Month: September 2016

Colleges boost entrepreneurship classes, seminars – HBJ 9/26/16


Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Managing Director, Michelle Cote, are quoted in this article:

… [segment] UConn aids startups

Michelle Cote, managing director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) at the UConn School of Business, said it’s a great time to be an aspiring entrepreneur at UConn and statewide based on the resources available to help them.

For example, she noted that UConn, Connecticut Innovations and Webster Bank announced in August they are establishing a $1.5-million UConn Innovation Fund to support early-stage startups affiliated with UConn.

“Entrepreneurship has definitely sort of steadily climbed in popular recognition and popular culture in the last five years and I think that it has to do with economic shifts within the country; I think it’s a trend that has been growing nationwide,” Cote said.

Read full article here.

CCEI co-sponsors Xcite Conference – Women’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation



The Xcite Conference was held in Stamford on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Hotel.  Over 200 entrepreneurial minded women were in attendance. Hosted by UConn School of Business, Connecticut Innovations, and Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the conference aims to promote and support innovation and entrepreneurship among women in the business world.   The CT Post featured a story and photos from the conference here.


New Device Improves Measurement of Water Pollution – UConn Today 9/7/2016

Another Accelerate UConn and CCEI Summer Fellowship team was featured in UConn Today. A great article written by Jessica McBride, Office of the Vice President for Research, featured Graduate Student Joe Warren and Dr. Penny Vlahos of Marine Sciences, Avery Point, who completed the Spring cohort of Accelerate UConn, followed by CCEI’s 8-week Summer Fellowship program, and are currently one of the five finalists for the Wolffe New Venture Competition to be held at the end of this month.

Here’s an except from the article:

UConn researchers have developed a device that makes it easier to measure contaminant levels in water.

With help from UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program, Accelerate UConn, marine geochemist Penny Vlahos and graduate student Joe Warren are now well on their way to commercializing their technology.

Access to clean water is a major concern for nations around the globe. The new device can measure pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers, and even in the home.

Read more about their journey and experiences with Accelerate UConn and Summer Fellowship.

The Road to Native Vegetation in Highway Design – UConn Today, September 1, 2016

iConservationist - Accelerate UConn Spring 2016 participant
“There’s no question that regional vegetation is a better ecological choice, but now it can also be a better economical one. ”                                                                                                — John Campanelli

Posted from UConn Today’s article released September 1, 2016 – written by Jessica McBride, Office of the Vice President for Research

Connecticut is recognized nationally for highways with beautiful historic architecture, like the bridges along the Merritt Parkway. Yet the vegetation along the roadside tends to look the same for miles on end.

UConn graduate student John Campanelli hopes that someday soon, drivers will have a much more scenic and varied view.

With the help of a growing entrepreneurship program, Accelerate UConn, Campanelli is developing software called iConservationist to guide highway design, with a focus on native, biodiverse plant communities and pollinator habitats.  Read the full story here.