Michael Sparks, founder of Stickerlight
UB’s Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab), a small business boot
camp for students, teaches students to be entrepreneurs by helping
them research the market potential, write business plans and pitch
their business ideas to investors.
The investors were a panel of local business leaders and venture
capitalists. The money they were investing comes from a UB
donor-supported fund managed by the university’s Office of
Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR). The 2014
crop of start-ups that secured investments ranging from $5,000 to
- WeStudy, a mobile application that connects college
students with tutors and their peers for academics. Founded by a
senior psychology major, the app is available on iOS and Android
- Emviss, or Electromagnetic Vibration Isolation and
Stabilization System, is a manufacturer of electromagnetic devices
that provide vibration isolation for high-powered microscopes,
cameras and lasers. Founded by a civil engineering doctoral
- Stickerlight, founded by an MBA student, is a
sound-activated, luminescent marketing emblem that artists and DJs
can attach to their laptops.
- B2Y Education, also founded by an MBA student, bridges
the gap between businesses and youth through engaging marketing
- Earth Risk Systems is software that estimates the risks
and damage costs associated with natural disasters. The start-up
was founded by a mechanical engineering doctoral candidate.
- E-Bridge, a college academics-themed mobile app
start-up, founded by a sophomore who hasn’t yet declared a
The Entrepreneurship Lab is a joint effort of UB’s School
of Management, the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Academy and
Earning an A at the end of a college course is nice. But $8,000
for your business is better. When you support UB, you might be
helping to launch the next household name.