The Entrepreneurship Law Center (e-Law Center) provides legal services to entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready or able to engage outside legal counsel.
The e-Law 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 e-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.
Services include, but are not limited to:
· Entity selection and formation
· Intellectual property (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and licensing)
· Social enterprises
· Commercial contracts
· Small business advice and counseling
· Hiring and employment matters
· Ethics/conflicts of interest/governance
Q: Who will the Entrepreneurship Law Center serve?
A: 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 and Kaleida Health. 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.
Q: What services will the Entrepreneurship Law Center provide?
A: 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.
Q: What are the costs for companies participating in the Entrepreneurship Law Center?
A: 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.
Q: How do I access services at the Entrepreneurship Law Center?
A: Interested companies and entrepreneurs should submit an application here.
Q: Who will work with my company at the Entrepreneurship Law Center?
A: 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.
Q: Does the Entrepreneurship Law Center have an office?
A: 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.
Q: When will the Entrepreneurship Law Center be open?
A: It is expected that the Entrepreneurship Law Center will officially open starting in the spring semester of 2019.
Q: What are the objectives of the Entrepreneurship Law Center?
A: There are four primary objectives of the Entrepreneurship Law Center:
1. Experiential Learning. To provide challenging experiential learning which provides students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking and practical research, drafting and client management skills with the ultimate goal of training professional service providers for a growing startup ecosystem.
2. Excellence in Service. Students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship Law Center will work to provide quality services to participating businesses in conjunction with leading practitioners.
3. Economic Impact. While this goal does not lend itself to student learning outcomes, it remains an important goal of the Entrepreneurship Law Center and guides our strategy for the program. A thriving entrepreneurship community helps create sustainable economic development and opportunities for those in our community.
4. Accelerating Minority & Women Enterprises. The e-Law Center will support minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), and conduct research and application around breaking the barriers of traditional venture investing. In doing so, the program will accelerate MWBEs with a particular focus on high growth companies.
Q: Who do I contact if I still have questions?
A: Please contact:
Matthew K. Pelkey, Esq.
Entrepreneurship Law Center
725 John Lord O’Brian Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260