Media Advisory: Next wave of entrepreneurs to take center stage at Bright Buffalo Niagara

Event will feature $25K in cash prizes; Bill Rancic, bestselling author and winner of “The Apprentice,” to present keynote address

Release Date: May 25, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo’s Bright Buffalo Niagara program will showcase the next wave of entrepreneurs and promising startup companies on June 15, and will include a keynote address by Bill Rancic, entrepreneur, investor and winner of “The Apprentice.”

Please note, any requests for interviews with Bill Rancic require pre-approval from the agency of record. Interested parties should contact Julie Molenda no later than Wednesday, June 1.

Registration is open to the public until June 10. BBN is presented by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and sponsored by Superior Group.

When: 1:30-7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.


  • Opening remarks by CBLS Executive Director Norma Nowak, PhD, will take place at 2 p.m.
  • Live pitches from 35 entrepreneurs will be held from 2:10-4 p.m.
  • Entrepreneur trade show booths and cocktail reception will be open from 4-6 p.m.
  • Keynote address featuring Bill Rancic will run from 6-7 p.m.
  • Award ceremony featuring a $20,000 grand prize and $5,000 people’s choice award will be held from 7-7:15 p.m.

Where: Hotel @ The Lafayette, 391 Washington St., Buffalo.

Who: This year’s BBN Entrepreneur Expo will bring together entrepreneurs, business partners, and angel and venture capital communities. Keynote speak Rancic is a New York Times bestselling author and winner of NBC’s “The Apprentice.”

Members of the media interested in attending the event are asked to contact Julie Molenda, CBLS senior manager of marketing communications, at or 716-881-7997.

Exhibitor booths will feature 3AM Innovations, 3DATX Corporation, Abcombi Biosciences, Angiograft, Atomic Medical, Buffalo Automation Group, CleanSlate, ClearView Social, Coqui3D, Cytocybernetics, Dimien LLC, Disease Diagnostic Group, Efferent Labs, Garwood Medical Devices, IfThen, LenderLogix, Infonaut, Mitigate Injury Management, Mobile Encrypted Data Exchange, Novorocs Technologies, Painless 1099, Pathovax, Patient Pattern, Peggy, Pitch+Pivot, PostProcess Technologies, Programmable Equipment Company, Qoints, SparkChange, Temida, Thimble, Tread Counter, Truxx, and Voiceitt.

BBN Sponsors: 43North, Buffalo Business First, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, CBLS, Colligan Law, Freed Maxick, IMMCO Diagnostics, InfoTech WNY, Insyte Consulting, Invest Buffalo Niagara, KATZ Americas, Key Private Bank, Launch NY, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP, Marquis de Lafayette, National Grid, Phillips Lytle LLP, Print2Web, RSM, Stephen Garvin – Sandhill Investment Management, Superior Group, Upstate Venture Association of New York, Upstate Venture Connect, Western New York Incubator Network and the Western New York Venture Association.

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