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What's BUILD Hartford?

BUILD Hartford creates the opportunity for students to immerse themselves within the city as they dive into entrepreneurial education and real world applications. Students network with members of the city to understand the history of the city from personal experiences and perspectives, discover opportunities and create innovative projects that can aid in the development of the city with the use of tools provided to students through the BUILD Hartford curriculum.

Why Hartford?

Hartford has a copious amount of opportunity for development through innovative and entrepreneurial projects with the use of the economic ecosystem implemented into the city by the 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 the city of 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 connection to the city. Students will gain an understanding of how to create strategic plans and communicate their ideas to stakeholders around the city. 

Applications for the Fall 2023 course will open in March 2023

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 BUILD Hartford 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.

The deadline to apply is October 28, 2022


"As an individualized major with an interest in entrepreneurship and communication, interning with CCEI’s BUILD Program has allowed me to fine tune my professional and leadership skills while deepening my appreciation of Hartford; a city I grew up near but never explored. Over the course of BUILD’s first semester, I watched students become empowered to take on critical challenges within the community while celebrating their cultural differences. BUILD became something I looked forward to every week. I have been fortunate to have worked with the incredible CCEI team for the past year and it truly has been the highlight of my college experience, and I feel better poised to pursue any professional career after I graduate."

- Arianna Saxton

"As someone who grew up in Hartford, I thought I already knew everything I needed to know about the city. However, through BUILD I learned that there is a lot of movement happening within Hartford's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Being exposed to the movement that is happening in this city, and positioning myself in the midst of that movement has definitely changed the trajectory of my life. And, being able to network with business leaders in the city has made my dream of having my own business in Hartford much more attainable."

- Mariah Boria



Program Contacts:

Matt Connell
Instructor, BUILD Hartford
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Michaela Hartl
Program Assistant
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Press Features:

UConn Today Article