"DEVELOP" Programs Overview

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

Build UConn

BUILD Hartford

Creating the opportunity to immerse within the city and dive into entrepreneurial education in real world applications! 

Students network with members of Hartford to understand the city's history from personal experiences/perspectives, discover opportunities, and create innovative projects. Tools and projects will be provided to students through the 3-credit course and optional internship curriculum.

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The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans (EBV)

The transformation from a warrior to an entrepreneur!

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

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Family Business Program

Meeting the unique challenges family businesses face for over 25 years!

Through business and family-systems programming, this program helps prepare and propel family businesses through innovative business strategy, organizational structure, management practices, human resources, leadership development, and succession planning. Equally as important as learning, the program is a collaborative and member-driven, allowing those involved to share challenges and solutions through a network.

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Verge Consulting Program

Gain hands-on consulting experience with real companies! 

Through a partnership with Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC), consultants get the opportunity to work with SBDC's business advisors to learn about consulting and supporting businesses. Consultants receive a stipend for 10 weeks of consulting between the end of May and the beginning of August.

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Discover Our Other Program Sectors:

  • BUILD: Supporting entrepreneurs and innovators across UConn by providing funding, programs, and mentorship to help accelerate their ventures. Programs under this pillar include: Get Seeded, Traction, Accelerate UConn, Summer Fellowship, and The Wolff New Venture Competition.
  • DEVELOP: Experiential learning and internship programs engage students with startups and small businesses in Connecticut. Programs under this pillar include: BUILD Hartford, Verge Consulting Program, Family Business Program, and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans (EBV).
  • CONNECT: Fostering a diverse and collaborative community of students, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurs and innovators, all while supporting the greater entrepreneurship ecosystem within the state. Programs under this pillar include: Timely Topics, xCITE, CCEI Mentor Network, Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, and CCEI's Student Ambassadors Program.