Business / Entrepreneurs Resources

Academic Courses / Entrepreneurship Training

  • Champions for Change
    4/22/19
    Champions for Change is a practical, project-based, research-intensive course that explores the role of community engagement in community-based planning and design efforts.
  • Cntr. for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core Program
    8/19/21
    The Core Program is CEL’s flagship program and provides entrepreneurs a ten-month journey to assess their professional and personal goals, and work with peers and mentors to create a plan for long-term success and accountability.
  • Experiential Learning Network
    10/23/19
    The world needs doers — graduates who can apply their learning to real-world contexts and challenges, assessing needs and opportunities, and adding value through innovation and collaboration. Your majors and degrees are important, but why stop there? The Experiential Learning Network will help you to customize your education through project-based collaboration.
  • Global Innovation Challenge (GIC)
    4/22/19
    The Global Innovation Challenge brings together students, faculty and community members from various disciplines to learn about and develop strategies to address significant and persistent global health challenges. 
  • Inclusive Launch Foundry Program
    2/27/24
    Inclusive Launch Foundry is an accelerated training and internship program to help students from diverse backgrounds refine business ideas and gain practical experience in a start-up. 
  • Innovation Sprints
    4/22/19
    Innovation Sprints are a monthly challenge for students to find novel solutions to real-world business challenges put forth by a partnering company or organization. 
  • Key Persons Leadership Development Program
    8/19/21
    The Key Persons Leadership Development Program is a fee-based certification program for coaching key persons and developing the next generation of leaders.
  • M&T Bank Emerging Entrepreneurs Program
    1/24/24
    The M&T Bank Emerging Entrepreneurs program is presented by the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and is partially funded with a generous grant from M&T Bank. The program is designed to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to advance their companies to the next stage of development.
  • Mastering Your Financials Class
    8/19/21
    The Mastering Your Financial Reports Program helps business owners and key strategic decision makers understand their financial reports to ensure long-term financial stability and success.

Business Services

Coach / Mentor / Advisor

  • Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars
    4/22/19
    Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars offers resources and tools for students, faculty, staff and alumni that help them consider and jumpstart a career as an entrepreneur.
  • CEL Mastery Program
    8/19/21
    The CEL Mastery Forum is a professionally facilitated group that provides support and guidance for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders. The Forum offers both individual coaching and peer support to support the entrepreneur in finding exponential growth in critical areas of their business and life.
  • Cntr. for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) Core Program
    8/19/21
    The Core Program is CEL’s flagship program and provides entrepreneurs a ten-month journey to assess their professional and personal goals, and work with peers and mentors to create a plan for long-term success and accountability.
  • Cultivator
    1/10/24
    Get up to $100k in pre-seed funding in our early-stage startup program
  • M&T Bank Emerging Entrepreneurs Program
    1/24/24
    The M&T Bank Emerging Entrepreneurs program is presented by the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and is partially funded with a generous grant from M&T Bank. The program is designed to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to advance their companies to the next stage of development.

Competitions

  • Entrepreneurs Festival
    4/22/19
    The Entrepreneurs Festival offers product demos, networking opportunities and a pitch competition.
  • Erie Hack
    4/22/19
    Erie Hack is a data and engineering competition designed to find innovative solutions to Lake Erie's biggest challenges. 

Events / Clubs / Networking

  • Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars
    4/22/19
    Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars offers resources and tools for students, faculty, staff and alumni that help them consider and jumpstart a career as an entrepreneur.
  • Buffalo Startup Weekend
    4/22/19
    Buffalo Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurial students, faculty and alumni to share business ideas, form teams, create prototypes and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs over the course of three days.
  • Entrepreneurs Festival
    4/22/19
    The Entrepreneurs Festival offers product demos, networking opportunities and a pitch competition.
  • Genome Day
    4/22/19
    Genome Day is an annual event that introduces Buffalo Public School eighth grade students to genomics and provides an opportunity to learn about genomic-related careers.
  • How I Built This
    4/22/19
    How I Built This is a monthly fireside interview with a successful local entrepreneur. 
  • Inve[n|s]t
    4/22/19
    UB Inve[n|s]t is a club for innovators at UB that provides a space for team formation, brainstorming, mentoring and connections. 
  • Networking Events
    4/22/19
    Networking events help entrepreneurs connect with like-minded individuals to support development of ideas and ventures. 
  • She Started IT
    4/22/19
    She Started IT is an event that engages 6th to 10th grade female students from across the WNY community, along with UB students, faculty and alumni, to inspire girls to explore careers in computers, technology and entrepreneurship. 
  • Startup Series
    8/19/21
    UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships hosts this series of events to provide information sharing and networking opportunities for technology and life science startup companies.

Funding / Venture Capital / Tax Incentives

Incubator / Coworking Space / Makerspace

Opportunities to Speak, Mentor or Invest

  • Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars
    4/22/19
    Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars offers resources and tools for students, faculty, staff and alumni that help them consider and jumpstart a career as an entrepreneur.
  • Entrepreneurs Festival
    4/22/19
    The Entrepreneurs Festival offers product demos, networking opportunities and a pitch competition.
  • External Expert Network
    11/26/19
    There are many opportunities to get connected and involved with startups and growing the economy. Developing ideas and commercializing from lab to market is our mission. We are actively seeking experts to help support our goals. From Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs), Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and mentors, you can make a difference for startups looking for help from experts, like you. 
  • How I Built This
    4/22/19
    How I Built This is a monthly fireside interview with a successful local entrepreneur. 
  • I-Corps Site Program
    11/6/23
    Transition your technology idea from the lab to the marketplace
  • Inclusive Launch Foundry Program
    2/27/24
    Inclusive Launch Foundry is an accelerated training and internship program to help students from diverse backgrounds refine business ideas and gain practical experience in a start-up. 
  • She Started IT
    4/22/19
    She Started IT is an event that engages 6th to 10th grade female students from across the WNY community, along with UB students, faculty and alumni, to inspire girls to explore careers in computers, technology and entrepreneurship. 
  • Techstars
    4/22/19
    Techstars offers a worldwide network, events, and start-up services to help student entrepreneurs connect with mentors, potential investors and others who can help them successfully launch and grow their business.
  • Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) Pitch Prep
    4/22/19
    A program of the WNY Incubator Network (WIN), Pitch Prep is an in-person and online continuum of programming to help incubator companies learn how to successfully pitch their startup to potential investors.

Programs

  • Buffalo Startup Weekend
    4/22/19
    Buffalo Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurial students, faculty and alumni to share business ideas, form teams, create prototypes and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs over the course of three days.
  • CEL Class Connections
    8/19/21
    A program of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), this professionally facilitated small group meets two hours a month—offering entrepreneurs a safe forum to find support, discuss challenges and opportunities and find guidance to achieve both personal and professional goals.
  • CEL Mastery Program
    8/19/21
    The CEL Mastery Forum is a professionally facilitated group that provides support and guidance for growth-minded entrepreneurial leaders. The Forum offers both individual coaching and peer support to support the entrepreneur in finding exponential growth in critical areas of their business and life.
  • CMI Industrial Advisory Board (IAB) Workshops
    5/1/19
    Workshops are held for businesses interested in learning about the services and capabilities of the Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) and Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEP).
  • Cultivator
    1/10/24
    Get up to $100k in pre-seed funding in our early-stage startup program
  • Entrepreneurship Skill Building Workshops
    4/22/19
    Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars' Entrepreneurship Skill Building Workshops focus on building skills of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • I-Corps Site Program
    11/6/23
    Transition your technology idea from the lab to the marketplace
  • Inclusive Launch Foundry Program
    2/27/24
    Inclusive Launch Foundry is an accelerated training and internship program to help students from diverse backgrounds refine business ideas and gain practical experience in a start-up. 
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Working Group
    4/22/19
    These working sessions enable SBIR/STTR applicants and recipients to connect and learn from experienced awardees and program experts. 
  • Startup Series
    8/19/21
    UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships hosts this series of events to provide information sharing and networking opportunities for technology and life science startup companies.
  • Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) Pitch Prep
    4/22/19
    A program of the WNY Incubator Network (WIN), Pitch Prep is an in-person and online continuum of programming to help incubator companies learn how to successfully pitch their startup to potential investors.

Research and Equipment

Startup Services

  • Entrepreneur-In-Residence
    8/19/21
    Entrepreneurs-in-Residence (EIRs) work closely with the UB Business and Entrepreneurship Partnerships Startup Ventures Team to help us identify promising startups, so we can accelerate their growth.
  • Incubator Client Update Meetings
    8/19/21
    Incubator Client Update Meetings offer Incubator Clients an opportunity to meet with incubator staff and the startup team to discuss progress towards goals and business advancement.
  • Strategic Planning - Scaling Up
    4/22/19
    Scaling Up™ - Strategic Planning is a two-day interactive workshop for business owners and their leadership team to learn the basics of creating a clear roadmap for a business that can be used to make decisions for upcoming years. 
  • SUNY Insure
    8/19/21
    SUNY Insure helps faculty entrepreneurs and startups affiliated with UB Incubators manage the financial risks of early-stage business development by providing required insurance coverage at affordable rates.
  • University-Industry Partnerships and Connections
    4/22/19
    Through Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships (BEP), industry can connect with UB faculty, researchers and students; university-based technology; and research that supports industry innovation, growth and competitiveness. BEP can help you commercialize and grow by connecting you to knowledge, facilities and funding.
  • Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) Deals and Discounts
    8/19/21
    Through this WNY Incubator Network (WIN) program, incubator companies can access a network of vetted, trusted services providers—experienced and skilled in working with startup companies—offering pre-negotiated, discounted rates as part of their affiliation with the WIN.
  • Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) Embedded Consultants
    8/19/21
    A program of the WNY Incubator Network (WIN), the Embedded Consultants Program connects scalable, technology-based incubator client companies with outside experts; and cost shares the expense of their services to achieve specific milestones in the companies’ development.
  • Western New York Incubator Network (WIN) SBIR/STTR Assistance
    4/22/19
    A program of the WNY Incubator Network (WIN), the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) assistance program links quality SBIR/STTR applicants with outside experts to submit timely, high-quality proposals to relevant federal agencies.

Talent / Careers / Internships

Technology Licensing / Commercialization