Support for Alumni

In addition to connecting entrepreneurs to resources offered at UB, Blackstone LaunchPad is committed to partnering with businesses and organizations in the community to develop entrepreneurial programming, promote outside events and encourage alumni and friends of Blackstone LaunchPad to participate in our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are here to help the UB community connect with local partners and to make it easier for companies to access the talent found at our university.

Directed Energy

Directed Energy is a NYSERDA-funded program that seeks to facilitate the emergence and growth of an alternative energy technology and business cluster in Western New York. The program is managed by UB's Technology Transfer office.

Insyte Consulting

Insyte Consulting offers customized solutions for manufacturing and technology companies. Through a partnership with SBIR/STTR, Insyte Consulting has resources to help you with your research and development needs.

Launch NY

Launch NY is a great resource for helping New York entrepreneurs to stay connected, find a mentor and get investment advice. Discover how Launch NY is creating new companies and helping emerging companies succeed.

MedTech

MedTech is an active organization for bioscience, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. Get the tools you need to advance your business and develop relationships to take your company or career to the next level.

Pre-Seed Workshop

The Pre-Seed Workshop is a community event in which teams build companies over the course of two and a half days. Community experts in such industries as tech, legal, business and finance come together to determine the viability of new startup concepts with a focus on commercializing hard-science technologies.

Here is how it works: Highly skilled professionals are preassigned to work with academic researchers who have patented inventions. Participants are divided teams that are balanced based on team members’ talents—just like a real startup. Teams are led through a series of structured hands-on sessions where they investigate and transform technologies with the potential to be commercialized into pre-seed stage companies. Teams leave the workshop with a basic commercialization plan for a new startup.

SBIR/STTR Funding

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to engage in federal research and research and development that have the potential for commercialization. The SBIR funding program is structured in three phases.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena, bridging the gap between basic science and the commercialization of resulting innovations. In the phase I and phase II stages, small businesses are required to formally collaborate with a research institution.

SCORE

SCORE is a small business counseling organization. Since 1964, SCORE’s experienced business mentors have been providing general advice on every aspect of business planning, launching, management and growth.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a great range of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDCs support business growth and sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities, thereby fostering local and regional economic development through job creation and retention.

START-UP NY

Under the START-UP NY program, you can operate your business tax-free for 10 years if you establish a new business in, expand in, or relocate to New York State. If you qualify, your employees will pay no state personal income taxes. UB can help you navigate the program’s benefits.

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)

The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) fills a critical gap in existing state industrial assistance programs by providing technically advanced multidisciplinary assistance and helping companies improve market posture, employee retention and job creation. The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) is the regional administrator of SPIR and works to connect corporate partners with UB engineers.

The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE)

Committed to cultivating strong and sustainable businesses, TCIE connects the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with public and private businesses, enabling them to survive and thrive. TCIE provides results-oriented technical assistance, consulting and training for sustainable operational improvements.

UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT)

UB CAT operates within the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), providing opportunity and infrastructure linking academic research with commercial interests. The center provides project cost-share backing for research and development activities that include a UB researcher and a company with clear project deliverables that have significant capability for economic impact.

UB Technology Transfer

The UB Technology Transfer office facilitates the transfer of UB discoveries into enterprises that create value and provide products and services that benefit the public good. Technology Transfer collaborates with UB’s economic development-focused organizations to foster partnerships between UB and the business community and can assist you with:

  • Patent applications.
  • Preliminary business plans for patent-pending technologies.
  • Access to UB technology incubators.
  • Direction to appropriate resources for entrepreneurs of startup companies.