Your startup might change the world—but not if your product or service isn’t sellable. We’ll give you early help to validate its market potential.
Get a good start on your startup with the UB Cultivator, a cohort-based program that guides entrepreneurs to success through mentorship, tailored support and early-stage funding.
You'll work with us in an intensive, hybrid format—virtual and in person—to get the right guidance and funding at the right time.
We help you build a customized path to success through:
We help early-stage startups that will likely achieve medium to high growth, create a presence in Western New York for Phase 2 and have or will form a connection to UB or Innovation Hub partners below.
First 3 months – can be virtual or in-person
Your team will participate with a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs and learn from experts and mentors, who will give you strategic, hands-on guidance suited to your early-stage venture. We’ll work with your team to identify and rectify risks in the areas of:
Next 6 months – can be virtual or in-person
Selected teams from Phase 1 receive an investment up to $100,000 and move on to Phase 2, where we’ll help you with:
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.