External Expert Network

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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. 

About External Expert Network

The University at Buffalo seeks to expand its network of EIRs, SMEs and mentors (collectively, External Experts). We intend to engage External Experts who are as diverse as our portfolio companies and the technologies we seek to advance. For those with the required expertise and a passion for growing the Western New York innovation economy, we are offering several opportunities to get involved.

Participation and Eligibility


  • Applicants with a demonstrated history of success in entrepreneurial start-ups and commercialization of technology are encouraged to apply. We anticipate contracting with a life sciences EIR and a physical sciences EIR. We anticipate a varied and flexible schedule with an average time commitment of approximately 20 hours per week.


  • Altruistically motivated, mission driven and passionate about developing the next generation of entrepreneurs.
  • Expert knowledge of FDA regulatory planning; SBIR grant writing and post-award financial management; financial modeling; due-diligence preparation and Design for Excellence (DfX) support.


  • Provide expertise to portfolio companies in many ways, including: Programs, such as I-Corps, through incubator office hours or with specific startups as part of an advisory team.
  • Great listeners/questioners who are willing to open their strong networks and who advise with a patient and empathetic style.


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