Legal services for startups in Buffalo

The Entrepreneurship Law Center (e-Law Center) provides quality legal services for early-stage entrepreneurs and startups who are not yet ready or able to engage outside legal counsel.

E-Law Center.

Your startup has unique legal challenges. We can help.

We strive to support economic development efforts and contribute to the thriving entrepreneurship community in Western New York by providing complimentary legal services to early-stage startups, most of which stem from innovations generated at UB or at one of its partners on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. We also aid minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs), with a particular focus on high-growth companies.


We offer a range of services catered to your startup, including but not limited to:

  • Entity Selection And Formation
  • Securities/Financing
  • Tax
  • Intellectual Property including Patent, Copyright, Trademark Filing, Trade Secret Protection and Licensing
  • Social Enterprises
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Shareholders Agreements
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Terms Of Use/Privacy Policies
  • MWBE Certification
  • Small Business Advice and Counseling
  • Hiring And Employment Matters
  • Employee Stock Incentive Plans
  • Ethics and Conflicts Of Interest
  • Regulatory Guidance
  • General Subject Matter Research

Applying for services through the Law Center does not create an attorney-client relationship. It is merely an application.
You have the right to keep looking for a lawyer or decline our services (if offered).



Innovation hub.
Roswell Park.
Jacobs Institute.
Hauptman Woodwar.
Kaleida Health.

Empire State Development is supporting University at Buffalo, Roswell Park, Jacob's Institute, Hauptman-Woodward and Kaleida Health to help commercialize technologies generated through research. Incubation spaces are supported by the Innovation Hub initiative, a collaboration between UB and our partners.

Additional resources for startup growth

Our partners benefit from UB resources, including tailored business support services and access to additional funding programs.

Build your business and connect with a diverse network of entrepreneurs in our two business incubators—the Incubator @ CBLS downtown and the Incubator @ Baird near North Campus.

Tap into our full suite of entrepreneurial support services to launch or grow your business—funding, coaching, investor connections and more.

Seed Fund.

Take your business to the next level with up to $250,000 from our venture capital fund, the Buffalo Innovation Seed Fund.