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UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars is seeking applicants to take part in the Inclusive Autonomous Vehicle Design Challenge.

The staff members will chair working groups focused on developing plans for implementing the 10 key strategies for achieving climate neutrality by 2030.


At She Started IT on March 7, participants will meet with women who are entrepreneurs and professionals in the tech sector.

Girls who dream of becoming information technology whizzes or starting a business will have the chance to learn from more than a dozen women who have succeeded at doing just that at She Started IT, an event designed to inspire and encourage girls to pursue careers in those fields.

Participants in the Aging Innovation Challenge developed prototype products and hacked the issues that aging New Yorkers face every day.


The appointment, which comes after an international search, is effective immediately.


The longtime UB faculty member and administrator takes the reins as the university's second-ranking officer after an international search.


A campuswide food drive is being held next week for the virtual food pantry that helps students who have trouble accessing affordable food.

Previous Years' Headlines


‘Hacking Our World’ 12/13/18 UB Sustainability is bringing three competitions to campus that will offer students the chance to take on some of the region’s and the world’s most pressing problems.

UB team makes finals of statewide competition 12/6/18 An innovative stroke recovery system landed the UB team in the finals of the Aging Innovation Challenge.

Keeping student entrepreneurs in WNY 11/26/18 UB graduates from outside the region are staying to pursue entrepreneurship, thanks to Buffalo’s thriving startup economy.

Buffalo’s thriving startup economy keeps student entrepreneurs in WNY 11/19/18 UB graduates from outside the region are staying to pursue entrepreneurship.

Space advocate returns to UB 11/16/18 UB alum and entrepreneur Bradley Cheetham came back to campus to share best practices for starting and maintaining a successful business.

Festival targets entrepreneurs 9/19/18 Want to be an entrepreneur or work with a startup? UB is hosting an event that will show faculty, staff and students how they can get involved.

Bringing disciplines together for social change 8/15/18 The Social Impact Fellows program pairs MBA and MSW students to develop solutions to social issues facing our region.

Sandbox winners 8/9/18

Innovative solutions at World’s Challenge Challenge  5/24/18 A proposal addressing solid waste management through an innovative approach to adolescent education will represent UB in the finals.

Developing students' startup ideas 5/16/18 The Inclusive Launch program helps female students and students with diverse backgrounds embrace the idea of entrepreneurship.

Turning ideas into action 5/10/18 The 2018 class of Champions for Change will present their ideas for sustainable development in WNY at a summit on May 12.

2018 class of UB Champions for Change will present their ideas Saturday 5/9/18 Idea Summit will celebrate the work of the fourth class of Champions for Change, a program that, through a series of workshops, teaches participants how to turn their ideas into action and implement sustainable development in Western New York.

Panasci winners top state competition 5/8/18 Bitcrusher takes first place in the New York Business Plan Competition for its technology that integrates digital sound effects into guitars.  

SLICE Award winners announced 5/2/18 All four of the winners of this year’s Sustainability, Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement Awards are women.

Guitar technology wins Panasci contest 4/11/18 Two UB students take first place for developing a technology that integrates digital sound effects directly into guitars.

Challenge winners 4/6/18

WNY girls invited to spend a Saturday with fellow techies, entrepreneurs 4/4/18 Girls with an interest in technology and entrepreneurship will have the chance to spend the day with likeminded souls at Girls Get IT, a free public event organized by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB.

Girls Get IT: WNY girls invited to spend a Saturday with fellow techies, entrepreneurs 4/3/18 The free April 14th event includes a documentary screening, demos, lunch and a conversation with female founders of local tech firms.

UB to celebrate Sustainability Month 3/26/18 Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are forming the framework for UB's events and activities.

Boiling down the best of doctoral research 3/14/18 Participants in the Three Minute Thesis competition proved that it's possible to explain complicated research in a brief — and interesting — way.

Blackstone and Techstars partner to support student entrepreneurs globally 3/9/18 Leading programs team up to build the largest global network of college entrepreneurs.

Win prizes for ideas to help the aging 3/6/18 UB innovators can take part in a pitch contest to win up to $2,000 for ideas to help older adults stay in their homes.

The rise of Athenex 2/22/18 The story of how an entrepreneurial UB faculty member partnered with the university to grow one of Buffalo’s most prominent biotech firms.

The rise of Athenex: From sharing a UB lab to going public as a global corporation 2/21/18 How an entrepreneurial faculty member partnered with UB to grow one of Buffalo’s most prominent biotech firms.

Info session set for $30,000 World’s Challenge Challenge 2/12/18 UB students, think you’ve got a unique solution to a global problem? If so, stop by an informational session on Feb. 12 and learn about the World’s Challenge Challenge and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

WNY a learning lab for prosperity fellows 1/30/18 Participants spent a week gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Media Advisory: Buffalo, Southern Tier to serve as learning lab for UB students committed to staying in the region 1/22/18 Week-long seminar includes tours and meetings with entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and other change-makers in WNY.

Promoting literacy with The Book Fairy 1/3/18 UB staffer Melanie Bunch is continuing her late cousin's legacy by encouraging kids to read every day.


Entrepreneurship Week 11/13/17 Competition is part of a weeklong series of events hosted by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB.

Entrepreneurship events set 11/13/17 It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, and UB’s Blackstone Launchpad will join millions of people around the world in celebrating with a series of fun and useful events.

Presidential series to focus on research universities 11/7/17 “Critical Conversations” will host AAU President Mary Sue Coleman for events reflecting on why research universities matter.

UB to hold inaugural Entrepreneurs Festival  9/12/17 The goal of the event, hosted by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, is to inspire students to start a business.

UB’s first annual Entrepreneurs Festival is Thursday 9/12/17 Goal is to let students know about the help available and to inspire them to start a business.

Creating social innovation in WNY 8/15/17 UB's Social Impact Fellows are addressing the needs of foster youth and other critical issues.

Students travel to Tanzania for social innovation course 7/12/17 A small group of UB undergraduates committed to discovering and developing new avenues of social change will travel to Tanzania on July 15 as part of an intensive, experiential, social innovation and marketing course.

UB announces 2017-18 WNY Prosperity Fellows 6/19/17 Twenty-five UB students will receive $25,000 in scholarship and internship support through fellowship program made possible by the Prentice Family Foundation.

UB students making a social impact 6/15/17 Management and social work students collaborate on ideas to tackle a social issue facing the community as part of a new fellowship program.

eLab launches five new startups 5/24/17 Winners each receive a $6,000 prize, shared space at UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships and mentorship and other professional services.

UB team takes second in Erie Hack 5/11/17 An idea for an underwater WiFi network to detect algae blooms earns the ExtremeComms Lab team of engineering students $15,000.

UB teams advance to ErieHack finals 5/2/17 Some $100,000 in prizes will be awarded at the tech-based contest that aims to find solutions to issues affecting the future of Lake Erie.

Sharing knowledge — in 3 minutes 4/18/17 The 3MT Competition aimed to help PhD candidates hone their presentation skills and communicate their research to a broad audience.

Hydrogen fuel technology powers Panasci win 4/13/17 A team led by a UB PhD student takes first place in the annual contest to facilitate and promote commercialization of UB-generated technologies.

A shockingly new leadership style has come to D.C., and in the long run, there likely will be serious negative consequences, says expert on leadership and team effectiveness  4/12/17 An authoritarian style does not work best when it comes to complex, dynamic environments, says UB's Paul Tesluk.

UB teams advance to ErieHack semifinals 4/7/17 UB students are part of three teams moving on in the tech competition aimed at solving some of Lake Erie’s biggest challenges.

Vote for your favorite at 3MT finals 4/3/17 The finals of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition are happening this week, and members of the UB campus community will have a chance to vote for their favorite project.

ErieHack pitches set for April 4 3/30/17 Members of the UB campus community are invited to attend the first round of selection for Buffalo-based teams registered for ErieHack 2017.

Author Seth Godin to keynote CLOE event 3/28/17 The Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness' conference will focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship.

UB to hold Women in STEM Summit 3/23/17 The keynote speaker at UB's annual conference will offer advice for women pursuing STEM careers.

UB students create storage company to solve summer storage dilemmas 3/06/17 Students compete in Panasci competition with company that allows students to rent or lease storage space.

ErieHack info session set for Feb. 28 2/23/17 Members of the UB community who want to learn more about the regional ErieHack competition are invited to attend an information session from 2-5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the South Lake Community Center, North Campus.

You've got research; can you explain it? 2/21/17 The new 3MT PhD pitch competition seeks to help researchers communicate their work to others.

Sure you’ve got research, but can you explain it to people? 2/17/17 PhD pitch competition seeks to help researchers communicate their work to others.

‘Hacking’ Lake Erie 2/9/17 The ErieHack competition and accelerator program aims to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest problems.

Saving family history with a smartphone 1/13/17 Student startup MemoryFox allows people to interview family members and store the recordings using a smartphone.

Saving your family history through curated interviews 1/11/17 Student startup MemoryFox makes it possible with your smartphone.


Participants sought for global contest 10/28/16 The World’s Challenge Challenge gives students a chance to win $30,000 by proposing solutions to pressing global problems.

UB to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than a dozen events 10/27/16 Activities range from a tour of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to workshops on securing venture capital and making the perfect pitch.

Entrepreneurship focus of events 10/24/16 Global Entrepreneurship Week offers entrepreneurs the chance to network and advance their business ideas.

Management entrepreneur honored at Forbes Under 30 Summit 10/24/16 A UB MArchitecture/MBA student was recognized at the 2016 Blackstone Launchpad Under 30 Showcase, part of the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston.

Free workshops for entrepreneurs 9/14/16 The free sessions sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB aim to lay the foundation for people to become entrepreneurs.

UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad to host free workshops for entrepreneurs 9/13/16 Highlights include a visit from Buffalo native Erin Bagwell, producer of the acclaimed documentary ‘Dream, Girl’.

Cyclovia cycling, street fair to be held on Aug. 28. 8/25/16 UB faculty and staff are invited to take part in Cyclovia at UB, a free cycling and street festival taking place on Sunday as part of Opening Weekend activities.

Virtual reality surgery simulation company wins Buffalo Student Sandbox 8/5/16 The summer competition is run by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB and the Western New York Incubator Network.

Surgery simulation startup wins contest 8/5/16 Virtual SurgerySIM, a company led by an Ontario PhD student, took the top prize at this year’s Buffalo Student Sandbox.

Lemonade anyone? 8/3/16

Deadline extended for problem-solving contest 8/2/16 The deadline has been extended to Aug. 8 for faculty and staff who want to enter Blackstone LaunchPad’s contest for improving life at UB.

Got a problem on campus? Pitch a solution and win prizes 7/14/16 If you’ve ever had an idea for improving life at UB, this is the contest for you.

Imagining the stadium of the future 7/1/16 UB students dreamed up futuristic and convenient guest amenities at a 24-hour pop-up hackathon.

Summer in the sandbox 6/22/16 UB-led program pays students to grow their startups.

All systems go for Blackstone LaunchPad in Buffalo 3/7/16 UB officially unveiled Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, a hands-on learning program created by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation that is designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

Ulbrich named executive director of Blackstone LaunchPad at UB 2/29/16 Tom Ulbrich, an assistant dean in the School of Management and executive director of its Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), has been appointed executive director of the new Blackstone LaunchPad at UB.