April 2016 E-Newsletter
         Inspire. Connect. Innovate.  

 Innovation Lecture Series: "How to Market Your Growing Startup"

 When:  Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 Who: Matt Davison, Martin Davison Public Relations; Carolyn Human, Carolyn Human Communications LLC;
 Frank Gullo, Superior Group; Katie Krawczyk, 19 IDEAS; Mike Gluck, Gluckworks, Inc.; Jenna Kavanaugh,
 Invest Buffalo Niagara

 Where:  CBLS, 701 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

 What:  Hear from professional marketers with diverse expertise across communication disciplines regarding
 best practices for startups.

 These experts will share how to look past the "build it and they will come" theory, to ensure every
 marketing strategy, no matter how small, is well-planned and flawlessly executed. Learn how combining the
 right channels can help your startup stand out at the right time.

Beakers and Beer to follow at the Jacobs Institute from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Register here. 
Apply today to pitch your idea at the 2016 Bright Buffalo Niagara Entrepreneur Expo!

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, April 18. 

Date: Wednesday, June 15
Location: Hotel @ The Lafayette,
391 Washington St. 
Buffalo, NY 14203
Time: 2 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Event Highlights Include:
  • 30, 90-second and five, five-minute pitches from 35 entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneur trade show and cocktail reception
  • Keynote address from Bill Rancic, New York Times bestselling author and winner of NBC's breakthrough program "The Apprentice"
  • Award ceremony including a grand prize of $20K*, a half-hour one-on-one mentoring session with Bill Rancic and an automatic pass into the 43North semifinalist round, the world's largest business plan competition
  • Plus, $5K People's Choice prize 
For more information and to apply, click here.

* In order to be eligible for either cash prize, Bright winners must submit a W9 that includes a valid Federal Employee Identification Number (FEIN). Award recipients will need to spend entire cash award within one year, and will be required to submit receipts and final report showing how funds were spent. Detailed requirements will be provided upon award receipt. If requirements are NOT met, awardee will be taxed on award amount.

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Picture Yourself on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Second Annual Open House

Who: 7th - 12th graders and their parents

When: Saturday, April 23 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Start your exploration of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus at dig | 640 Ellicott Street Buffalo, NY 14203

What: See state-of-the-art research labs, hospital rooms, creative spaces and more while hearing from experts at the University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Kaleida Health, Hauptman-Woodward Institute, the Jacobs Institute, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Unyts and the Innovation Center. While touring medical campus facilities, you can test drive RoSS (the Robotic Surgery Simulator), use a microscope to view cancer cells, see robotic demonstrations and 3D printers in action and much, much more!

Space is limited. This event sold out last year. Don't wait, register today at www.bnmc.org/April23


Pre-Seed Workshop
May 17-19, 2016
May 25-26, 2016

Bring your idea from concept to concrete plan in just two days. The Pre-Seed Workshop is designed to help entrepreneurs determine the commercial merit of a high-tech idea, and move it toward commercialization. 

With expert opinions, investor panels, and a fast-paced team setting, the Pre-Seed Workshop is a risk-free arena to test the marketability of your idea.  

This year, Pre-Seed Workshop will run two concurrent tracks to foster ideas in both the life sciences and advanced manufacturing sectors. Life sciences teams will participate on May 17, 18 and 25, and advanced manufacturing teams will participate on May 17, 19 and 26. 

If you would like to volunteer, contact Dr. Sandra Small for more information.  
  We are glad to welcome five, new co-located companies to the CBLS. They are:
  • AMI Oncotheranostics
  • Atomic Medical
  • Chronical LifeSci America Corp
  • Enhanced Pharmacodynamics
  • Institute for Healthcare Informatics 
Many leading bioinformatics and life sciences companies choose to locate within the CBLS because of our vast array of resources. Here, companies have access to state-of-the-art core facilities, cutting-edge shared equipment, highly-respected faculty researchers, and much more.

If you are interested in co-locating to the CBLS, please contact 
The CBLS celebrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Month in March with the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS). This initiative raises awareness about STEM careers in Buffalo and solidifies partnerships between city schools and local life sciences and advanced manufacturing companies. The CBLS participated in three events during STEM Month that engaged over 500 students, in grades kindergarten to eighth grade, in life sciences and advanced manufacturing activities.

March 1: Advanced Manufacturing Day - Sponsored in conjunction with UB's New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI), National Grid, and Buffalo Manufacturing Works (BMW), fifth grade BPS students visited BMW and the CBLS to learn about additive manufacturing and energy.

To read more about Advanced Manufacturing Day, click here. 

March 4: Science Literacy Awareness - UB's Integrated Science Education Manager, Dr. Sandra Small, dignitaries, and professionals gathered at Waterfront Elementary, with Buffalo and Erie County Library representatives, to read to children and promote science literacy.  

March 10: Genome Day at the CBLS - At the second annual Genome Day, 400 BPS eighth grade students came to the CBLS to engage in a series of hands-on activities that promote genomic and bioinformatics literacy, including extracting their own DNA from cheek cells. The group leaders, including University students, postdoctoral fellows and professors, served as STEM role models to answer questions and educate students about STEM careers. 

To read more about Genome Day, click here.

Applications Now Open for 43North!

Apply today for your chance to win the $1M top prize in the world's largest business plan competition. 

Buffalo Niagara Enterprise Rebrands as Invest Buffalo Niagara

Congratulations to our partners at Invest Buffalo Niagara on unveiling their new brand on March 10, 2016! Invest Buffalo Niagara remains the same group of experienced professionals committed to help expand and attract businesses to the region, in order to strengthen job growth and make the Buffalo community a better place to live and work. 
To read more about this exciting rebrand,  click here.
April 13, 2016 | 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Women in STEM Summit
UB's Student Union
North Campus Amherst, NY

Join us for unforgettable inspiration, invaluable career development and unbeatable networking. This program features a keynote address and informative panel discussions with with local thought leaders representing various STEM disciplines on working smarter, not harder and redefining success in the workplace. 

Visit  here  for more information and program details.
April 13, 2016 | 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Henry J. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition
Center for the Arts: Screening Room | University at Buffalo 
North Campus
Amherst, NY 14260

Who's next? Join us to support the future of innovation! Watch as five finalist teams compete live for $50K in cash and in-kind prizes.

Click here  to register.
April 14, 2016 
InfoTech WNY 2016 BETA Awards
RiverWorks Buffalo
359 Ganson St. Buffalo, NY 14203

The BETAS (Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase) recognize and celebrate WNY's organizations and individuals that set the standard for technological innovation and implementation, workplace culture, and industry activism. It is such enterprising work done every day that feeds economic development and technological excellence within the Buffalo Niagara region. 
To register for the BETAS,   click here.  
Applications due April 30
Buffalo Student Sandbox

The Buffalo Student Sandbox pairs talented student-run ventures with the opportunity of a lifetime: Commit to spending your summer with us, and you'll receive a stipend and the chance to compete for additional resources to start you business. We'll surround you with other big thinkers, seasoned mentors, experienced entrepreneurs, and guest speakers to help you along the way. The Buffalo Student Sandbox will take place from June 6 - August 5, 2016.

To apply, click here.
June 6 - August 1, 2016
Start-up CEL Program

So you've made a great discovery or innovation and decided to pursue your idea and form a business. Now what? The UB School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership presents Start-up CEL, a program that provides specialized support and guidance to companies pursuing a business opportunity. The program aims to help companies build more effective teams and better navigate the complex pathway to commercializing their product, service or technology. 

Get started today! Call 716.885.5715 or email mgt-cel@buffalo.edu for more information. 
UB Engineering Students Available to Help Improve Company Operations

Western New York businesses, of any type and size, seeking to improve their processes are invited to sponsor one or more students of the 2016-17 Six Sigma Black Belt Student Certification program. This program, made possible by the UB Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE) and UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, involves students utilizing a data-driven, problem-solving methodology to address a specific company issue. 

 Visit  here  for more information.