High-Tech CEL provides support and guidance to key team members of early-stage and established companies pursuing the high-tech and life sciences commercialization pathway through a combination of interactive educational sessions, mentoring and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurs and people important to long-term success, such as investors.
The Startup CEL program provides specialized support and guidance to companies pursuing a business opportunity with the goal of helping these companies build more effective teams and better navigate the complex pathway to commercializing their products, service or technology.
The first recommendation in the report, “Opening Economic Opportunity Around UB’s Growing Downtown Presence: Report of the University at Buffalo and St. John Baptist Church Economic Opportunity Panel,” (EOP report), requested that pathways to economic opportunity among UB and its partners be “illuminated.” In response, the Office of Educational Collaboration & Engagement (ECE) created a network of EOP partner agencies and individuals offering employment, education and/or training relevant to workforce opportunities in the downtown medical corridor. Working together with EOP partners, ECE hosted a workshop on the Downtown Campus where leaders from the health care sector, joined by one of the principal architects of the Buffalo Billion initiative, shared information specific to growth plans and employment needs for the region. A follow-up health careers forum provided opportunities for community members to talk with employers who had job openings. As a result of these efforts, a broader workforce plan was initiated that would bring a city-wide workforce strategy that emphasized the involvement of anchor institutions.