues affecting our community. 

3/20/17

This groundbreaking initiative gives companies the opportunity to operate state and local tax-free on (or near) a UB campus. The START-UP NY program through UB allows companies to align their businesses with university resources and facilities, access to UB students, faculty and alumni, connect with a vast support network and more.

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The center provides resources and connections to a range of businesses, from entrepreneurs to established companies. TCIE connects local business to engineering and applied science resources, offering development training, technical analysis, industrial engineering and more.

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The Henry A Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition provides UB students from various disciplines with an opportunity to further innovative ideas into viable businesses in WNY. The competition, made possible by a $1,000,000 endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., involves teams of students pitching concepts and project ideas related to the life sciences, technologies and engineering industries. The winning team receives a prize of $25,000 in start-up money and $27,000 worth of in-kind services. The competition allows for young entrepreneurs to introduce new and innovative business in the WNY area.

3/20/17

SPIR, a SUNY program and subset of University at Buffalo’s SEAS’ TCIE program, connects the business world to engineering resources available through the SUNY system, including the University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University and SUNY Binghamton.

3/20/17

The UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) is one of 15 NYSTAR sponsored Centers for Advanced Technology across New York State. The center supports university-industry collaborations in life sciences research, education and technology transfer. UB CAT provides essential funding and infrastructure to foster the growth of life sciences companies and the commercialization of new inventions that grow the New York State economy.

3/27/17

University at Buffalo provides training, research, knowledge and opportunity to students and independent entrepreneurs alike through its Business and Entrepreneurial Services. University laboratory facilities and specialized equipment are used by entrepreneurs and scientists expanding their options for research and development. Faculty and students provide content expertise, frequently working with industry to solve problems. 

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The UB Small Business Innovation Award can help faculty move from Phase I to Phase II federal funding of an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) or STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) grant. The competitive SBIR and STTR programs encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization. 

 

3/20/17

Generously supported by the Prentice Family Foundation, the Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship is a program dedicated to supporting promising University at Buffalo students who are committed to contributing to the economic viability of the Western New York Region. The program delivers on this promise by providing Prosperity Fellows with professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders and the community.