Verge Consulting Program
Verge Consultants (VCs) are graduate and professional school students who work with CCEI, the UConn School of Law, and Connecticut's SBDC to help UConn startups overcome the hurdles of entrepreneurship. Through a partnership with Connecticut Small Business Development Center, Verge Consultants get the opportunity to work directly (with mentorship from SBDC) with UConn and Connecticut-based startups. Consultants receive a stipend of $5,000 for 12 weeks of consulting between May and August. The applications for the Summer 2019 cohort are now closed.
Verge Consultants Receive:
- Coaching from venture capitalists, angel investors and mentors
- Exposure to entrepreneurship
- Consulting experience with startups
- Course credit or a stipend of up to $5,000.
Verge Consultants Provide:
One-on-one assistance to entrepreneurs in the fields of:
- Business planning
- Financial modeling
- Strategy assistance
- Competitive assessments
- Market sizing
- Business model creation
- Marketing plan development
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. Two years ago 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.