About CCEI

CCEI inspires a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across all academic disciplines throughout UConn by offering programs that support new venture development, teaching courses that engage students in innovation and new technologies, and connecting the University with the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem within Connecticut.

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 the University of Connecticut’s Core Values of Innovation, Leadership, Global Engagement, and Diversity. As part of one of the United States’ leading public universities, we benefit from the academic background, strength in numbers, and geographic positioning of the various populations we work with.

CCEI categorizes its offerings into five main groupings:

1. Venture Support

Supporting entrepreneurs and innovators across the University of Connecticut by providing funding, programs, and mentorship to help accelerate their ventures.

2. Entrepreneurship Education

Growing the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders through academic courses that engage students in innovation in emerging technologies.

3. Experience Entrepreneurship

Experiential learning and internship programs that engage students with startups and small businesses in Connecticut.

4. Connectivity

Fostering a diverse and collaborative community of students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs and innovators, all while supporting the greater entrepreneurship ecosystem within the State.

5. Research & Teaching

Propagating thought leadership in entrepreneurship and innovation through funding research and teaching projects, and organizing research seminars and events of consequence to business and society.

Our Team

Jennifer Mathieu Director CCEI

Jennifer Mathieu

Executive Director

Rory McGloin

Rory McGloin

Assistant Director of Communication & Program Development

Michelle Cote

Michelle Cote

Lead Instructor
Director, Launc[H]artford

Alycia Chrosniak

Alycia Chrosniak

Program & Marketing Specialist
alycia.chrosniak@uconn.edu

rachel borden headshot

Rachel Borden

Business Operations Specialist
Michaela Hartl headshot

Michaela Hartl

Program Assistant
michaela.hartl@uconn.edu

Mehgan Williams

Mehgan Williams

Program Assistant
mehgan.williams@uconn.edu

Tim Folta

Timothy Folta

Academic Director
John and Bette Wolff Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship
Professor of Management

Caroline Dealy

Caroline Dealy

Faculty Lead, NSF I-Corps Program
Professor, School of Medicine

Scott Kozak

Scott Kozak

Instructor, Biomedical Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur In Residence

 
Alice Nichols

Alice Nichols

Instructor, Accelerate UConn

Startup Advisor

Leland Holcomb

Leland Holcomb

Instructor, Traction & InsurTech Experiential Learning

Entrepreneur In Residence

John Hoffert

John Hoffert

Instructor, Accelerate UConn

Startup Advisor

Mike Kalen

Mike Kalen

Instructor, InsurTech Venturing

Robin Bienemann

Robin Bienemann

Entrepreneur In Residence
Program Lead, Family Business Program

Julia M. Yakovich, MPA Headshot

Julia Yakovich

Instructor, BUILD Hartford

lisa headshot

Lisa Ducharme

Instructor, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans
Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael Zacchea

Michael Zacchea (1968-2022)

Director, Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans Program

Student Ambassadors

Arianna Saxton

Arianna Saxton

Entrepreneurship and Digital Communication
Class of 2022

Alex Grant

Alex Grant

English
Class of 2022

Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers

raymond-headshot

Raymond Ollivierre

Digital Media and Design
Class of 2023

saige-headshot

Saige Ouellet

Communications
Class of 2023

kristina-headshot

Kristina DeMichiel

Digital Media Design and Psychology
Class of 2025

Udith Ashok Graduate Assistant

Udith Ashok

Graduate Assistant

Syeda Tazeen Fatima Graduate Assistant

Syeda Tazeen Fatima

Graduate Assistant