SUMMER FELLOWSHIP 2018 Participants Announced

Monday, June 4 marks the beginning of the eight-week long Summer Fellowship Program run by The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.  Ten teams will work under the guidance of industry mentors to develop their businesses from the conceptual phase into market-ready ventures. Each team will receive up to $15,000 in startup funding per team, dedicated mentorship, professional legal and accounting services, connections to fellow entrepreneurs, and professional work and meeting space.


Summer 2018 Cohort



UConn School of Engineering graduates Daniel Yasoshima and Tom Cotton and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences student Jeren Koh have developed a multi-lingual tablet application that provides patients with an easier way to communicate with caregivers.



Armin Tahmasbi Rad, UConn School of Engineering Ph.D. candidate, and Leila Daneshmandi, UConn School of Medicine Ph.D. candidate, are engineering a diagnosis device to determine personalized treatment for cancer.


College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources graduate Cameron Collins and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate James Polo-Lossius are teaming up to produce gourmet mushrooms with sustainable operations.


The UConn School of Engineering’s Assistant Professor Savas Tasoglu, Ph.D. candidate Reza Amin, and Ph.D. student Stephanie Knowlton, are developing an in-home device with a smartphone-based automated analyzer to measure male fertility.


Recent UConn graduate Alexander Ciccio and UConn undergraduate students Andrew Burns of the School of Business and Vincent Turnier of the School of Engineering are creating a mobile application to allow users to collaborate, share, and explore new music.


UConn School of Engineering graduate Trevor Svec and undergraduate student Philip Gitman are designing self-extinguishing candle accessories.

Dyadic Innovations

Ruth Lucas, UConn School of Nursing Faculty, Jimi Francis, University of Texas at Tyler Faculty, and Patrick Hocking, UConn School of Engineering undergraduate student are teaming up to design a breastfeeding diagnostic device that would provide an objective measurement of an infant’s breastfeeding efforts to mothers and clinicians.


Faculty Cindy Tian and graduate student Elizabeth Johnson from the UConn College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources are creating a plant-derived antimicrobial treatment for illness in cattle caused by microplasma bovis.


The UConn School of Medicine’s Faculty Robert Aseltine, and postdoctoral fellows Chonglian Luo and Riddhi Doshi, along with the UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate student Wenjie Wang and Undergraduate Student Madeleine Aseltine, and in collaboration with industry mentor Cal Colins, are building a program to assist healthcare providers in collecting patient information to improve quality measurement, increase patient engagement, simplify reporting, and maximize reimbursement.


The UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Faculty Amit Savkar, graduate student David Nichols, and industry partner William Moschella are creating a predictive analytics platform for student retention in STEM fields.


Summer Fellowship program is highly competitive with over 79 applicants across 41 teams for the 10 spots in the program.  Applicants came from 8 different schools/colleges and 30 different majors/programs/departments across the University. The ten teams selected for this program have been preparing for the kickoff since March and will spend the 8 weeks of the program launching their ventures.  The program will conclude with a Finale event on August 2nd at the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in downtown Hartford in which teams will be ready to present what they learned and will be prepared to take their ventures to the next level.