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Esports Design Challenge

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2021 in Competitions

Are you interested in applying your entrepreneurial interest and skills to the world of Esports?
Check out the Esports Design Challenge!Program Start Date: April 3rd at 4pm via zoom
Set your ideas in motion with 
Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars
Join us for upcoming workshops and find us on Facebook for workshop details. Looking for a teammate to help with your venture? In the past, students have often scrambled last minute for teammates that would add value or fill a need. We have developed a Blackstone LaunchPad Match Board to help match students with teams. This can also be used for students that want to participate on a team, but do not have an idea of their own.You can also sign up for a venture coaching appointment to talk about and get help with your idea. Our venture coaches do not take any ownership of your idea and everything you say is 100% confidential. Call 716-645-8111 or stop in to 220 Student Union any time!
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IIMAK Innovation Sprint March 10th…Cash Prizes!

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Workshops

I’m writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity for your students at LaunchPad called Innovation Sprint! This program is a competition that allows students to apply the skills they are learning to help a real-world problem. 

This semester we are challenging students to work with locally-based company IIMAK to come up with innovative customer experience to yield customer loyalty and overall increase in sales. This is an opportunity to work with industry professionals on solutions that can be applied in real-time.

Not only is this a great opportunity for students to apply what they’re learning in class to tangible situations, it also gives students access to professional contacts, networking. This is a resume building experience and has the potential to turn into an internship or job with this company. The winning student/team will also win a cash prize!

The company is looking for smart, driven, passionate students to bring innovative ideas and solutions to help differentiate them in a competitive market. We would greatly appreciate if you could kindly share this opportunity’s information to your students!

Any questions, please reach out to or follow our social media channels for more information.

Sprint to this opportunity, join the sprint kick-off meeting with IIMAK!

Wednesday, March 10th 7-8:30 pm ET

Join Zoom Meeting ID: Meeting ID: 973 7190 2478 | Passcode: 045626

Register to participate:

IIMAK is looking for smart, driven, passionate students to bring innovative ideas and solutions to help differentiate them in a competitive market. This is an opportunity to work with industry professionals on solutions that can be applied in real-time. All UG/Grad students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to participate.


Carnegie Mellon QuizBowl Opportunity

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Competitions, Event

I write to you in your capacity as the Carnegie Mellon Honors Program coordinator at the University of Buffalo to invite your students to compete at our Spring Novice Collegiate Quizbowl Tournament, which will be hosted online by Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, March 27. This tournament will feature both morning and afternoon rounds of competition between teams of students from local universities and will be conducted entirely online. 

Quizbowl is a bit like a team version of the TV show Jeopardy! (most big winners on the show have been quizbowl players) with more academically rigorous questions. Teams of students from colleges around the world compete to buzz-in to answer tossup questions and then collaborate to answer bonus questions across a wide variety of topics, from Literature and History to Science and the Fine Arts. You can see a sample round of questions here

Any intellectually curious students or trivia fans would likely enjoy playing quizbowl (many may have played similar competitions in high school) and the collegiate quizbowl community would love to welcome new teams and players. Please let me know if you think there might be interest at University of Buffalo to send a team or two to our event or if you have any questions about quizbowl!

Feel free to forward this email on to anyone that you think might be interested, including students interested in competing or a faculty/staff member interested in helping to organize a team

Thank you,

Gabriel Chuang

Carnegie Mellon University Quizbowl


Trivia Tuesday with Student Engagement

Posted by Tim on March 6, 2021 in Competitions, Event, Honors Experiences, Networking, Stress Relief

March 23 – 7 – 8 p.m.

Do you love trivia? Join Student Engagement the third Tuesday of every month for a night of trivia and fun! Hosted by our Student Engagement Ambassadors, Trivia Tuesdays will focus on a new theme each month! Grab your popcorn, roommates, and friends and test your knowledge! Register on UBLinked

10th Annual Honors College Life Raft Debate to be Held Virtually March 3rd

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Academics, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

The 10th Annual Honors College “LIFE RAFT DEBATE” will be on Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:15 pm live on Zoom! Join us for this annual tradition as some of your favorite Professors comically debate for your vote to “rebuild” society!

What is a Life Raft Debate you ask? A fictitious nuclear event has occurred and we the audience are on a life raft preparing to float away to safety but we have room for one more person…an academic! Watch as faculty from multiple disciplines argue in intense and sometimes hilarious, fashion for your vote.

Be sure to RSVP to save your seat, as you then vote for who gets the final seat on the Life Raft.  RSVP here before Monday, March 1st to join us:


Apply to the Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition for your Chance to Win $52,000 in Prizes!

Posted by Tim on February 1, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Do you have the next great idea?

Whether it’s an app, website or software that makes life a little easier-
A medical device or technology that could save lives-
Or a sustainable, scalable social innovation for the good of the community…

We want you to pitch it!

What will you win? All applicants will gain valuable entrepreneurial skills, networking opportunities and compete for one of two prizes:

First Place$52,000 total value
$25,000 seed funding plus in-kind services (accounting, legal, office space,
business development and human resource services) valued at more than $27,000

Second Place –
$10,000 seed funding

Click here to read about last year’s winners.

How do I apply?
1. Fill out our online application by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 7, 2021
2. Get help by signing up for a confidential venture coaching appointment to perfect your pitch! Venture coaches available at
3. Applicants will be invited to sign up for a pitch time on Thursday, February 11 or Friday, February 12.
4. Pitch deck template available at
Eligibility: Panasci is open to teams led by undergrad or graduate students, PhDs or post-docs from any department at UB. Additional team members need not be UB affiliated. No prototype required to apply. Find the full rules here. Email Alex at with any questions.

Apply Here!

Among Us Escape Room: Leadership Edition with Student Engagement January 14

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

Do you have the leadership skills to outsmart the imposter? Prove you have what it takes by working together with your crewmates in this virtual escape room! 

Register on UBLinked to receive the Zoom link on the day of the event! 


Trivia Tuesday with Student Engagement

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

Join Student Engagement on Tuesday evenings in January at 7:30 p.m. for virtual trivia!  Come hang out with other students and put your trivia skills to the test. Register on the Student Engagement UBLinked page! 

Tuesday, January 12 – Disney Trivia 
Tuesday, January 19 – US Presidents Trivia 
Tuesday, January 26 – Harry Potter Trivia 


WNY Prosperity Scholarship Seeks Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program | open to all UG majors and GRAD programs:  Seeking students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York

A leadership development program that provides selected Fellows professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders. WNY Prosperity Fellows are awarded a paid summer internship; scholarship support awarded during the academic year up to $25,000 based on a student’s unmet financial need, and an enrichment fund of $1,000. This fellowship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the WNY region. Open to all undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Fellows do not need to be from WNY, however the Fellowship supports students committed to the WNY region.

Fellowship eligibility:  

  • current sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply; 
  • should have minimum 3.0 cumulative UG GPA / 3.5 cumulative GRAD GPA;
  • have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy through job creation;
  • complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the advised deadline. Please note that you may file a FAFSA using estimated income information and update your FAFSA once you complete your current tax return. 
  • Fellowship Requirement: Only open to US Citizens or students holding permanent residency. Not intended for international students.

For full details, visit the fellowship website at: | Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship information sessions hosted on Zoom:

  • Friday, December 4th at 2 p.m. EDT 

Meeting ID: 982 7579 7826 | Passcode: 964874

  • Friday, January, 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT

Meeting ID: 970 0851 2590; Passcode: 888946


GloBull Gallery Photo Exhibition Voting Now Open

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Community Announcements, Competitions

GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition

Voting Period: TODAY – Friday, 11/20 at 8AM EST via Google Form

Facebook Photo Gallery

You are invited to view our annual GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition via UB Study Abroad Programs’ Facebook page, clicking on the Facebook Photo Gallery or the image above! UB students who studied abroad (outside the US) have submitted photos and testimonials to share their meaningful study abroad experiences with you.

Virtual attendees (students, faculty, staff, campus partners, etc.) of the GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition will be able to vote for their favorite photo via the Google Form linked above. Voting will be open throughout IEW—TODAY through Friday, 11/20 at 8AM EST. Prizes will be awarded to the People’s Choice winners! We hope you will view our virtual gallery to see our world through our students’ global lens.