Release Date: March 10, 2021
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo has identified 12 teams as semifinalists in the 21st annual Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition (Panasci TEC), taking them one step closer to the $52,000 in startup funding and business services that will go to the group that presents the best plan for a viable new business in Western New York.
After watching 30 first-round pitches, preliminary judges pared down the teams to those below, which represent a wide range of business plans:
Five pitches focused on the health care innovations:
Another four entries were for smartphone apps that tackle a variety of needs:
Rounding out the semifinalists were the following proposals:
Each semifinalist team has been matched with a coach from the business community to prepare for the next round, when they will submit written materials along with a video pitch.
Judges will evaluate those materials and select five finalists by March 29. Those five teams will each deliver a 10-minute, public presentation at the competition’s final round, which will be held virtually on Zoom on April 9.
Teams will be evaluated on how well they describe the feasibility and marketability of their venture, prove the need for their product or service and present potential sources of capital. Winners will be announced following a brief period of deliberation by the judges after the last presentation, during which guests can network with each other in virtual breakout rooms.
In addition to $25,000 in seed funding, the winning team will receive in-kind awards valued at $27,000 for legal services from Colligan Law LLP, accounting services from Lumsden & McCormick LLP, human resource services from the People Plan from HR Foundations Inc., business development services from Western New York Incubator Network and the UB Office of Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships, and office space from North Forest Office Space.
Panasci TEC was created by the UB School of Management and the UB Office of Business and Entrepreneur Partnerships, and is funded with a $1 million endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr. to facilitate and promote the commercialization of UB-generated technologies.
Hosted by the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars, the event brings together UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Western New York.
Anyone interested in attending the presentations on April 9 should register with the Blackstone LaunchPad at 716-645-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org.