Here is how you develop a network of resources—at UB and beyond.
Advancing entrepreneurship is vital to invigorating the university, the surrounding community and the greater Western New York economy. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to launch human potential, inspire innovation, produce jobs and generate wealth. Designed by and for entrepreneurs, the CEL is based on proven principles, centered on best and next practices and backed by the thought leadership of the UB School of Management.
The CEL offers programs to grow your business, develop connections with the business community and provide advice from successful entrepreneurs. These include:
The Pre-Seed Workshop is a community event in which teams build companies over the course of two and a half days. Community experts in such industries as tech, legal, business and finance come together to determine the viability of new startup concepts with a focus on commercializing hard-science technologies.
Here is how it works: Highly skilled professionals are preassigned to work with academic researchers who have patented inventions. Participants are divided teams that are balanced based on team members’ talents—just like a real startup. Teams are led through a series of structured hands-on sessions where they investigate and transform technologies with the potential to be commercialized into pre-seed stage companies. Teams leave the workshop with a basic commercialization plan for a new startup.
The Buffalo Student Sandbox is a summer accelerator for scalable, disruptive ventures led by college and graduate students. The nine-week accelerator program supports promising teams of student entrepreneurs and provides them with seed funding, stipends and mentors as they compete for cash prizes. Learn more about the Student Sandbox.
The University Libraries has educational resources and reference materials related to patents, trademarks, venture support and more. Learn more about the UB Libraries.
The UB Technology Transfer office facilitates the transfer of UB discoveries into enterprises that create value and provide products and services that benefit the public good. Technology Transfer collaborates with UB’s economic development-focused organizations to foster partnerships between UB and the business community and can assist you with:
The WNY Incubation Network is a collaborative network of incubators and entrepreneurial service providers across Western New York that are working together to turn our region into a hub of entrepreneurial activity. WIN collaborators share best practices and networking, mentoring, educational and financial resources to better assist incubator client companies. Because starting a business is never easy, but access to the right tools can make a difference. Learn more about the WNY Incubator Network.
43North is the world’s largest business idea competition and part of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Buffalo Billion initiative, which is driving new economic opportunities throughout Buffalo and Western New York. 43North administers $5 million in cash prizes each year to some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and startups from around the globe. Learn more about 43North.
Buffalo Startup Weekend is presented by a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams and launch startups. This event is the kickoff to 43North week in late October. Learn more about Buffalo Startup Weekend.
Startup Grind Buffalo is local community of entrepreneurs who come together to promote and support venture creation through events, media and strategic partnerships. Through monthly programming and events that feature local founders, educators and investors, Buffalo-based entrepreneurs can connect with the startup ecosystem in Western New York as they find mentorship, connect to partners and hires, pursue funding and more. Learn more about Startup Grind.
Z80 an Internet-focused technology incubator whose mission is to empower entrepreneurs to build innovative tech companies in Buffalo. Z80 invites startups to locate in Z80 Labs, where they’re supported with office space, programming, mentorships, advice and more. Learn more about Z80.