Teaching Entrepreneurship

A faculty member speaks in front of a group of students inside the Blackstone LaunchPad office.

Entrepreneurship in the Classroom

UB offers several courses that foster the development of entrepreneurial skills and mindsets.

* The Entrepreneurship Lab is a hands-on, 3-credit course that equips students from all disciplines and degree programs with the skills to develop, launch and manage a successful new venture. eLab is for students who have entrepreneurial ideas but need help developing them prior to venture creation. Teams (if needed) should be formed before students enroll in the course.

Connecting Our Campus to the Western New York Entrepreneurial Network

The University at Buffalo plays an integral role in furthering the economic development of Western New York. Blackstone LaunchPad is committed to partnering with businesses and organizations in the community to develop entrepreneurial programming, promote outside events and encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in our region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are here to help the UB community connect with local partners and to make it easier for companies to access the talent found at our university.

Insyte Consulting

Insyte Consulting offers customized solutions for manufacturing and technology companies. Through a partnership with SBIR/STTR, Insyte Consulting has resources to help you with your research and development needs.

Launch NY

Launch NY is a great resource for helping New York entrepreneurs to stay connected, find a mentor and get investment advice. Discover how Launch NY is creating new companies and helping emerging companies succeed.


MedTech is an active organization for bioscience, pharmaceutical and medical technology companies. Get the tools you need to advance your business and develop relationships to take your company or career to the next level.

Pre-Seed Workshop

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 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive program that encourages small businesses to engage in federal research and research and development that have the potential for commercialization. The SBIR funding program is structured in three phases.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena, bridging the gap between basic science and the commercialization of resulting innovations. In the phase I and phase II stages, small businesses are required to formally collaborate with a research institution.


SCORE is a small business counseling organization. Since 1964, SCORE’s experienced business mentors have been providing general advice on every aspect of business planning, launching, management and growth.

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs)

Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide a great range of technical assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. SBDCs support business growth and sustainability and enhancing the creation of new businesses entities, thereby fostering local and regional economic development through job creation and retention.