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On Friday, May 5, 2017, the Department of Finance and Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation are co-sponsoring Dr. Don Siegel, Professor of Management at the University of Albany, to present his research on the topic of: “Academic Entrepreneurship: The Roles of Organizational Justice, Championing, Education, Work-Life Balance and Identity.” The seminar is open to all faculty and students. If you wish to meet in person with Dr. Siegel, please schedule a time slot here.  For more information, please download flyer.

Crossing the River to Find Healthcare Solutions

Crossing the River to Find Healthcare Solutions› Office of the Vice President for Research› UCONN 

Accelerate UConn team featured in UConn Today: “UConn Joins Hunt for New Materials”


Featured in Colin Poitras – UConn Communications – UConn Today

Rampi Ramprasad, professor of materials science and engineering, received a grant from the Toyota Research Institute. The project will involve design of functional polymers using advanced quantum mechanical computations and machine learning. Photo taken on March 30, 2017. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

The novel computational method created by Ramprasad’s research team applies basic quantum mechanics to calculate the atomic and electronic structures of different polymers. This information is then used to “train” a machine learning model to make ultra-fast predictions of properties of new polymers. The machine learning model recognizes polymers based on their numerical representations or “fingerprints.” With this approach, materials scientists can quickly predict the electronic properties of a new polymer, such as its band gap (the amount of energy it takes for an electron to break free of its home atom in the polymer), and its dielectric constant (a measure of the effect an electrical field has on the polymer). Those bits of information, and other relevant information that will be incorporated into the system as part of the TRI initiative, are crucial to scientists looking to create new materials that will improve electrochemical energy storage devices like fuel cells and batteries.

Ramprasad and his research team are current participants in the Spring 2017 Accelerate UConn cohort taught by CCEI.


MassChallenge Info Session – Storrs and Farmington

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The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), in collaboration with the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, are hosting an opportunity for entrepreneurial faculty, students, and staff to learn about MassChallenge, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet.

Mass Challenge is the most startup friendly accelerator on the planet. No-equity and not-for-profit. Accelerates entrepreneurs across all industries, and awards over $2 million in equity-free cash annually.

Find out if this opportunity is right for your startup!

All early-stage startups can apply to MassChallenge. MassChallenge looks for applicants from any industry, from anywhere in the world! Join MassChallenge for an engaging info session and find out how they can help your startup win!

Leo Guyshan, MassChallenge Senior Program Operations Manager and UConn Alumni Sumia Hussain, MassChallenge Partnerships Development Coordinator will be giving an overview of the program and presenting resources available through MassChallenge.

Past MassChallenge winners, UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP) Companies Biorasis and LambdaVision, will be presenting and sharing their MassChallenge experiences.


Storrs Info Session:

When: March 6th, 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Dean’s Board Room – School of Business, 3rd Floor. (321)

(Lunch is provided. )



Farmington Info Session:

When: March 6th, 3pm – 5pm

Where: Cell & Genome Sciences Building, 400 Farmington Avenue, Farmington.


This opportunity is provided by the OVPR Technology Incubation Program and CCEI.

For more information, contact: Rae Asselin / CCEI at 860-728-2106

Two free workshops offered to UConn community – Introduction to Business Model Canvas


Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is providing two free workshops, Introduction to the Business Model Canvas, one in Storrs and one in Farmington, for members of the UConn community who are interested in learning about the Business Model Canvas and how to use it with their research.

Participants will learn:

  • Why most startups fail and how to avoid these mistakes
  • How to use the Business Model Canvas to find the right path to market
  • About resources at UConn that can help you succeed

The first workshop is offered in Storrs on January 31, 2017 from 12:30pm - 2:30pm in the Dean's Boardroom (3rd Floor), School of Business.  (Lunch is provided)  Register:

The second workshop is offered at UConn Health in Farmington on January 26, 2017 from 8:00am - 10am at CBSB - Grossman Auditorium (400 Farmington Avenue).  (Breakfast will be provided)  Register:

Registration is required.  Please use the link above for the appropriate workshop.

EBV’s Michael Zacchea’s “The Ragged Edge” coming 4/1/2017.

51qv4pqayyl-_sx330_bo1204203200_UConn’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Director, Michael Zacchea, publishes “The Ragged Edge, A US Marine’s Account of Leading the Iraqi Army Fifth Battalion”.

… [from Amazon book preview] At a time when the United States debates how deeply to involve itself in Iraq and Syria, Lt. Col. Michael Zacchea, USMC (ret.), holds a unique vantage point on our still-ongoing war. Deployed to Iraq in March 2004, his team’s mission was to build, train, and lead in combat the first Iraqi army battalion trained by the US military. Zacchea tells a deeply personal and powerful story while shedding light on the dangerous pitfalls of training foreign troops to fight murderous insurgents. The Ragged Edge is the first American military memoir out of Iraq or Syria that features complex Arab and Kurdish characters and that intimately explores their culture and politics in a dispassionate way. Zacchea’s invaluable lessons about Americans working with Arabs and Kurds to fight insurgency and terrorism come precisely when such wartime collaboration is happening more than at any time in US history.

Hartford Kicks Open Its Doors to Innovators

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CCEI’s Michelle Cote is working on this project and was quoted in this New York Times article.

“There’s an incredible concentration of institutions that have the capacity to foster start-up activity and second-stage business growth activity,” said Ms. Cote, who is the managing director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Connecticut’s School of Business. “It’s a matter of getting them better connected and working toward everyone’s shared benefit.”

Read full article.

Revamped Wolff New Venture Competition Surprises Audience with Two Medical-Device Champs

Posted on School of Business website, October 18, 2016, written by Claire Hall.

2016-10-12_wolffThe late Thomas John Wolff ’56 was an entrepreneur, and UConn School of Business alumnus, who ran five businesses simultaneously. He exemplified values like enthusiasm, mentorship and appreciation.

If he were here to witness the revised Wolff New Venture Competition on Sept. 29, his children said, there is no doubt he would have loved it all—especially the hard-fought, unexpected, first-place tie that crowned two UConn-led medical innovation teams as the champions.

The two winners were ProtectiScope, a hands-free method to improve stethoscope hygiene in health-care settings, and LambdaVision, a protein-based retinal implant for the treatment of blinding degenerative eye diseases. Both startups will be able to take new steps on their path toward market readiness because of their victories and $15,000 in prize money.

“I was pretty excited. This award is exactly what we needed to propel forward with our next step,” said ProtectiScope inventor Elizabeth Pouya. “We’re looking to speak with people in healthcare about what we should include in the design in order to make it attractive to buyers. It’s really important to validate our market before we invest a lot in the development.”

Read full article here.

Accelerate UConn Fall 2016 Winners Announced

Posted from Office of Vice President for Research news announcement.

Dr. Jeff Seemann, UConn/UConn Health Vice President for Research and Dr. Timothy B. Folta, Professor of Management and Faculty Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, are pleased to announce the teams selected to participate in the Fall cohort of Accelerate UConn, the University’s National Science Foundation I-Corps site. The following teams will receive special training and a $3,000 seed grant to help understand whether and how their technology might create customer value:

  • Challa Kumar & Melissa Limbacher (Faculty & Graduate Student), GlowDots, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry
  • Radenka Maric & Claire Leonardi (Faculty & Industry), Health eSense, School of Engineering, Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Pishikesh Pandey & Dr. Tulio Valdez (Faculty), Raman spectroscopy based approach for middle ear disease diagnosis, School of Medicine/Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics
  • Neil Howard (Student), Verge Finance, School of Business, Department of Management
  • Seyed Mohamad Amin Salehizadeh (Recent Doctoral Alumnus), Pediatric Wearable Health and Activity Status Monitoring Headband, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychological Sciences
  • John Settlage & Kevin Agnello (Faculty & Doctoral Candidate), STEM Achievement Data Gap Analysis Tool, Neag School of Education, Department of Teacher Education
  • Rajesh Lalla & Sarah Goldstein (Faculty & Doctoral Candidate), A novel long-acting topical anesthetic agent for pain secondary to oral mucositis and other oral ulcerative conditions, School of Dental Medicine, Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
  • Guanwei Tao (Graduate Student), Prevention Preventable

In cases where a single faculty member or student was accepted into the program, the AU staff helped identify appropriate Academic or Entrepreneurial Leads or Industry Mentors to round out the team.

Accelerate UConn, an NSF I-Corps Site to move technologies more quickly and successfully from the lab to the market

Accelerate UConn, an NSF I-Corps Site to move technologies more quickly and successfully from the lab to the market

Accepted teams recently participated in the Accelerate UConn kick-off event. The program includes six weeks of intensive training to evaluate their business ideas and conduct customer discovery activities.

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) jointly operate Accelerate UConn (AU).  As an NSF I-Corps Site program, AU was formed to foster entrepreneurship resulting in technology commercialization.  I-Corps Sites are academic institutions that catalyze the engagement of multiple, local teams in technology transition and strengthen local innovation.

For more information about Accelerate UConn, visit or email