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.


The Pillars of CCEI:


Venture Building

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


Experiential Entrepreneurship

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



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


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.

Meet Our Team!

Jennifer Mathieu

Executive Director

Rory McGloin

Assistant Director of Communication & Program Development

Michelle Cote

Lead Instructor
Director, Launc[H]artford

Alycia Chrosniak

Program & Marketing Specialist

Rachel Borden

Business Operations Specialist

Michaela Hartl

Program Assistant

Mehgan Williams

Program Assistant

Kate Savinelli

Marketing & Database Assistant

Timothy Folta

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

Matt Connell

Instructor, BUILD Hartford

Julia Yakovich

Instructor, BUILD Hartford

Caroline Dealy

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


Program Manager

Entrepreneurial Bootcamp For Veterans & Family Business Program


Alice Nichols

Instructor, Accelerate UConn

Startup Advisor

Leland Holcomb

Instructor, Traction & InsurTech Experiential Learning

Entrepreneur In Residence

John Hoffert

Instructor, Accelerate UConn

Startup Advisor

Mike Kalen

Instructor, InsurTech Venturing

Robin Bienemann

Robin Bienemann

Entrepreneur In Residence
Program Lead, Family Business Program

Student Ambassadors


Alex Grant


Class of 2022


Rachel Ayers

Healthcare Management
Class of 2023


Raymond Ollivierre

Digital Media & Design

Class of 2023


Kristina DeMichiel

Digital Media Design and Psychology

Class of 2025


Saige Ouellet


Class of 2023


Julie Artiaga


Class of 2023


Michael Stein

Biomedical Engineering

Class of 2023


Christine Attle


Class of 2025