BUILD Hartford offers entrepreneurial education and real-world applications for students to create innovative projects that aid in the development of Hartford. The program provides tools for students to gain knowledge about the city's entrepreneurial ecosystem, analyze real-world data, and communicate their ideas to stakeholders. Students also network with city members to understand Hartford's history and discover opportunities related to their curriculum. Read more about the impact of BUILD Hartford here.


Hartford has a copious amount of opportunity for development through innovative and entrepreneurial projects, with the use of the economic ecosystem and wide variety of business offerings.

BUILD Hartford Course

BADM 4895 & BADM 5894: BUILD Hartford

Students will attend a weekly 3-credit course to gain knowledge about the entrepreneurial ecosystem within Hartford. This provides opportunities for students to analyze real world data and listen to speakers that not only have experience in entrepreneurship, but also have a city connection. Students will gain an understanding of how to create strategic plans and communicate their ideas to stakeholders. 

*Applications for the Fall 2023 course are now closed.

BUILD Hartford Internship

During the internship, students will have the opportunity to take their projects from the fall semester a step further and work through the strategic plan they created. Students will network with stakeholders they identified as key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem during the course, and engage the stakeholders for the future cohorts of the program. This chain reaction will allow for each additional cohort to "build" off of the previous cohort's ideas and display results within the community.

Matt Connell

Michaela Hartl
Program Coordinator