Resources at UB

UB offers myriad programs and resources to help in various stages of venture creation, whether it’s getting your idea off the ground or helping to grow an already existing business.

Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund

The Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund supports commercializing the discoveries and inventions of UB faculty. The fund is used to finance prototype development, proof-of-concept studies and other research that will advance UB faculty inventions and translate them into useful products and treatments that benefit society.

Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL)

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:


Under the START-UP NY program, you can operate your business tax-free for 10 years if you establish a new business in, expand in, or relocate to New York State. If you qualify, your employees will pay no state personal income taxes. UB can help you navigate the program’s benefits.

Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR)

The Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence (SPIR) fills a critical gap in existing state industrial assistance programs by providing technically advanced multidisciplinary assistance and helping companies improve market posture, employee retention and job creation. The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) is the regional administrator of SPIR and works to connect corporate partners with UB engineers.

The Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE)

Committed to cultivating strong and sustainable businesses, TCIE connects the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences with public and private businesses, enabling them to survive and thrive. TCIE provides results-oriented technical assistance, consulting and training for sustainable operational improvements.

UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT)

UB CAT operates within the New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), providing opportunity and infrastructure linking academic research with commercial interests. The center provides project cost-share backing for research and development activities that include a UB researcher and a company with clear project deliverables that have significant capability for economic impact.

UB Technology Transfer

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:

  • Patent applications.
  • Preliminary business plans for patent-pending technologies.
  • Access to UB technology incubators.
  • Direction to appropriate resources for entrepreneurs of startup companies.