- MassChallenge Info Session – Storrs and FarmingtonThe 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 […]
- Two free workshops offered to UConn community – Introduction to Business Model CanvasConnecticut 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 […]
- EBV’s Michael Zacchea’s “The Ragged Edge” coming 4/1/2017.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 […]
- Hartford Kicks Open Its Doors to InnovatorsNew York Times Square Feet By LISA PREVOST NOV. 15, 2016 Continue reading the main story 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, […]
- Revamped Wolff New Venture Competition Surprises Audience with Two Medical-Device ChampsPosted on School of Business website, October 18, 2016, written by Claire Hall. The 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. […]
- Accelerate UConn Fall 2016 Winners AnnouncedPosted 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 […]
- Medframe, LLC (Protectiscope) wins Entrepreneur Innovation AwardOn September 13, 2016, Medframe, LLC, a UConn entrepreneur founded by Senior Elizabeth Pouya, was awarded a $10,000 Entrepreneur Innovation Award by CTNext for their product Protectiscope. CTNext is Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support. The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA), a competitive pitch event, are designed to help Connecticut’s promising early-stage companies develop their ideas and […]
- LambdaVision and Protectiscope win Wolff New Venture CompetitionTwo distinguished entrepreneurial teams were the recipients of the 2016 Wolff New Venture Prize on Thursday, September 29th. Congratulations to LamdaVision (Dr. Nicole Wagner, Dr. Jordan Greco, Audrey Gallo, and Molly Zgoda) and Protectiscope (Elizabeth Pouya and Ryan Cordier) for their hard work, commitment, and persistence in continuing to move forward with their business ventures. […]
- Colleges boost entrepreneurship classes, seminars – HBJ 9/26/16Connecticut 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 […]
- CCEI co-sponsors Xcite Conference – Women’s Entrepreneurship & InnovationThe 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 […]
Friday, March 24th, 2017
06:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Storrs CampusNextGen Makerspace
HackUConn2017: Living with Allergies, Reimagining the Solution, is an event where participants collaborate over the duration of a weekend to develop innovations in the field of allergies. Throughout the weekend there are mentors, speakers, and prototyping tools to assist students in developing their solutions. Students from all majors and skills are welcome! The skills developed, the connections provided, and the one of a kind experience proves to be invaluable for all participants.
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Join the Competiton
Innovation Quest (iQ) wants to help you turn your idea into a prototype into a company. The purpose of this competition is to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity of chasing after that idea they always wonder about, and actually turning it into a real business. While students can apply to the Innovation Quest competition at any time, we highly encourage participation in each of the Innovation Quest Workshops we hold at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus.
Each workshop in the series will provide teams with all of the information they need to fine-tune their business ideas to give them an edge in the contest application. We will cover all you need to know to answer each component of the iQ application â that is, our aim is to give you what you need to learn the most about your idea, how to market it, who to market it to, and where you can expect your idea to go. Innovation Quest is not a business plan competition. It is, instead, a business competition.
Most importantly, each workshop will provide participants access to mentors â iQers, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and more! Innovation Quest builds networks and relationships that are priceless. Receiving feedback from mentors will help you sharpen your ideas, keep you constantly thinking, and provide you with the criticism you need to submit the best application you can to Innovation Quest.
Kickoff Workshop- Monday, February 13, 2017 7:00 PM ITE C80
iQ Workshop #2- Monday, February 20 6:30 PM School of Business Student Lounge
iQ Workshop #3-Monday, March 6 6:30 PM School of Business Student Lounge
iQ Workshop #4- Monday, March 20 6:30 PM School of Business Student Lounge
Monday, April 10th, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Storrs CampusThe Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Connecticut Innovation Nights hosts First New Product Showcase Event in Collaboration with UConnâs Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry and Office of Public Engagement
Free Event Taps Power of Social Media to Drive Visibility for Local Entrepreneurs
Storrs, CT (April 10, 2017) -- On Monday April 10, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Ballard Institute and the Museum of Puppetry in Storrs will host the first CT Innovation Night (CTIN), a free monthly product launch showcase and networking event. The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry is one of Americaâs hidden treasuresâa superb collection of over 2,500 puppets from all over the world; an archive of books, manuscripts, posters, drawings, audio-visual materials and photographs all covering the history of puppetry. The Institute also offers workshops, museum tours, artistsâ forums, film showings, performances, and other events and programs that promote the art of puppetry as a twenty-first-century art form with deep historic and global roots.
âCT Innovation Nights is a nomadic event, stemmed out of the Boston region and now entering the Connecticut market, with aspirations to partner with companies that support entrepreneurs and innovators across the state,â said Angelina Capalbo, licensee of CT Innovation Nights. âUConn and itâs School of Fine Arts and School of Business are a perfect partner to help get our events off of the ground here in Connecticut. Located just off UConnâs main campus in an area called Storrs Center, a mixed-use center in town where an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, offices, homes, walkways, and green spaces create a connected, thriving community for everyone in the region.â
CT Innovation Nights events are free to attend, but attendees are asked to âtellâ someone else, either through a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook mention, or simply by talking with a friend about the cool products they see. Register in advance on our website at http://ct.innovationnights.com. A single event can generate hundreds of tweets, blog posts, status updates, online video and pictures. The products being presented in April are currently being recruited and submissions are now being accepted.
CT Innovation Nights (CTIN) offers an opportunity for people interested in innovative new products to connect live and online in Connecticut. For companies, the Innovation Nights community offers increased online and social media visibility as well as an opportunity to showcase in front of a supportive live audience. Each month, companies bring new products to the event and the social media community helps spread the word. The events have helped to launch more than 750 local products in the past seven years. Follow CTIN on Facebook Twitter and Linkedin or visit the website at http://ct.innovationnights.com.