In UB 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.
The Cultivator has two phases. If your company advances to Phase 2, you’ll receive a $100k investment and free co-working space.
We help you build a customized path to success with:
We help medium- to high-growth, early-stage startups located in the following Western New York counties: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany.
No previous affiliation with UB is required, and we strongly encourage historically underrepresented founders to apply.
Cultivator is designed to support businesses developing products or platforms that aim to serve national or international markets, like software or new, innovative manufactured goods.
While small businesses with a local or regional focus play a very important role in our community, they are not a fit for Cultivator.
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 legal services at our Entrepreneurship Law Center if you're not ready to engage outside counsel, but still need quality legal guidance.
Take your business to the next level with up to $250,000 from our venture capital fund, the Buffalo Innovation Seed Fund.