Media Advisory: Startup Week events at UB celebrate entrepreneurial spirit

UB students take part in an innovation sprint earlier this year. Startup Week at UB will include a similar event, with students developing ideas to solve a challenge presented by GlobalSecurityIQ, a company based in Western New York.

Students, staff and faculty will take part in activities hosted by UB from Sept. 16-24

Release Date: September 5, 2019


Download a promotional poster for Startup Week events at UB

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Entrepreneurs at the University at Buffalo will take part in a variety of events from Sept. 16-24 that build momentum around Western New York’s startup community.

The activities — held in parallel and promoted in cooperation with Buffalo Startup Week — are organized or supported by UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, with funding and participation from UB’s Office of Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships.  

The goal is to engage, inspire and support members of the UB community who are launching and growing businesses or other ventures. The weeklong series of events will give students, staff, faculty and alumni the chance to connect with fellow entrepreneurs at UB and in Buffalo Niagara, strengthening Western New York’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

What: Startup Week events at UB


Sept. 16-24. For a complete schedule, download a promotional poster highlighting Startup Week events at UB.

A range of activities will be presented, such as a pitch contest, a “Combos N Convos” networking event that melds boxing with conversations about wellness, and a talk by UB Associate Vice President for Economic Development Christina Orsi as part of the UB RIS²E² Entrepreneurship Lecture Series.

On Sept. 18, the UB Graduate School, School of Dental Medicine, School of Law, School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and School of Social Work will come together to host a panel on How to Establish a Private Practice.

That evening, UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars and Buffalo Startup Week will co-sponsor a “How I Built This” talk by ACV Auctions co-founder Dan Magnuszewski, a UB alumnus.

On Sept. 20, students will take part in an “Innovation Sprint,” developing ideas to solve a challenge presented by GlobalSecurityIQ, a company founded by Holly Hubert, a former FBI assistant special agent in charge. GlobalSecurityIQ is a client of the UB Technology Incubator.

On Sept. 24, a panel on resources available to UB entrepreneurs will feature a representative of IEEE — a renowned organization devoted to advancing technology — in conversation with speakers from UB and Western New York.


UB students, staff and faculty who have an interest in entrepreneurship will engage with members of the region’s growing startup community.


Media interested in attending any Startup Week events at UB should contact Hadar Borden, director of UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars, at or 716-645-8175.

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Charlotte Hsu is a former staff writer in University Communications. To contact UB's media relations staff, email or visit our list of current university media contacts.