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 for 10 weeks of consulting between the end of May and the beginning of August.



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 startup/consulting experience
Build a resume of consulting experiences from between 8-15 different clients

Past Cohorts

2023 Verge Consulting Final Presentations

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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