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Webinar Speakers

Peter Burakowski.

Peter Burakowski
Senior Associate Director of Startup Ventures 
University at Buffalo

Dan Miner.

Dan Miner
Program Manager for START-UP NY 
University at Buffalo

Akruti Barbaria, Kulture Khazana.

Akruti Babaria
MBA ‘12, BS ‘05
Founder and CEO
Kulture Khazana

David Gonzalez, Arbol.

David Gonzalez
Co-Founder and CEO

Mercedes Wilson, Sadie's Foods.

Mercedes Wilson
Founder and CEO
Sadie's Relish


More about Cultivator

Cultivator develops early-stage startups to build Western New York's next great companies. Here, startup founders access pre-seed funding and committed mentors who help them level up.

Open to medium- and high-growth startups in the five counties of WNY, Cultivator does not require participating companies to have any prior affiliation to UB.


We help startups build a customized path to success with:

  • Up to $100k in early-stage funding
  • Mentorship from entrepreneurs-in-residence and subject matter experts
  • Co-working space
  • Connections to investors, customers and talent
  • Market and customer discovery
  • Marketing and revenue growth strategy
  • Fundraising preparation

See other support available to WNY startups at UB.

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