Student Entrepreneurship Programs

student entrepreneurs at the opening of Blackstone LaunchPad.

Student entrepreneurs are always eager to share their ideas — supported by the many programs and facilities that nurture their entrepreneurial spirit, inlcuding Blackstone LaunchPad.

The university supports a variety of entrepreneurial programs aimed toward current university students and recent graduates.

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Blackstone LaunchPad

Provost Zukowski at Blackstone launch.

Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based entrepreneurship program, accessible by over 630,000 students globally. It's designed to support and mentor students, staff and alumni—regardless of major, experience or discipline.



The Entrepreneurial Lab (eLab) is a 3-credit winter session course designed for UB students with entrepreneurial ideas and plans to turn those concepts into viable business ventures. eLab students compete for Student Entrepreneur Fellowship funding. Most also participate in the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition and the State Business Plan competition after successfully completing this course.

Buffalo Student Sandbox

Buffalo Student Sandbox.

Buffalo Student Sandbox gives talented student-run ventures an opportunity. This summer program provides seed funding, a stipend and the chance to compete for additional resources to start a business. Students have 24-hour access to the dig coworking space, and participate in eight facilitated learning sessions based on Startup CEL. They also interact with other big thinkers, seasoned mentors, experienced entrepreneurs and guest speakers.

Panasci Competition

2015 Winner PhotoZyne.

The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was funded by an alumnus donation and created by the UB School of Management and Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships to encourage student entrepreneurs. Coming from multiple disciplines the students' varied perspectives maximize the potential for turning ideas into viable business concepts and plans.