Scott Drozd ’02 (CLAS)


"When I was presented the opportunity to participate as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Summer Fellowship Program, I enthusiastically accepted.  Not only did it give me the ability to make an impact on student lives, it was personally rewarding to watch the incredible personal and professional growth of the students over the 8 week program.  As a mentor to these students, I personally improved my leadership ability through the process of teaching others."

Mario Leite ’98 (CLAS)

President/Founder, Tea-rrific Ice Cream

"As a UConn alum and entrepreneur, I have been actively trying to find ways to get involved with the school, and especially CCEI.  I think the Summer Fellowship program is a great program to help budding entrepreneurs start to develop their product or service into a real business startup.  I wish they had programs like this when I was at UConn.  So, if there is any way I can give back and help CCEI and the School of Business, I am happy to get involved!"

Rick Kollmeyer ’82 (CLAS)

Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

"For me, being part of the CCEI Summer Fellowship isn't just about giving back.  The teams would be surprised to know that I learn as much from them as they do from me!  I find it energizing to learn about new industries and to work with founding team members that feel as excited as I did back when I started my first company.  Additionally, I feel that I've made quite a few new friends.  That aside, I am so impressed with the accomplishments made throughout the 8-week program.  Michelle [Cote, Managing Director, CCEI] and the teams pushed these entrepreneurs hard, and by the end of the program, they were shining examples of what can be accomplished when you put your mind to it and have access to experienced mentors and other professionals to help guide you.  I'm eager to watch these companies continue their journey!"

Become a Mentor!

Starting a new venture is tough - entrepreneurs need all of the help they can get.  If you have skills and experience that you’d like to share, please consider becoming involved!  Please contact