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Become a Verge Consultant:

Verge Consultants are graduate students that work with CCEI and Connecticut's SBDC to support startups and small businesses as they are overcoming the various hurdles of starting and growing their companies. Verge Consultants work together as a team to consult between 8-12 companies per summer in a variety of different industries, life cycles, challenges they face, and types of projects. Through a partnership with Connecticut Small Business Development Center, Verge Consultants get the opportunity to work directly with SBDC's business advisors to learn firsthand about consulting and supporting businesses. Consultants receive a stipend of $7,500 for 10 weeks of consulting between the end of May and the beginning of August.

Verge Consultants will:

  • Gain exposure and deliver solutions in multiple industries.
  • Experience working with companies across various business life cycles.
  • Work on Challenging projects that differ amongst each client.
  • Collaborate with a team of consultants that has diverse business backgrounds and a wide range of startup and consulting experience.
  • Build a resume of consulting experiences from 8-12 different client companies.

Become a Verge Client:

Are you a Connecticut-based startup or small business in need of pro-bono consulting services?

Verge Clients receive support from UConn graduate business students through the development of various components of their business. Verge Consultants work with clients to assess business needs, generate a project plan and scope of work that will ultimately support the client through their next phase of growth and development. Verge Consultants conduct extensive research and provide actionable solutions through comprehensive deliverables.

Verge Clients receive one-on-one assistance in the areas of:

  • Business model creation and planning
  • Market Research
  • Data analytics
  • Financial modeling
  • Competitive analysis
  • Technology consulting
  • Marketing strategy


Applications are now closed for the Summer 2022 program.

2020 Verge Consulting Final Presentation

Past Cohorts

Connecticut SBDC

Partnership with SBDC

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have been long-time partners in supporting Connecticut-based startups and small businesses. In 2018 the opportunity presented itself for the two centers to collaborate on a program that would provide hands-on business experience to a select group of students. The Verge Consulting initiative gives graduate business students the opportunity to work as advisors on special projects for UConn-affiliated businesses while being supported by both CCEI and SBDC staff.

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