Launch your business in this 8 week entrepreneurial experience!
The top ten startups from across the University are selected to participate in the Summer Fellowship experience. This program takes place 3 days a week over 8 weeks where participants develop the skills needed to bring new products, services, and technologies to market. Each team receives one-on-one coaching and mentorship from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs. Teams are provided with probono legal and accounting services to help with initial business setup and support.
Summer Fellowship is UConn’s startup accelerator program and is an immersive entrepreneurial experience open to anyone affiliated with UConn (students, faculty, staff and alumni). Summer Fellowship is CCEI’s flagship program and has prepared startups to launch their company, generate revenue, raise funding (grants, investments, etc.), and be accepted into next step opportunities such as incubators and accelerator programs.
Teams pursuing high-potential ventures who have formed through participation in other UConn entrepreneurship programs are encouraged to apply.
Applications for the Summer 2020 cohort are now closed! Applications for Summer 2021 will open in October 2020.
Unprecedented access to key startup resources:
Having the right mindset, learning the right skills, and having the support of a community and network of mentors is crucial as you plan to launch your business. As the focus moves from theoretical learning to real-world application, teams are pushed to execute on their plans to launch their business. Teams find their success with the support of one-on-one coaching and mentorship from industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as the community of fellow entrepreneurs participating in the program.
Fostering connections between teams, instructors, alumni, community partners, and other entrepreneurs will give your team a distinct advantage in launching your business. Additionally, pro-bono professional services, such as legal, account, and marketing/branding services are provided to assist in the proper establishment of your business and deciding how you want to structure your venture.
Each team is awarded $15,000 (non-equity, non-diluting) in funding to aid in business development - of which up to $5,000 (per student) can be used to pay a member of the team (current UConn student or recent UConn graduate) to participate in the program. What's better than interning with your own business and getting paid to launch it?
There is no better place than UConn, no better time than now to take this next step to launch your company this summer!
Program Overview & Dates (Summer 2020):Participants learn and apply new topics based on a weekly theme. The themes outlined below are subject to change based on the needs of each team accepted into the program.
|Week 1: Prepare to Launch (6/9, 6/10, 6/11)|
|Week 2: Market & Industry Analysis (6/16, 6/17, 6/18)|
|Week 3: Communicating Value, Brand Management & Marketing (6/23, 6/24, 6/25)|
|Week 4: Sales & Growth Strategy (6/30, 7/1, 7/2)|
|Week 5: Revenue, Cashflow, & Data Driven Decision making (7/14, 7/15, 7/16)|
|Week 6: Financing Strategies & Becoming Investor Ready (7/21, 7/22, 7/23)|
|Week 7: Scale & Launch (7/28, 7/29, 7/30)|
|Week 8: Next Step Resources, Refining Business Model & Program Finale (8/4, 8/5, 8/6)|
|Sessions are typically held between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (some early evening networking events or other activities may be scheduled). The program is held at CCEI's location in downtown Hartford (100 Constitution Plaza, Suite 301)|
Program Timing and Commitment
Join a Startup Team
This opportunity is open to students (undergraduate and graduate) who wish to be paired as the Entrepreneurial Leads (EL) to Summer Fellowship teams. You do not need to have your own idea or team, but rather if there is a need or interest by the teams accepted into our program, we will work to match candidates from this application process with those teams.
This opportunity allows for students to work directly with a real startup, learn about entrepreneurship as well as the approaches to entrepreneurship. This is a great way for students to build on the experiences they already have while learning entirely new approaches from hand on opportunities.