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 it's offerings into four 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 engages student 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.
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.