BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Technology Incubator
welcomed three new companies in 2010, furthering its mission of
providing emerging businesses with the technical, business and
financial assistance they need to become a force in Western New
York's developing knowledge economy.
BridgeComposites LLC, a producer of glass-composite bridges and
bridge decks, has been accepted into the incubator program, and is
waiting for space to open at the technology park in Amherst, N.Y.
CloudBack LLC, a web start-up that will specialize in
crowdsourcing, and Ladybug Teknologies Inc., a distributor of law
enforcement-grade personal breathalyzers, joined the incubator as
All three businesses are eligible for services including
investment coaching; monthly seminars on entrepreneurship; and
workshops on competing for funding from federal programs that
support small business research and technology transfer.
Each company receives customized mentoring from UB staff
certified in incubator management by the National Business
Incubation Association. Principals and key employees of firms can
also access a network of professionals in law, venture capital and
marketing for consultation and regular meetings.
Each of the incubator's new businesses offers a unique set of
innovation-based services or products:
• BridgeComposites LLC supplies composite bridges
and bridge decks domestically and internationally. The company's
CEO and president, Jerome O'Connor, has long-standing relationships
with fabrication shops that possess the expertise to meet stringent
standards for structural components. This July, the Federal Highway
Administration designated BridgeComposites as the lead on a team
that will refine materials and processes used to produce composite
bridge decking for drawbridges, O'Connor said. He added that
transportation agencies are interested in composite bridges because
the bridges are strong but do not rust, and because the bridges can
be prefabricated and installed quickly, minimizing traffic
disruptions. O'Connor said he expects to take advantage of the
incubator's industry network, mentoring and workshops as his
• CloudBack LLC is a web start-up. Founded by two UB
School of Management MBA graduates, the firm will provide an online
avenue for small businesses to leverage the power of the crowd to
solve problems. Specifically, businesses seeking advice will be
able to present problems to a wide range of users registered with
CloudBack. Users who respond with a winning solution will qualify
for a reward. The CloudBack portal is under development, with a
launch date planned for early 2011. Raj Rege, co-founder and chief
operating officer, says the incubator's network and services will
help his company connect with venture and angel investors.
Additionally he is looking to tap UB's extensive student and
faculty network for assistance with business and technical
• Ladybug Teknologies Inc. is a "social technology"
firm that develops and sells products that enable social drinkers
to comply with drinking and driving laws. The company distributes
the BAQ Tracker, a personal, hand-held breathalyzer that employs
the same platinum fuel cell technology that law enforcement-grade
breathalyzers use to obtain accurate readings. Ladybug's suite of
products also includes BAQ Tracker Mobile, a Blackberry app that
enables social drinkers to keep track of their level of
intoxication by logging, in real-time, each drink they consume. The
program calculates users' blood alcohol concentration with a
forensic-quality formula that takes into account each individual's
gender, age, weight and height. Ladybug is based in Ontario,
Canada, and the incubator office is the firm's American
headquarters. Christine Montag, Ladybug's chief operating officer,
says she expects the incubator's network of professionals to
provide Ladybug with the expertise the company needs to break into
the U.S. market.
For more information on BridgeComposites, CloudBack, Ladybug
Teknologies or other incubator firms, contact the UB Technology
Incubator at 716-645-8128.
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York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
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