Z80 Labs Kick-Start Entrepreneur-Driven Tech Businesses in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Z80 Labs Technology Incubator hopes to transform Buffalo into a “technology hotbed” that will bolster the local economy after its opening on Monday, July 23 in the Buffalo News Building in downtown Buffalo.

Jordan Levy, Z80 Labs co-founder. Courtesy of Z80 Labs Technology Incubator

Z80 Labs will support entrepreneur-driven tech businesses such as those involving digital media, mobile and Net-based companies within an “accelerated environment.” According to the press release, “Each incubator participant will be assigned at least one mentor, dedicated to them and their burgeoning company. “

Z80 will also give “entrepreneurs exposure to industry leaders typically available only in New York City or Silicon Valley.”

Services in the incubator include office space, tech support, collaboration tools, weekly education programs, specifically-assigned mentorship teams, access to the Z80 Speaker Series and expert advice from renowned industry advisors.

The goal of the incubator is to produce self-sustaining businesses and keep top tech talent in the western New York area.

Famed venture investor Fred Wilson (Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare) will participate in a “special session” on July 23-24 and the first companies selected for Z80 Labs will also be announced at this time.  The Z80 Labs Investment Committee will serve as a selection committee for entrepreneurs wishing to gain entrance into the lab. For more information or specifics about how to apply to Z80 Labs, please visit Z80Labs.com.

Z80 Labs is funded by Softbank Capital, with additional funding from SCP Incubator via a grant from New York State and Empire State Development. Corporate support is being provided by The Buffalo News, Campus Labs, PC Business Solutions, and Synacor.