BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo Technology
Incubator has welcomed two new companies, both of which have
international ties and are interested in gaining a foothold in the
The two new incubator clients are:
- Specialized NDE Inc., a Hamilton, Ontario-based company
that opened its U.S. headquarters at the incubator on Jan. 1. Learn more about Specialized NDE.
- The InVentures Group, which began renting space at the
incubator on Feb. 1 on behalf of InVentures client Nuenz
Ltd., a New Zealand-based firm. Learn more
The incubator, located in Amherst, N.Y., is run by UB’s
Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach
(STOR). The facility assists emerging companies in becoming
independent, thriving businesses. Clients receive services such
- Mentoring. Each client company works one-on-one with a mentor
who has been successful in growing businesses.
- Seminars and training on topics like financial planning and
- Assistance in applying for federal research and development
funding, or connecting with capital sources including banks,
venture capitalists, angel investors and corporate strategic
- Easy access to resources including student interns, technical
experts, library materials and faculty members with relevant
About Specialized NDE:
Specialized NDE Inc. works in the field of non-destructive
evaluation (NDE), using technologies such as high-frequency
ultrasound imaging to test the integrity of welding, aircraft
landing gear, pipelines, gas tanks and more for a variety of
The goal of non-destructive evaluation is exactly as it sounds:
To assess the strength and quality of components without breaking
them, said Eric Kivlin, founding president.
Specialized NDE conducts evaluations, but its main focus is to
consult and train workers from other businesses to perform their
own inspections. The company plans to expand consulting, training
and inspection services from its new incubator office and leverage
the space to grow its U.S. clientele.
Company officials learned about STOR and the incubator through
assistance provided to them by Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE).
BNE helped the company with their site selection process,
workforce, access to incentives and cross-border due
“Specialized NDE’s Canadian headquarters is in a
university-linked innovation park, and being able to replicate that
scenario in the U.S., where they could have the support of an
incubator and be surrounded by entrepreneurs, was a significant
advantage,” said Buffalo Niagara Enterprise President and CEO
Thomas A. Kucharski. “The company was also persuaded by our
geography and access to major markets. They even commented on
the fact that from Buffalo they could fly pretty much anywhere in
the United States with just one connection.”
“The technology incubator was a good fit for us because of
the resources it offers,” Kivlin said. “In addition, we
know that UB has a materials science and engineering program, so
there could be some synergies there for us as well in terms of
research and development.”
About Nuenz Ltd.:
Nuenz Ltd. is a New Zealand-based manufacturer of nanofiber
materials that make other materials stronger, lighter and durable.
The firm’s products can enhance the performance of metals,
ceramics and polymers.
The majority of the company’s customers are in the United
States, and Nuenz is expanding its operations into the U.S. through
a partnership with the InVentures Group, a Western New York-based
venture investing and business advisory firm for early-stage
Under the subsidiary Nuenz Inc., Nuenz will expand its clientele
and more efficiently process and develop materials locally for
clients, rather than send materials back and forth between the U.S.
and New Zealand.
The InVentures Group is assisting Nuenz with process
development, customer identification and strategic planning and is
currently contracted to manage the company’s U.S. operations
and rental space in the UB Technology Incubator. Keith Blakely, CEO
of the InVentures Group, is president of Nuenz Inc.
Blakely, a Western New York native and UB graduate, cites the
chance to work with UB advanced materials researchers as one of
several reasons for joining the UB Technology Incubator.
“UB’s facilities are very flexible in terms of
prices and the work that our staff can do,” says Blakely.
“The proximity to the university, analytical characterization
tools and potential interactions with researchers working with
advanced materials are ideal.”