BUFFALO, N.Y. – A handful of Buffalo’s most driven
risk-takers will gather Tuesday, Feb. 12, for an entrepreneurship
speaker series hosted by University at Buffalo’s
Entrepreneurship Academy to teach UB students how to hand in
homework by day, and manage a thriving business at night.
The workshop, “From an Idea to a Business: How to Be a
Student Entrepreneur,” will be held at 7 p.m. in Knox 20 on
UB’s North Campus. The lecture is free and open to the
A pre-lecture networking reception at 6 p.m. in Norton Hall,
room 17, aims to link technologically savvy students with their
Featured lecturers are Ansar Khan and James O’Leary, both
former UB students who founded Refulgent Software and developed
“Ambur,” an iPod application that allows waiters to
take orders on an Apple device and wirelessly send the information
to a kitchen printer.
Khan’s and O’Leary’s company now serves more
than 260 clients and generates six-figure annual revenue. Forbes
featured the students last year among a handful of “All-Star
Student Entrepreneurs.” But four years ago, all they had was
an idea and ambition. This is the notion Hadar Borden wants to
drive home to UB students who attend the lecture series.
“If you have an idea or a solution to a problem, this is
possible. You don’t have to be like Mark Zuckerberg,”
says Borden, administrative director of Undergraduate Academies at
UB. “There are people and resources here at UB and in the
Western New York community who will support students if they have
The Entrepreneurship Academy, a program dedicated to preparing
UB students for futures as business owners, is a new addition at
UB, launched last fall as a division of the Undergraduate
Academies. And it has already garnered buzz throughout the campus
and local communities, says Borden. The academy expanded upon its
initial fall enrollment of 40 students with 30 more this
More information about UB’s Entrepreneurship Academy is
available at http://academy.buffalo.edu.
“Entrepreneurship is seen as a way to revitalize Western
New York,” says Borden. “If we can identify students
now who are going to be entrepreneurs, and keep them here, together
we can boost the local economy.”
Entrepreneurial students aspiring to establish a career in
Western New York are encouraged to apply for the Western New York
Prosperity Scholarship, which Borden says offers a great incentive
for students to remain in Buffalo. The need-based scholarship,
offered by the Prentice Family Foundation, may cover as much as
$25,000 of a student’s financial need.
The award is available only to undergraduate and graduate
students enrolled in business, engineering, biomedical sciences or
biotechnology. The deadline for 2013-14 applications is Feb. 15.
For more information on the scholarship, visit http://wnyprosperityscholars.buffalo.edu/index.shtml.