Entrepreneurial Programs

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UB and its resources strengthen the region's entrepreneurial ecosystem and improve the climate for business innovation.

The UB Incubators, the School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), and the New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) lead the way. They support entrepreneurship programs across the spectrum for students, faculty and industry.

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Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL)

The CEL Core program aims to enhance the talents and abilities of practicing entrepreneurs. The mentor-driven program empowers entrepreneurs to overcome business challenges, create new opportunities and develop meaningful connections within the local business community.

The Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program creates opportunities for individuals leading minority-owned and women-owned enterprises into advanced stages of development. Its mission is to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to move their companies to the next stage of development.

Startup CEL provides specialized support and guidance for companies in their early stages. The program helps these start-up companies build more effective leadership teams and better navigate the complex pathway to commercializing their products, service or technology.

High-Tech CEL provides support and guidance to key team members of early-stage and established companies pursuing the high-tech and life sciences commercialization pathway. The program offers the opportunity to learn from established entrepreneurs, business experts, and industry insiders, such as angel investors and venture capitalists. 

Pre-Seed Workshop

Moving Real Ideas Towards Real Companies

The Pre-Seed Workshop is an efficient way to give a large number of high-tech ideas a solid entrée into the pre-seed stage (and vet ideas that possibly shouldn't advance). The workshop brings together idea champions, entrepreneurial coaches and content experts. During two days of interactive sessions, the participants move several high-tech ideas from concept to the pre-seed business stage.

WNY Incubator Network

Innovate. Incubate. Accelerate.

The WNY Incubator Network (WIN) is a collaborative network of incubators and entrepreneurial service providers from across Western New York, working together to turn our region into a hotbed of entrepreneurial activity. The WIN collaborators share best practices, networking, mentoring, educational and financial resources to better assist incubator client companies.

Directed Energy

Building Successful Energy Companies in Western NY by Coordinating Regional Assets

Directed Energy facilitates the growth of an alternative energy technology and business cluster in Western New York. This NYSERDA-funded program is managed by the University at Buffalo Incubators and is a partnership of many technology and business assets in the western end of New York State.

MFC Entrepreneurship Certificate

Build Your Future... Transform Your Life

Millard Fillmore College offers a program in entrepreneurship for persons interested in starting a small business or a new enterprise within an existing organization. The Certificate of Completion program emphasizes activities necessary for achieving success and ways of performing these activities with limited resources. 

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