CULTIVATOR

Get up to $100k in pre-seed funding in our early-stage startup program

At the Cultivator, we surround early-stage startup founders in Western New York (WNY) with mentorship and support to help build our region’s next great companies.

We pair you with entrepreneurs-in-residence and subject matter experts who have walked in your shoes. Together, we roll up our sleeves to help you validate your market potential, establish marketing plans, gear up to fundraise, and connect with investors and customers.

Cultivator Program.
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Turn your adventure into a profitable venture

The Cultivator has two phases. If your company advances to Phase 2, you’ll receive a $100k investment and free co-working space.

PARTICIPATION

We help you build a customized path to success with:

  • Co-working space
  • Connections to investors, customers and talent
  • Market and customer discovery
  • Marketing and revenue growth strategy
  • Fundraising preparation

ELIGIBILITY

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We help medium- to high-growth, early-stage startups located in the following WNY counties:
Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.

No previous affiliation with UB is required. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented founders to apply.

CURRENT TEAMS

CULTIVATOR NEWS

Many of our startup services, including the Cultivator, are funded by Empire State Development through the Innovation Hub initiative.
We thank them for supporting the next generation of startups.

Additional resources for startup growth

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.

E-Law Center.

Tap into legal services at our Entrepreneurship Law Center if you're not ready to engage outside counsel, but still need quality legal guidance.

Seed Fund.

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