The Entrepreneurship Law Center provides legal services to entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready or able to engage outside legal counsel.
The Center provides quality services to businesses and early-stage, high-growth ventures in conjunction with leading practitioners and law firms. Students enrolled in UB’s Law Center Practicum participate in experiential learning by working closely with attorneys and business leaders to develop an in-depth knowledge of the many challenges unique to entrepreneurs.
We strive to support economic development efforts in Western New York by cultivating entrepreneurship and innovation. We help create a thriving entrepreneurship community by providing complimentary legal services to early-stage startups, most of which stem from innovations generated at UB or at one of its partners on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
The Center also works to aid minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs) with a particular focus on high-growth companies.
The center will serve student and faculty startups and entrepreneurs at the University at Buffalo and partnering organizations Roswell Park Comprehensive Care Center, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Insitute, the Jacobs Institute, Kaleida Health and the Western New York Incubator Network (WIN). Companies should be early stage (pre-financing) in need of assistance with legal matters and are either unable to afford or not ready for traditional legal services.
The Entrepreneurship Law Center will offer a range of services for startups including but not limited to, formation options, corporate governance, employment matters, shareholders agreements, non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property matters including copyright and trademark filing and trade secret protection, licensing, vendor and customer contracts, investor finance, employee stock incentive plans, MWBE certification, privacy policies and terms of service, regulatory guidance, and general subject matter research.
Companies and founders will be responsible for covering the actual costs incurred with providing services. This may include, but not be limited to, filing fees with New York State Agencies, copying costs, USPTO fees, etc.
Interested companies and entrepreneurs should submit an application here.
Local practitioners along with students who are participating in the program’s practicum will work with participants who are accepted to the Entrepreneurship Law Center.
The Entrepreneurship Law Center is currently operating out of 725 O’Brian Hall located at the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst, New York.
There are four primary objectives of the Entrepreneurship Law Center:
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