Attention student-run ventures: Apply for the opportunity to work on your startup! Buffalo Student Sandbox invites you to spend the semester—fall, spring, or summer— with us immersed in your idea, working alongside seasoned mentors, experienced entrepreneurs and big thinkers.
If accepted, you’ll work with a venture coach and attend eight weeks of facilitated learning sessions based on an entrepreneurial curriculum. At the end of the semester, you will pitch your idea for the chance to win additional resources.
Accepted teams will also have access to the Blackstone LaunchPad at UB. There, you’ll meet other people who are motivated to launch their idea, and, where appropriate, make connections with experienced entrepreneurs who can help you along the way.
Visit our online application to apply. Applications now being accepted for Fall 2018.
Tuesdays, October 2nd to December 4th, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Blackstone LaunchPad, 220 Student Union, North Campus
For a select group of talented student entrepreneurs, we are turning the idea of a typical class on its head. In place of an ordinary class, participants will compete for resources as they launch a business. Along the way, we’ll connect you to mentors and other stakeholders from across WNY. The program will end with a Pitch Day, where you’ll compete for additional resources.
Buffalo Student Sandbox is accepting applications from teams led by current undergrad or graduate students and students who graduated between 2015 and 2017. It is required that your CEO meet these criteria.
If you’re planning to be in town during the summer, please apply!
If you’re planning to be during the summer, please apply!
We are looking for scalable, student-run ventures from any industry. Applicant companies should be well-rounded with great teams; strong, thoughtful ideas; and the ability to execute them. Applicants will be selected based upon their overall commercial and/or disruptive potential. Triple bottom line and social ventures will also be considered, but must be able to demonstrate sustainability, and again, must demonstrate significant potential.
No. We encourage all student-based startups to apply.
The program is a class that runs over six weeks on Fridays from 1:00-3:00pm.
No. Buffalo Student Sandbox will be both fun and demanding. You will be pushed to work harder, stretch the limits of your comfort zone and build a market-facing, customer-driven company. Your evaluation will be the success you achieve. If you are looking for a passive experience, this is not the program for you.
Teams that attend all classes and meet all requirements have a chance to compete for additional resources at the end of the semester.
Monetary resources will be subject to taxes.
No. Your team retains full ownership of the venture.
Please visit our online application to apply. The applications should be completed by your company CEO on behalf of the team; just one application for the whole team is needed.
The application deadline is May 16, 2018.
No, we do not require that applicants will have completed formation before the program begins.
As many as you wish. Usually, a team of 3 to 5 people is adequate.
Our experience shows that teams are far more successful in starting businesses than individuals, but you may apply as a one-person team.
Please apply with only one team.
We don’t babysit, but we do require you to be present for all classes and to be committed and working on your venture consistently over the eight weeks of the program. You are expected to manage yourself and budget your time to keep your venture’s development moving forward.
No. Students of all majors and concentrations, from all schools, are encouraged to apply. Whether or not you’ve participated in Panasci, eLab, Student2Biz, Startup Weekend or any other program, we encourage you to apply.