Join a UB Incubator

If you are interested in joining the incubator program, we'd like to hear from you.

Who may qualify for the UB Incubators?

Individuals or Companies applying for membership in the incubator will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • A business model with potential market and an opportunity for the startup to achieve positive cash flow and a sustainable advantage in the marketplace.
  • Founders who:
    • Commit to the growth of the startup in the Western New York region
    • Leverage innovation in their business venture, are  bold thinkers, dreamers and doers.
    • Value diversity, inclusion and equity.  We know that diverse teams bring different ideas and experiences that helps them be more innovative and successful.
    • Will connect and collaborate with other entrepreneurs, UB students, and mentors.
    • Want to pay it forward – hey it takes an ecosystem – while you may need help now, you also have expertise you can offer to help other entrepreneurs
  • Potential to create new jobs in Western New York and/or advance equity in the region
  • The adequacy of the start-up funds that are readily available
  • The impact of the startup’s activities on existing incubator clients
  • Current or interest in collaborating with one or more of the Innovation Hub partners on innovation, technology development, talent (student engagement) and more
    •  University at Buffalo
    • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
    • Kaleida Health
    • Jacobs Institute

What is the application and selection process?

  • From inquiry, the review process will take about 2-3 weeks.  Although it can be complete in days. Much of the process is dependent on your scheduling and response times. Submit an Incubator Inquiry form, or contact Rachel Boruszewski directly at 716.645.1395 raborusz@buffalo.edu.
  • Participate in a meeting with incubator operations and startup team staff members, and tour one or both UB Incubators. The team will ask about your startup – sometimes some hard questions - and you will have the opportunity to learn about incubation and how it may benefit your growth.
  • If incubation looks like a good fit, you will be invited to apply at a secure online portal.
  • Incubator staff will notify you of your acceptance and provide your membership or lease agreement.
  • For dedicated desks/lab space, prior to moving in, your company must show proof that your business carries a general liability insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000 combined single limit for bodily injury or property damage.
  • EPA ID: Clients dealing with hazardous materials must possess an effective U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identification number.
Inquire about Incubator

If interested in incubator space or services, please complete the Incubator Inquiry form and an incubator staff member will contact you soon for next steps.