The start of a revolutionary startup.
While on a road trip to an out-of-state football game in 2001, two friends came up with a novel idea: create a business focused on collecting student feedback to help improve campus services. Eric Reich and Michael Weisman, who were classmates at the University at Buffalo at the time, parlayed their concept into the winning submission for the premiere Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition. Using their $25,000 prize, the duo launched a technology startup, which they aptly named StudentVoice.
Within a few years, StudentVoice had become Campus Labs, and by 2008, the company had expanded to employ 30 at its downtown Buffalo office and serve 350 Member Campuses throughout the United States. This phenomenal growth earned Campus Labs a reputation for being Western New York's most successful startup since the turn of the 21st century.
An enterprising solution for higher ed.
Years of careful homework – visiting campuses and listening to administrators discuss their institutional challenges – inspired the entrepreneurs to keep innovating and expand their services. Today, more than 15 years after its founding, Campus Labs is still headquartered in Buffalo, but the company has over 150 employees, a roster of more than 1,300 Member Campuses, and a comprehensive set of solutions.
No longer limited to a single survey product, the Campus Labs® platform offers integrated software and cloud-based assessment tools for higher education. The corporate mission is more focused than ever on empowering and transforming colleges and universities through strategic data insights. And the kind of creative energy that fueled the company's initial success is still felt – and shared across all teams.