The University of Connecticut

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has a strong focus on entrepreneurship, offering resources and support to students and faculty who are interested in starting their own businesses. UConn has a variety of entrepreneurship programs and initiatives, including the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Innovation Quest business plan competition, and the Technology Incubation Program.

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI), established in 2007, is identified as an area of strength by the University and vital to the state and national economy, the School of Business, and the University, as a whole. CCEI is committed to UConn’s Core Values of Innovation, Leadership, Global Engagement, and Diversity.

CT Next

CT Next is a program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the state of Connecticut. It was established in 2012 as part of the state's strategy to foster innovation and economic growth. The program offers a range of services and resources to entrepreneurs, startups, and early-stage companies

Hartford HealthCare

Hartford HealthCare is a not-for-profit health system located in the state of Connecticut in the United States. It serves patients in the greater Hartford area and beyond. Hartford HealthCare is comprised of several hospitals, medical practices, and other healthcare facilities that provide a wide range of medical services, including primary care, specialty care, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and more.

The Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut

The Accelerator for Biosciences in Connecticut (ABCT) is a program that supports entrepreneurship and innovation in the biosciences industry in Connecticut. The program was established in 2018 and is a partnership between the state of Connecticut, the University of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Innovations investment fund. The program provides resources and support to early-stage bioscience companies in Connecticut, including funding, mentorship, and access to lab and office space.

The Connecticut Innovation Fund

The Connecticut Innovation Fund supports entrepreneurship and innovation in Connecticut. CI is Connecticut’s strategic venture capital arm and is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for innovative, growing companies. By offering equity investments, strategic guidance and introductions to valuable partners, we enable promising businesses to thrive.


Nucleate is a free and collaborative student-led organization that facilitates the formation of pioneering life sciences companies.