Join a UB Incubator

If you are interested in joining the incubator program, we'd like to hear from you.

Who may qualify for the UB Incubators?

Companies applying for membership in the incubator will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Be a scalable, technology-based startup affiliated or looking to affiliate with one of the Innovation Hub partners:
    • University at Buffalo
    • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
    • Kaleida Health
    • Jacobs Institute
    • No affiliation? You may still submit an inquiry form; a staff member will contact you to discuss developing an affiliation.
  • A strong business model that demonstrates a well-defined potential market, with an opportunity for the startup to achieve positive cash flow and a sustainable advantage in the marketplace.
  • Founders commitment to the development of the startup
  • The willingness of the startup founders to learn and share in the incubator environment
  • Potential to create new jobs
  • The adequacy of the start-up funds that are readily available
  • The applicant's experience
  • The impact of the startup’s activities on existing incubator clients

What is the application and selection process?

  • From inquiry, the review process will take about 2-3 weeks. Much of the process is dependent on scheduling and response times. Submit an Incubator Inquiry form, or contact Rachel Boruszewski directly at 716.645.1395 raborusz@buffalo.edu.
  • Participate in a meeting with incubator operations and startup team staff members, and tour one or both UB Incubators. The team will ask about your startup – sometimes some hard questions - and you will have the opportunity to learn about incubation and how it may benefit your growth.
  • If incubation looks like a good fit, you will be invited to submit a full application at a secure online portal.
  • You may be asked to attend an additional session to present a simple slide deck  to a selection team, and respond to questions.
  • Incubator staff will notify you if you are accepted into the incubator.
  • If admitted, prior to moving in, your company must show proof that your business carries a general liability insurance policy in the amount of $1,000,000 combined single limit for bodily injury or property damage.
  • EPA ID: Clients dealing with hazardous materials must possess an effective U.S. Environmental Protection Agency identification number.
Inquire about Incubator

If interested in incubator space or services, please complete the Incubator Inquiry form and an incubator staff member will contact you soon for next steps.