Pre-Seed Workshop – A boot camp for first-time entrepreneurs

Bright and early on May 28th, you will find 10 entrepreneurs on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus suited up to begin the first day of boot camp.

But you won’t see them donning sweat pants and track shoes.

And you won’t find them on treadmills, either.

Laptops, coffee and a go-get-’em attitude are the essentials at Pre-Seed Workshop, a two-day boot camp designed to take a high-tech idea and transform that idea into a start-up company.

The New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) will host these 10 “idea champions” as they work with a team of technical, legal, business, finance and marketing experts to determine if their ideas are marketable.

An overview of the technologies featured at the 2015 Pre-Seed Workshop includes:

  • A technology which provides a global solution for toileting by providing safe, comfortable support while restoring independence and dignity to individuals who suffer from neurological maladies
  • A cost-effective solution designed to address limitations of current vaccines
  • A balloon-based dialysis catheter that improves blood flow and reduces the need for catheter exchanges due to fibrin and thrombus for dialysis patients
  • A new immunotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • A novel test device for the rapid detection of the bacterial pathogen Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • A dentifrice encapsulated within an edible film
  • A method to remove heavy metals from drinking water
  • A technical innovation for generating sounds from human movement
  • A new method of waste collection for ostomy patients to replace the current bag method
  • A method to provide equipment and support services to the construction industry through the application of 3D printing technology

At the end of the workshop, the idea champions will pitch their business plans to a panel of investors. The investors will provide immediate feedback to the idea champions to use as they continue developing their businesses.

The Pre-Seed Workshop, founded and facilitated by Mark Wilson and Judy Albers in 2004, has helped more than 200 potential entrepreneurs throughout New York State decide if their high-tech ideas can become start-up companies.

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Julianna Ellis is the Marketing Assistant for the New York State Center of Excellence Bioinformatics & Life Sciences. Learn more about the CBLS here.