Blackstone LaunchPad @ UB in the News


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


The online food pantry service began with a soft launch in April and has been fully operational since the beginning of the fall semester.


Entrepreneurs get a boost at the Ignite Buffalo Small Business Summer School, a collaboration between UB, 43North and the BNMC.


The fellowships are awarded to college and graduate students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York.


Each fellow is awarded up to $25,000 in scholarship and internship support for an academic year.


Students, staff and faculty will take part in activities hosted by UB from Sept. 16-24.


A. Scott Weber will continue to serve as vice president for student life while a national search is conducted to identify a successor to Charles F. Zukoski.


The program places student teams at mission-driven organizations to develop innovative solutions to social issues impacting Western New York.


The two teams of UB entrepreneurs started new companies to solve problems they have experienced firsthand in the music and medical industries.


The entrepreneurs recently took home third-place prizes in a statewide business plan competition.


UB students' sustainable burger alternative impresses judges at the World's Challenge Challenge Global Finals.


Two UB-affiliated teams are set to compete June 5 in Detroit in the semifinals of ErieHack 2.0, an innovative water-solutions competition.


A student team’s idea for a ‘bug burger’ won the $3,000 grand prize at UB’s World’s Challenge Challenge.


Reverse Pitch lets students sit back, relax and listen to one of eight 43North companies tell them why they should work for that organization.


A doctoral student’s proposal for a liver transplant alternative won the  prestigious entrepreneurship competition.


She Started IT takes place April 13, giving girls the opportunity to meet with women in the tech and startup world.

Want to inspire girls to explore careers in computing, tech and entrepreneurship?
An upcoming event will reverse the usual format of a career fair, with 43North companies pitching themselves to UB students instead of the other way around.

UB students pitched their ideas for solving a real-world problem — increasing attendance at Buffalo Beauts' games — at a special Innovation Sprint.


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.


An innovative stroke recovery system landed the UB team in the finals of the Aging Innovation Challenge.


UB graduates from outside the region are staying to pursue entrepreneurship, thanks to Buffalo’s thriving startup economy.


UB alum and entrepreneur Bradley Cheetham came back to campus to share best practices for starting and maintaining a successful business.


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.


The Social Impact Fellows program pairs MBA and MSW students to develop solutions to social issues facing our region.


A proposal addressing solid waste management through an innovative approach to adolescent education will represent UB in the finals.


The Inclusive Launch program helps female students and students with diverse backgrounds embrace the idea of entrepreneurship.


The 2018 class of Champions for Change will present their ideas for sustainable development in WNY at a summit on May 12.


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.


Bitcrusher takes first place in the New York Business Plan Competition for its technology that integrates digital sound effects into guitars.  


All four of the winners of this year’s Sustainability, Leadership, Innovation and Collaborative Engagement Awards are women.


Two UB students take first place for developing a technology that integrates digital sound effects directly into guitars.

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.

The free April 14th event includes a documentary screening, demos, lunch and a conversation with female founders of local tech firms.


Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are forming the framework for UB's events and activities.


Participants in the Three Minute Thesis competition proved that it's possible to explain complicated research in a brief — and interesting — way.


Leading programs team up to build the largest global network of college entrepreneurs.


UB innovators can take part in a pitch contest to win up to $2,000 for ideas to help older adulsts stay in their homes.


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


How an entrepreneurial faculty member partnered with UB to grow one of Buffalo’s most prominent biotech firms.

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.

Participants spent a week gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the region.


Weeklong seminar includes tours and meetings with entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders and other change-makers in WNY.


UB staffer Melanie Bunch is continuing her late cousin's legacy by encouraging kids to read every day.


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.


“Critical Conversations” will host AAU President Mary Sue Coleman for events reflecting on why research universities matter.

Nearly 4,000 prospective students and their family members attended UB’s 360 Open House on Oct. 21, an increase in attendance from last year’s fall open house, admissions officials say, and an indication of students’ growing interest in UB.

UB jumped 30 spots to tie for 117th overall among 1,000 ranked U.S. institutions in the latest rankings by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.


UB tied for 117th overall among U.S. colleges and universities — the highest rating of any SUNY nstitution — according to the 2018 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.


A new recruitment approach and brand and identity strategy are fueling an increase in applications.


A new brand strategy and approach to student recruitment have helped UB enroll a record 4,045 first-year students this fall, the largest freshman class in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.


The goal of the event, hosted by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB, is to inspire students to start a business.


Goal is to let students know about the help available and to inspire them to start a business.


UB will greet incoming students with a variety of programs designed to get them off to a strong start when classes begin on Monday.


UB's Social Impact Fellows are addressing the needs of foster youth and other critical issues.


Seven UB students committed to social change are traveling to the African country as part of an experiential learning course.


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.


Twenty-five UB students will receive $25,000 in scholarship and internship support through fellowship program made possible by the Prentice Family Foundation.


Management and social work students collaborate on ideas to tackle a social issue facing the community as part of a new fellowship program.


Winners each receive a $6,000 prize, shared space at UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships and mentorship and other professional services.


An idea for an underwater WiFi network to detect algae blooms earns the ExtremeComms Lab team of engineering students $15,000.


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.


The 3MT Competition aimed to help PhD candidates hone their presentation skills and communicate their research to a broad audience.


A team led by a UB PhD student takes first place in the annual contest to facilitate and promote commercialization of UB-generated technologies.


UB students are part of three teams moving on in the tech competition aimed at solving some of Lake Erie’s biggest challenges.

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.
Members of the UB campus community are invited to attend the first round of selection for Buffalo-based teams registered for ErieHack 2017.

The Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness' conference will focus on social innovation and entrepreneurship.


The keynote speaker at UB's annual conference will offer advice for women pursuing STEM careers.

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.

The new 3MT PhD pitch competition seeks to help researchers communicate their work to others.


PhD pitch competition seeks to help researchers communicate their work to others.


The ErieHack competition and accelerator program aims to generate creative solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest problems.


Student startup MemoryFox allows people to interview family members and store the recordings using a smartphone.


A. Scott Weber has been named UB’s vice president for student life after a very successful tenure as the university’s vice provost and dean of undergraduate education and, more recently, as senior vice provost for academic affairs.


Scott Weber's new role comes after a successful tenure leading UB's academic service units and programs that support the academic experience.


The World’s Challenge Challenge gives students a chance to win $30,000 by proposing solutions to pressing global problems.


Activities range from a tour of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus to workshops on securing venture capital and making the perfect pitch.


Global Entrepreneurship Week offers entrepreneurs the chance to network and advance their business ideas.


The free sessions sponsored by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB aim to lay the foundation for people to become entrepreneurs.


Highlights include a visit from Buffalo native Erin Bagwell, producer of the acclaimed documentary ‘Dream, Girl’.

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.

UB welcomes new students to campus with a variety of fun-filled activities and informative programs.


The summer competition is run by Blackstone LaunchPad at UB and the Western New York Incubator Network.


Virtual SurgerySIM, a company led by an Ontario PhD student, took the top prize at this year’s Buffalo Student Sandbox.

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.
If you’ve ever had an idea for improving life at UB, this is the contest for you.

UB students dreamed up futuristic and convenient guest amenities at a 24-hour pop-up hackathon.


UB-led program pays students to grow their startups.


UB-led program pays students to grow their startups.


Eight faculty members and 10 staff members have been named recipients of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.


A startup that makes and sells self-piloting technology and automation tools to ship operators took the top prize in the Panasci TEC.