Innovation Sprints

Students participating in an Innovation Sprint.

Innovation Sprints provide an opportunity to work on an organizational challenge in a collaborative environment.

Check back soon for 2023 dates and deadlines!

How can I get involved?


If you're a student, participating in an innovation sprint is a great way to meet other like-minded individuals and improve both your problem-solving and teamwork skills. Registrants form teams during the event, allowing for diverse groups with varying discipline specific knowledge and expertise. Work together to ideate and propose a solution to the event's specific challenge statement. Ultimately, each team will pitch to the organization's leadership in hopes that they might implement the idea. All participating teams have the opportunity to network with WNY business people and the potential to win prizes.


If you're from a local business or organization, consider partnering with Blackstone LaunchPad to sponsor an innovation sprint.  You'll have the opportunity to propose a current challenge to students and faculty from a variety of disciplines - and they'll work to create a solution tailored to your specifications. Innovation sprints provide perspective from an objective group, a new way to problem solve and a forum to promote your business values to potential interns or recruits.

Past Partners

  • Praxair
  • Rich Products
  • Statdash
  • Univera Healthcare
  • UB's Center for Successful Aging