Entrepreneurial Programs

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Participants in the 2015 Pre-Seed Workshop.

UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) is eager to help you accelerate your business plan. No matter what stage you are in as an entrepreneur, we can help grow your ideas. Talk to us today.

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The I-Corps site program at UB provides resources to individuals and teams in the form of seed funding, entrepreneurial mentoring, curriculum, or other assets needed to transition ideas and technology into the marketplace.


Operate your business 100% tax-free for 10 years. This groundbreaking initiative gives companies the opportunity to operate state and local tax-free on (or near) a UB campus.

Bright Buffalo Niagara

Let us help you with your startup or existing business by: 

  • Connecting you with investors so you can pitch your ideas
  • Offering the tools you need to promote investments
  • Introducing you to possible business partners
  • Providing networking activities in life sciences, energy, IT and advanced manufacturing

Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

This competition gives UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines the opportunity to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Buffalo Niagara.

Partner Programs


The world’s largest business idea competition awards $5 million in cash prizes to help companies turn their new business idea into reality. 

Buffalo Angels

If you have a groundbreaking idea, you’ll need an investor to boost your opportunities. 

Insyte Consulting

Find customized solutions for your manufacturing or technology company. Through the partnership with SBIR/STTR, and the Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Insyte Consulting has resources to help you with your R&D needs, process improvement methods and other key factors.

Launch NY

A great resource for entrepreneurs in Upstate New York to stay connected, find a mentor, and get investment advice. Find out how Launch NY is creating jobs and helping emerging companies succeed.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Run by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), these centers have a wealth of resources designed to support small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Upstate Capital Association of New York

This statewide organization can help you find venture capital and private equity investments. 

Western New York Venture Association

Whether you are an investor or an entrepreneur, you can connect with: 

  • Investors seeking opportunities
  • Businesses seeking investment capital
  • Entrepreneurs in need of support


This association helps small businesses, often at no charge or very low cost. Supported by SBA, SCORE is a nonprofit group with a network of more than 11,000 volunteers.