Startup Week - September 16-23, 2022

We're celebrating UB’s Entrepreneurial Spirit with Startup Week September 16- 23, 2022. A celebration of UB’s and the region's innovation and startup ecosystem, with five days of events, all free of charge.

Get to know the community, and learn from and connect with entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, investors, and other innovation leaders. This is a conference and celebratory experience located on and off campus, as well as virtually. With free food and great networking, we hope that you will join us!

2022 UB Startup Week Events

Startup Boot Camp | Friday, September 16 - Sunday, September 18, various times & locations

Embrace your inner entrepreneurial spirit in this 3-day experience -- meet and expand your network, explore the Buffalo Startup scene, learn to avoid the mistakes that stop so many founders short, and ask for help in a way that gets you the access you need. 

Pitch-off Improv | Mon., Sept. 19, 10 a.m. - noon, One World Café

90-second pitch about an idea or business students imagine based on a grab bag of props presented.

Non-linear journey, The Path of an Entrepreneur | Tue., Sept. 20, 2 - 3 p.m., 210 Student Union

Hosted in partnership with UB Career Design Center, 43North, and Forge Buffalo

Get Seeded! | Tue., Sept. 20, 7 - 8 p.m., 330 Student Union, North Campus

A monthly pitch competition offering seed funding, where the audience votes to invest in ideas presented by University at Buffalo students.

Keynote Presentation with Terry Rice, UB Alumnus and Entrepreneur Magazine Contributor | Wed., Sept. 21, 74-5:30 p.m., Student Union Lobby, North Campus

A raw and authentic interview of an entrepreneur by a University at Buffalo student entrepreneur. 

  • Announce IDEAS Competition: Apply for the virtual Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition for the chance to be one of four University at Buffalo students to win $1,000, and the chance to compete nationally for $10,000.

This is What an Entrepreneur Looks Like, Lemonade Stand | Thurs., Sept. 22, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Harriman Hall (outside weather permitting), South Campus

The lemonade stand, a nod toward that first classic childhood business experiences. The pop-up will promote Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, a program that helps students develop entrepreneurial skills and become innovators. 

Innovate and Caffeinate | Thurs., Sept. 22, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., 220 Student Union, North Campus

A weekly gathering for innovators and makers at the University at Buffalo. Networking is the best way to have your coffee!

Reverse Pitch | Friday, September 23, 4 – 6 p.m., Seneca One, Downtown Buffalo

43North Portfolio Companies will present on their business models, culture, and talent needs in a rapid fire format, followed by time for Q&A and networking with founders.

Hosted in partnership with UB Career Design Center, 43North, and Forge Buffalo

UB Startup Week is hosted by:

 UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad in partnership with UB’s Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships powered by the UB Innovation Hub