To hear him describe the first few years of Campus Labs is to understand just how fervently Eric Reich believes in the value of entrepreneurial risk. When he co-founded Campus Labs (then known as StudentVoice) back in 2001, Eric was primed for success – and equally ready for the sweat and sacrifice it would entail. Today Campus Labs, whose steady growth foreshadowed Buffalo’s ongoing economic renaissance, boasts more than 150 employees and enjoys a reputation for being one of Western New York’s most dynamic startups at the start of the 21st century. As President, Eric manages the strategic direction of Campus Labs, evaluating alliances and acquisitions that can further enhance the company’s tech capabilities and continue growing its roster of over 1,000 Member Campuses.
Eric earned both his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. While a student at UB, he served as the student representative on the University Council (the equivalent of the Board of Trustees). In 2001, he and Michael Weisman were honored with the premiere Henry Panasci Technology Entrepreneur Award for their class project, which planted the seeds for Campus Labs. In 2013, the two business partners and lifelong friends shared the George W. Thorn Award, given by the UB Alumni Association in honor of their professional achievements. A dynamic speaker, Eric has taught a course on entrepreneurship for UB’s Undergraduate Academies. He is a member of the Investment Committee for Z80 Labs, Buffalo’s first internet-focused technology incubator, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Zoo. He is a 2015 Business First 40 Under 40 honoree.