Student Entrepreneurship Programs

Student entrepreneurs are always eager to share their ideas — supported by the many programs and facilities that nurture their entrepreneurial spirit, inlcuding Blackstone LaunchPad.

The university supports a variety of entrepreneurial programs aimed toward current university students and recent graduates.

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Blackstone LaunchPad

Blackstone LaunchPad is a campus-based entrepreneurship program, accessible by over 630,000 students globally. It's designed to support and mentor students, staff and alumni—regardless of major, experience or discipline.


The Entrepreneurial Lab (eLab) is a 3-credit winter session course designed for UB students with entrepreneurial ideas and plans to turn those concepts into viable business ventures. eLab students compete for Student Entrepreneur Fellowship funding. Most also participate in the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition and the State Business Plan competition after successfully completing this course.

Buffalo Student Sandbox

Buffalo Student Sandbox gives talented student-run ventures an opportunity. This summer program provides seed funding, a stipend and the chance to compete for additional resources to start a business. Students have 24-hour access to the dig coworking space, and participate in eight facilitated learning sessions based on Startup CEL. They also interact with other big thinkers, seasoned mentors, experienced entrepreneurs and guest speakers.

Pitch Competition

The Pitch Competition is part of a growing effort at UB to promote entrepreneurship, to realize the promise of UB 2020 and to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Western New York. Without notes or slides, students have just 90 seconds in front of a panel of expert judges in which to pitch their novel business solutions to real-world challenges.

Panasci Competition

The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was funded by an alumnus donation and created by the UB School of Management and Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships to encourage student entrepreneurs. Coming from multiple disciplines the students' varied perspectives maximize the potential for turning ideas into viable business concepts and plans.

Entrepreneurship Academy

The Entrepreneurship Academy focuses on enhancing the undergraduate experience at UB while harnessing students’ creative and innovative spirit. This academy helps prepare undergraduate students for future business development and helps students understand what it takes to turn an idea into a product.