START-UP NY continues to thrive in the Buffalo Niagara region, as more colleges and universities formalize their campus plans and open doors to collaborating companies. The brainchild of Governor Andrew Cuomo, START-UP NY was launched in January 2014 and has approved 83 companies statewide (as of March 17, 2015).
The clear leader across the state has been the University at Buffalo (UB), which can claim 37 of those 83 companies as its own, accounting for 1,452 jobs pledged and $45,122,422 in investment planned. But UB is not the only player in the region, as several more academic institutions are now participating. Nine additional institutions, both public and private schools, have had their plans approved and are ready to work with companies interested in partnering. Buffalo’s Canisius College received its first company approval: Simply Natural Clothing. This business, which makes clothing using organic materials, has located at the college’s Women’s Business Center, pledging to create 16 new jobs and invest more than $1 million.
Most recently, Niagara University and Villa Maria College had their respective plans approved. Niagara offers a 22-acre plot of land that could be developed for the right collaborating company as well as flexible office space on campus. Villa Maria has designated over 2,300 square feet of space on its campus located on the border of Buffalo’s East Side and Cheektowaga.
“This is the beginning of a great opportunity not only for the college, but for our students and the surrounding community to receive additional investment from businesses,” said Dr. Ryan Hartnett,
Villa Maria’s assistant vice president of academic affairs.
BNE works with companies interested in expanding, relocating or starting up in the Buffalo Niagara region, offering expertise in programs like START-UP NY and all aspects of doing business in the western region of New York State.
Here is a list of all ten institutions that are approved in the eight-county region of Buffalo Niagara, with links to their respective campus plans, which include their designated space as well as their target industries:
- Buffalo State College
- Canisius College
- D’Youville College
- Genesee Community College
- Jamestown Community College
- Niagara County Community College
- Niagara University
- University at Buffalo
by Alan Rosenhoch, Business Development Manager