New name for UB's Office of Economic Development

Published May 8, 2017

The former UB Office of Economic Development (OED) is now Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships, a name change that reflects enhanced services.

Supporting faculty and students

“We look forward to future collaborations grounded in research-driven technology that will strengthen our economy and solidify UB's reputation as an innovation hub. ”
  • Increase industry engagement through business development support, matching funds for consulting and research with industry, identifying and securing industry partners, and funding experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Increase technology start-ups spinning out of the university through enhanced commercialization support including funding opportunities, incubation, business formation support and access to mentoring/business expertise.

The following units and programs, led by Christina Orsi, Associate Vice President, Economic Development, comprise UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships:

Leveraging resources and relationships

UB Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships office works closely with industry and entrepreneurs facilitating relationships that leverage university knowledge, talent and technology to strengthen our innovation economy. In conjunction with Technology Transfer, we also foster industry relationships that offer real-world opportunities for cutting-edge research, and assist in nurturing faculty and student entrepreneurial activity.

Building the ecosystem

We're helping to build a seamless and nurturing entrepreneurial ecosystem in WNY through

  • Licensed technology
  • Incubation services
  • Educational workshops and presentations
  • Mentoring
  • Seed grand funding when partnered with university faculty
  • Investor networking and pitch opportunities