BUFFALO, N.Y. – Earning an A at the end of a college
course is nice. But $8,000 is better.
A dozen University at Buffalo classmates enrolled in
Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab), a small business boot camp for
students, will pitch their startups to a panel of local business
leaders and investors today (Friday, Jan. 24). The winners will
receive $5,000 to $8,000 in seed funding, mentorship and shared
space in the UB Technology Incubator.
The presentations will be held starting at 9 a.m. at Jacobs
Management Center, room 106, on the North Campus.
Winners will be announced at 12:45 p.m.
The student entrepreneurs will pitch products and services that
- Shoes made of recycled taxi tires
- Software that allows users to view their location-based data
over Google Maps
- Customizable and sound-activated light-up stickers for
- A mobile application that connects students with peers for
- Software that estimates the damage costs and risks of natural
- A student employment agency
eLab is not your traditional course. Open to both undergraduate
and graduate students, the class accelerates the startup process
for participants who already have promising entrepreneurial ideas.
Students spend three weeks during UB’s Winter Session
fine-tuning their business pitches, engaging potential customers
and sizing up target markets.
The course is a joint effort among UB's Entrepreneurship
Academy, School of Management and Office of Science, Technology
Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR).