360Alumni helps schools and nonprofits stay relevant by unlocking the potential of their alumni and donor networks. Our white-label communities are a simple, social solution to engagement, fundraising and data challenges faced by organizations of all sizes.
We signed 18 enterprise B2B clients, grew revenue by 200% and increased transaction processing volume by 317%.
We HAVE generated revenue
None in the last several years. We won a $10k CT NEXT EIA 5 or 6 years ago.
ACCESS is an acronym for Academic, College Counseling & Educational Success Services.
In 2018, Access Success relocated its office, changed its name, and rebranded to better represent all of the services we offer, including K-12 tutoring in all academic subjects and providing a full slate of ala carte academic courses to 9th-12th grade homeschoolers. Our new office is shared with ART Experience with whom we collaborate to offer several cross-curricular classes. We also grew our college counseling business and saw our revenue triple over the previous year's earnings.
ART Experience, Wamogo High School, Bethel Public Library, New Milford Library
Atelier Cho Thompson is a women-led multidisciplinary design and concept firm, breaking new ground in defining the role of architects for the future. Working between architecture, interiors, graphics, and strategy, our expertise and passions transcend the conventional boundaries between these disciplines, resulting in a richness borne of the cross-pollination of ideas and strategies from across this spectrum of design.
Founded by two women of color, we launched our office in New Haven in 2018 in the District. Our broad portfolio includes schools, businesses, and arts institutions; we help entrepreneurs and visionaries to bring their ideas to life through design. We will soon employ 5 designers working on projects in Connecticut and across the globe. We are now moving to a storefront office to further our mission to bring design to public life and to build community through the power of design.
We are a small independent bookstore that sells books, gifts and related greeting cards. We host author events, book groups, story time and community-focused literary events. We also supply books for non-profits and school classrooms.
We moved down the street in August to newly renovated space, which has proved to be a boost to business and exposure. We were blessed with an all-volunteer move. July's Where's Waldo in Bethel, a free town-wide scavenger hunt, generated over 1200 independent visits to 25 local businesses. Along with our annual Bookmark Contest, Independent Bookstore Day, Summer Reading and Small Business Saturday we created several opportunities to strengthen our relationship with the greater community.
We feely use our space for author events coordinated by the store. We include other events including those by the Audubon Society at Bent of the River, poetry Nights with Bethel's Poet Laureate and other CT poets, readings with local school children, Story Time on Wednesday mornings, Writing Workshops on Sundays and both a regular Book Group and a History Book Group. we do many off-site events as well for schools, libraries and non-profits.
CareerPath is a powerful mobile toolkit that signposts milestones to help students go from learning to doing. It's the bridge between schools and businesses, where talent becomes engaged, educated and perpared to launch their career.
In 2018 we raised $250k, developed significant relationships with an industry leading software firm and Connecticut Technology Council, helped create a huge success at Wheaton College, began developing our own content sets, including the Title IV compliant Financial Literacy toolkit, and laid the foundation for a very large rollout in the very near future.
ReSet Social Enterprise, Connecticut Technology Council, The Makery, WCSU
Employee Benefit Brokerage and General Agency
After buying out my partners on 12/31/17, we went into product development. In July of 2018, we launched the Compass Plan, a limited medical insurance plan used to recruit and retain front line staff in high turnover industries. The Compass Plan, with a cost starting at $1/hr for a full time employee, was immediately endorsed by the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Six months into the program, it's generating over $10k/mo in new revenue.
Being able to network and learn from other professionals at the Hartford Club has been extremely valuable to me. With other successful entrepreneurs, start ups, individuals with expertise in and out of my industry to lean on... it has given me the opportunity to avoid many mistakes that are commonly made on start up programs.
"Create A Castle molds give families a fun and frustration-free way of building elaborate castles, towers and whatever else you can dream up, in the sand or snow! All without struggling to use the traditional one dimensional sand molds and builds can be done quickly. The molds are buckets that are pre-molded with a detailed brick pattern that can be filled with sand/snow from the top instead of the bottom. Then you simply split the mold apart instead of lifting it, creating a beautiful castle."
"Summer's Hottest Toy on Live with Kelly and Ryan. Chris Byrne, ""The Toy Guy"" featured our product, did a review and interview on TTPM.comSigned deal with QVC for July 2019Received Official Utility PatentPitch at STORY in NYC in front of Adam Glassman (Oprah magazine creative director), Tony Spring (CEO of Bloomingdales) and Rachel Shechtman (founder of STORY)In 50 retailers throughout the country, ie. Fat Brain Toys and barnesandnoble.comRecorded radio show iHeart Radio"
"- Working with Nelson Merchan, a Business Advisor with CTSBDC.- Continued to create local awareness, utilizing The Makery in New Milford (a co-working space), the local newspaper, New Milford Parks and Rec Dept, New Milford FB pages- Multiple articles published in The News Times-Radio and Local Cable TV Show with Gregory Dwyer - motivational speaker-Received national coverage on the What's New Dr. Frank Segments on Great Day Washington twice and KDKA-TV | CBS in Pittsburgh"
"We write original - and, yes, creative- original content for law firms across the country. Blogs, web sites, social media, and non-fiction books. Everything we can to reflect our clients personalities. "
"A recent NYTimes article showed that the average writer in the US earns @$21,000/year. Closer to $6,000 if you remove the usual best sellers. We have found a way to earn much more and add a COO, and, soon, additional writers."
"Our COO was the 2017 valedictorian of UConn Law School. We are planning an office in Hartford that we hope to model on the old newspaper models - desks, editors, etc"
The CT Film Initiative provides a platform for showcasing creative strengths of East Coast filmmakers through the production, promotion, and marketing of high-quality original films.Through our Film For Therapy movement, we create films that raise awareness for social causes, while simultaneously promoting a call to action. We are partnering with organizations across the state to collaborate on projects of a variety of genres, including PSA's andDocumentaries that advocate for social change.
CTFI partnered with CT businesses Tricircle, Inc and CT-ALIVE to produce documentary style pieces highlighting their missions. We had 254 creatives join our initiative, and pride ourselves on the tremendous human capital of our newest advisors, including: an established producer, entertainment attorney and Emmy winner, all residing in CT. CTFI brought paying film jobs to CT, ran a successful merchandise campaign, surpassed production funding goals, and joined the US Women's Chamber of Commerce.
As a female owned business, the experience of attending a conference of seminars and networking workshops at the Business Women's Forum with Speaker Bethenny Frankel was invaluable.CTFI wasgenerously offered meeting spaces at performing arts studios in Meriden and Hamden along with an invitation to present our mission to the Beacon Falls Youth Theater Group. We are grateful to have received donations from CT businesses including the Hartford Yard Goats, Ski Mt Southington and Pottery Piazza.
"Encaptivate your audience and convert them to customers, donors or fans BEFORE they leave the room with encaptiv's all-in-one interactive presentation, sales and marketing platform."
"Debuted our MVP at a TEDx in March. Launched our beta product in December and got ~100 users in the first 2 weeks. Accepted to InventLab program. Won CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards in September. Won Startupalooza in October. Raised $100k friends and family money. Filed a provisional patent, in the process of filing our non-provisional patent. Filed 3 brand trademarks - 2 approved, 1 pending. "
InventLab; CTNext; Innovate Stamford; SCORE; the greater Fairfield County entrepreneurial community at large
Clinically Validated Digital Therapeutics for Diabetes. We are pioneering the prescription of Apps instead of Pills for Type 2 diabetes prevention and management
Successful 2nd Clinical validation, awarding of Patent Algorithms for Diabetes Exercise Therapy, Revenue generation for customers in over 30 countries, Received endorsement from the American Diabetes Association as the recommended digital fitness therapeutic for diabetes, raised $2.75m dollars in Venture financing.
CT Innovations, CT Next, CT SBIP, Science Park in New Havren, MRI fund of the Community foundation of Greater New Haven
"a line of 100% natural & vegan skincare, lovingly handcrafted in Connecticut. Leaping Bunny and PETA certified as cruelty-free and vegan."
Participated in reSET's 2018 Impact Accelerator. Doubled wholesale business.
reSET's Impact Accelerator program.
Goatboy Soaps, founded in 2001, manufacturers handmade Goat's Milk Soap in approximately 30 fragrances. We use our own fresh, whole goats milk and quality oils to produce a high end product at an affordable price.
2018 has been an exciting year for Goatboy Soaps. We have seen tremendous growth in all areas. Online, Wholesale and Retail sales have all been record breaking. Also, we are thrilled to be partnering with Big Y World Class Markets; initial sales in local stores are incredible. In addition to local donations we have been successful in supporting a small village in Uganda and have almost completed the construction of their new school, simply by donating our soap scraps and mentoring them.
From the start, the CT Dept of Agriculture has been a huge help. The Farmer's Markets and CT Grown program. CT Agricultural Fairs, The CT Garlic Festival, Earth Day in Woodbury, Local Farm Stands, New Milford Chamber of Commerce, Village Fair Days, State Rep. Bill Buckbee, Mayor Pete Bass, The Makery, never saying no to a donation or an opportunity to bring our baby goats to an event/nursing home/preschool. Meet your customer!
Green Check is a RegTech platform that makes it easy for cannabis businesses and financial institutions to document and monitor the compliance activities needed to foster stable, productive banking partnerships.
We closed a SAFE round of funding which fueled team growth (now up to 14 FTEs) and launched our automated compliance platform. We secured the endorsement of the CT Credit Union League, established our national advisory board, and kicked off our national Go-To-Market strategy.
We HAVE NOT any generated revenue
NewHaven.io, Science Park Innovation Hub, SCSU and Uconn computer science departments, CT MIT Enterprise Forum, District
"Help Me Health? ignites culture change in healthcare using our proprietary, innovative patient experience training for doctors, nurses and staff. When healthcare service delivery is aligned with patient needs and expectations patient outcomes improve, patient and staff satisfaction increase and greater financial efficiency is realized. People working in healthcare discover what is in their control and become empowered to make immediate changes. "
"Deep experience in other industries enabled us to rapidly respond with solutions for healthcare. In January the contract was signed and the development phase began on an innovative training program. By April we completed a review phase with healthcare leaders and made revisions based on their input. We were given rave reviews when we piloted the program with doctors, nurses and staff in May. Program delivery commenced in June ?18 with 95% of the attendees rating the training ?highly effective.?"
"Connecticut Technology Council, Score, CT. Hospital Association, CT. Health Council"
InsurTech Hartford is a community-supported platform serving to advance the insurance industry through innovation and entrepreneurship, aiming to enrich lives and promote economic growth.
We had 9 events last year which provided Hundreds of local Hartford insurance professionals informative information. We attended 6 national industry events to help promote Hartford as a place for InsurTech companies to establish and do business. Our team is now 6 people strong.We attracted 10 startups to Hartford and helped establish new ones.
Upward Hartford has been a strong supporter of the community.
Lactation Innovations' mission is to provide technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers. Our first product, Manoula, is an in-home-use medical device providing mothers and providers accurate, convenient, and safe detection of the quantity of breastmilk ingested by an infant during breastfeeding. Manoula provides insight into an infant's nutritional intake to relieve anxiety and to provide appropriate support to promote optimal breastfeeding.
- Submitting the IP filing (patent)- Developing the regulatory pathway - Started second feasibility device design- Connecting with key stakeholders in the community for key product input- Submitted for 5+ grants- Established development plan and initial product use and market requirements- Added key team members and established key development partners
- Members of Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition - Collaborating with engineering and business in state of Connecticut- Inspiring innovation in students at University of Connecticut School of Nursing & Medical School - Promoting healthy breastfeeding and optimal health for mothers and infants in Connecticut and nationwide
We are a company that designs a series of stacking toys made out of wood-plastic composite. The toys are designed for children in the 3-5 year age range, and at the moment consist of a series of toy trucks which have a common base and use interchangeable parts.
Before 2018, we only sold our toys in the United States, but in 2018 we expanded into Europe with a Belgium-based partner; in addition, we also got safety testing certification to allow us to sell our toys elsewhere overseas, including Australia and Japan.
The Danbury Innovation Center and the Connecticut Small Business Development Center helped us get started, and the STEAM fairs hosted by the Danbury Library and Innovation Center helped us with sales, name recognition, and product testing.
"We are an all natural gourmet cookie and gift basket company. We have over 100 recipes that we rotate seasonally. We have been selected the BEST cookies in Ct. and were one of 22 small businesses asked to represent the best of CT businesses on capitol hill. We specialize in working with small businesses to create a strategic gift program to help them grow, retain customer loyalty and increase referrals. "
"We started in 2014, and in 2015 we opened our first store. In 2017 we added a food truck. In 2018 we opened a second store at the Shops At Yale. We have 10 employees that we are very proud of!!"
While we seem like a chocolate company, Noteworthy Chocolates is actually in the Appreciation Business. We create beautiful and sustainable gift experiences with personalized chocolate that help people and businesses connect, celebrate, and appreciate. Engraved chocolates that mention people and companies by name are enjoyed as gifts for employee appreciation, referrals, and holidays. Special occasion favors and personal gifts are even more thoughtful with custom engraved Fair Trade chocolate.
We completed the reSET Accelerator program as one of 5 finalists in the Startup Showcase. We had a 20% increase in revenue with a 35% customer reorder rate. Found market fit in the financial industry, leading to our largest sale to date. We became bankable and gained advisors to guide us with sales and marketing. Featured on Better CT. Contracted help to handle our backend office, and trained people to make and engrave chocolate allowing us to focus on business development, sales and marketing.
In 2018 we graduated from the reSET Accelerator in Hartford (2018 cohort). We were invited to and joined the inaugural cohort of Food'NBev Connect (Fairfield County). As always, the Danbury Hackerspace/Innovation Center, the CT SBDC, and CEDF have been essential support. Working with the Bethel Public schools and Ben's Bells, an NPO focused on kindness education, we were able to be a source of mutual support as we created fundraisers with them and raised over $1500 for arts and education.
WE ARE AN INNOVATIVE EXTERIOR CONTRACTING COMPANY ORIENTED IN PROVIDING OUR CONNECTICUT CUSTOMERS WITH QUALITY SERVICES AND OUTSTANDING CUSTOMER SERVICE.
"2018 HAS BEEN THE CONSOLIDATION OF OUR BUSINESS IN CT. SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS INCLUDE ACHIEVING AN ""A"" RATING WITH THE BBB,REACHING ""ELITE"" STATUS IN THE HOME ADVISOR PLATFORM, INCREMENTING A 30% IN SALES AND EXPANDING INTO NEW HAVEN TO BECOME PART OF THE ""DRIVE"" COMMUNITY."
"THE GAF ""CARE"" PROGRAM PROVIDED US WITH TRAINING TO BECOME CERTIFIED CONTRACTORS. ABC ""COLLEGE OF KNOWLEDGE"" PROVIDED US WITH LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT TRAINING TO BETTER MANAGE OUR BUSINESS AND THE DRIVE COMMUNITY IN NEW HAVEN HAS GIVING US AN OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENT TO GROW AND LEARN FROM OTHER BUSINESSES IN OUR AREA."
The academic team at Reis Learning Center has been providing support to students for 5 years now - celebrating the milestone on February 7th of this year. In that time, the dedicated staff has worked 1:1 on individualized goals for students with focus on increasing their academic knowledge and self confidence. The teaching approach is founded on fostering self avocation skills and equipping learners with positive self talk in order to help students internalize the belief that they can succeed.
RLC instructors create an inviting atmosphere where students know they are partners in their programs. In 2018, RLC has maintained its track record of increasing every students' exam prep scores (SAT and ACT for college entrance and SSAT for private high school admissions). Additionally, students often return to work on their applications and the pivotal essays that accompany them. Together, we wait anxiously for news of students' acceptances, which are often accompanied by scholarship awards.
American Sign Language classes welcomed hearing and deaf participants and opened up communication among strangers of diverse backgrounds. We not only learn how to communicate with our hands, we learn to listen with our eyes. Deaf culture teaches us to let our walls down. We become sensitive to reading emotions and accept this form of communicating, which, for some, is the only way. What better to teach our children, our adults, our society? Let us all connect more.? - ASL Instructor, Nicole.
"Scroll is a software development company that ensures data is both secure and accessible, by providing data administration, and transfer alternatives to return data ownership to its maintainers. The Scroll Suite provides businesses the ability dismantle the core contributor to data leaks, and breaches, while optimizing turnaround time, automating data record-keeping, and generating actionable insights so that the return is more time for the company to accomplish more."
The development team was increased from just a few developers to two big team of developers; Marketing team was added to as well; successful token sale for the cryptocurrency SCRL; Moved into an office space; second year anniv; first client hallmark; Seed Funding
District New Haven (Drive Co-working Space) & Peabody Museum Evolutions Program
"SecureRF's quantum-resistant security protects sensors and embedded processors now powering the Internet of Things. Company protocols provide identification, authentication and data protection for device-to-device connectivity used by industrial platforms, high-value supply chains, automobiles, smart cards, and payment platforms. SecureRF sells worldwide through its partner's channels that include Intel, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, SiFive, Synopsis, ARM, and Infineon. "
"SecureRF was chosen to protect the world's most advanced AI chip for automobiles. It won ARM's Innovation Award for Best Contribution to IoT Security and Linley Groups Analyst Choice Award for Best Technology in Silicon Valley. Dr. Iris Anshel, SecureRF's Chief Scientist, was recognized as ?One of the 20 Most Powerful Women in the Tech World by AIThority alongside Ginni Rometty of IBM and Shery Sandberg of Facebook and engineering team was runner-up for ARM's ""Design Team of the Year."" "
"SecureRF has used CT Tech Talent Bridge, Export Assistance = SBA STEP - State Trade Expansion Program for marketing/sales efforts in the EU and recently in China with our partner Intel, the Small Business Incubator Program, and the CT NEXT Innovation Voucher."
The Two Oh Three is Connecticut's local lifestyle brand. We're a homegrown start-up company started by a brother-sister duo with a passion for our home state. We sell high-quality, locally created, CT themed merchandise & apparel to provide a tangible way for customers to rock their state pride.Our strong social following allows us to act as a resource for locals. We constantly collaborate with other businesses whose missions align with ours to bring the community together in unique ways.
Received award for Connecticut's 40 under 40, presented by Connecticut Magazine. State Champs- SCORE's American Small Business Championships. Began selling to Bed Bath & Beyond/Christmas Tree Shop stores. Increased revenue stream by 21%Grew online social following to over 25,000. Doubled retail distribution. Grew team by 4 members to help streamline marketing & partnership endeavors. Showcased at 88 events throughout the state. Expanded business model to include intricate brand ambassador program
In 2018 we became members of B:Hive Co-Working space which has been a fantastic resource for us as entrepreneurs. The power of co-working amazing & we will never go back!We were state champions for SCORE's American Small Business Awards which connected us with a SCORE's resources, classes & events. We were invited & attended SCORE's networking conference in Reno, NV. We collaborated with Stamford Innovation Week and we were invited to give a speech at the SiW Entrepreneur Symposium.
Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park is the first of its' kind unharnessed destination with Ninja elements, challenge obstacles, climbing walls, zip lines, laser tag, arcade, competition video gaming, ax throwing, and birthday parties. All of the elements are over stunt airbags.
We opened in August and it has been very successful. We employ over 60 people in our 26,000 sq. ft destination. We are completing the process of franchising the park and we are creating new elements and features to continue to make Thrillz cutting edge.
The members at the Danbury Innovation center have been integral in helping us succeed.
Torigen is developing innovative cancer treatments for the 8 million companion animals diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Our current vaccine platform is an autologous approach, utilizing a portion of the patient's own tumor to create a series of vaccines provided back to the animal to stimulate their immune system against the cancer. We are expanding this platform and hoping to help as many pets as we can!
In 2018, we raised over $2.3M, to close the final round in the first few days of 2019. We have added 4 FT employees since the start of 2019, but used 2018 as a strategic build to put our technology first and grow! In 2018, we were named the top animal health innovation and our CEO was named a leading woman of innovation in the state and country. We had nearly $100K of revenue in 2018, and are set to multiply that this year. Torigen is extremely excited to have the support of Connecticut!
From Connecticut Innovations to the TIP program at UConn, we have flourished within the entrepreneurship community in Connecticut. We have sponsored research with UConn, and are greatly expanding this relationship. Torigen would not be where we are today without the support of CT!
"Untapped Potential Inc. added key team members: Jean Mix, Talent Development and Jennifer Frederick, Client Management and Sue Ollested, Event Planning. UP grew ~50% after a year of 100% growth following our profitable MVP. Key milestone was establishing Enterprise/Cohort Agreements with Fortune 50 and Global Firms. We developed key Partner Relationships. Most importantly nearly 200 benefit from UP?s community of support while more than 50 top-female-talent launched to their caliber!"
"Women's Business Center, CTSBDC, reSET, Upward Hartford."
"Valisure is an online pharmacy attached to an analytical laboratory where all medications are batch-tested and delivered to patients with a certificate of analysis. With ~80% of drugs in the US manufactured in India or China and the FDA recording ~3 drug recalls a day, additional quality control is more important than ever. Founded by Yale alumni personally affected by medication variability issues, Valisure works to bring quality, consistency and transparency to consumers at no additional cost."
Raised $3M in oversubscribed Seed Round and successfully launched in 32 states. Hired CSO from directorship at Yale and CCO from VP at top NYC PR firm. Obtained contract with Caremark for access to 93M insured patients. Filed a patent for medication validation processes and received a favorable patent novelty and inventiveness report on a 2017 patent. Published scientific paper featured in the Washington Post: 'Rapid Release' Tylenol Gelcaps are Slower to Dissolve than Cheaper Tablets.
The CT Pharmacy Commission and DCP Drug Control were extremely helpful in building the first ever combination of pharmacy and analytical laboratory. A network of 4 different drug licenses were needed and an FDA inspection confirmed no other such entity exists in the US. Job training assistance grants from CT's Capital Workforce Partners helped tremendously in expanding Valisure's workforce. Science Park Development Corporation helped uniquely arrange both retail and lab space together.
"VigorSential LLC aims to develop natural and effective prevention and treatment regimens for diseases caused by the special bacteria, Mycoplasma bovis. M. bovis causes pneumonia, mastitis and arthritis, contributing to the top 2 health problems in cattle. However, most antibiotics are ineffective (bacteria have no cell-well). Vaccines are not consistently effective (bacteria change quickly). Our products can also be adopted to other animals, each species has their own pathogenic mycoplasmas."
"On the business side, received training and seed funds from AccelerateUCONN and CCEI; an EIA award from CTNext; gained attention from the top 4 animal health companies. For R&D, continued in vitro test of our regimens; submitted an SBIR Phase I proposal; initiated animal trials in the mouse model; initiated collaboration to package our products by nanotechnology. On the personnel side, secured commitment from an MBA as our leader if funded with SBIR; gained 3 veterinarians as collaborators. "
UCONN's AccelerateUCONN program; Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; CTNext.
Founded in 2009, Votto Vines Importing is a dynamic family-operated business headquartered in Hamden, Connecticut focusing on the importation, marketing and distribution of fine wines produced by leading vineyards around the world as well as development of innovative private label and proprietary brands. Votto Vines has experienced rapid growth since its inception, and has been featured in the Inc 500/5000, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Wine Enthusiast.
In 2009, we had gross revenue of $100,000 on sales of ~1,000 cases and in 2018 we achieved gross revenue of ~ $40M on sales of ~350,000 cases so we've come a long way in ten years. We also earned a place on the 2018 Inc 500/5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in America for the fifth straight year and continued expanding our footprint across the United States.
In terms of local resources and support, the most significant was a grant that we received from the State of Connecticut in 2016. This was invaluable as we relocated our headquarters and added head-count to our local team. Our CEO, Mike Votto, has been a guest lecturer at Quinnipiac and involved with the entrepreneurial curriculum at UNH. We've also been helped by key people in the Connecticut entrepreneurial ecosystem like Matt McCooe, Gary Breitbart and Mike Roer, among many others.
The concept of Workspace Collective is derived from the idea of collaboration in the form of a curated brick and mortar storefront. One of the core elements we hold to is reinventing retail shopping landscape by implementing experience-rich opportunities along with a variety of product offerings in-store that include customization and personalization. We work with designers who take pride in their craftsmanship, interact transparently, and focus on sustainability.
In 2018, Workspace Collective hosted a large-scale fashion show (Danbury Fashion Week), welcomed new designers, sponsored workshops, publicized activities located in downtown Danbury that supported economic development, and continued the promotion of one-of-a-kind products made by hand by artisans who believe in sustainability.
What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources (spaces, programs, events, schools, etc.) have helped you succeed? (<500 characters) *Since starting up the business, we have had a great list of resources that continuously help us to succeed. The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, E.R.I.C @TheGarage, SBDC, Danbury Hackerspace, City Center Danbury, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, The Danbury Library and Fashion Revolution, to name a few.
Yimello has a mission to make being healthy easy and convenient. We create all natural, non GMO smoothie pouches with no sugars, preservatives or any artificial products added. We have three smoothie blends which are 8oz's of perfectly portioned IQF fruit. Simply empty out a Yimello bag, add 8oz of your favorite liquid, blend and enjoy a 16oz smoothie!
We have grown Yimello from a food truck serving smoothies around the shoreline, to a product that can be found on the shelves on Big Y, other grocery stores in the North East, and food service outlets around New England. We have partnered with the two largest food service distributors in the county to explore outlets such as schools, restaurants, coffee shops, and healthcare facilities. We grew our sales by 100% last year. In 2016, Kostas won the Connecticut Global Student Entrepreneur Awards.
Being a student at Quinnipiac, I was able to compete in pitch competitions, and utilize the incredible resources that my professors had.
A dynamic fitness hub for those who value innovation, efficiency, and no b.s, the DAC offers five different types of group and one-on-one training programs.
Natrion's revolutionary new solid-state sodium-ion battery is optimized for bringing 24/7 reliability to new renewable energy systems. These include residential or commercial as well as utility/power grid applications. The versatility of Natrion?s battery is derived from its safe, long-lasting chemistry and cost-effective materials. This gives Natrion the ability to provide more power for less money as battery size increases in comparison to conventional lithium-ion systems.
Natrion was founded by six students at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT in September 2017. After winning the LaunchX high school startup incubator's New England Demo Day and patenting in April 2018, they decided to incorporate Natrion in July 2018. Natrion seeks to license its technology to renewable power grid installers, and is already at a stage where it can provide energy storage for $500/kWh, as compared to the prior industry best of $810/kWh.
Natrion has benefited from a number of the amazing entrepreneurial opportunities offered by CT. Its origins can be traced back to a business startup club at Greenwich High School; Natrion first came before investors at a Startupalooza event in Stamford in June 2018, and met its key advisor at a One Million Cups community event in Stamford October 2018. Natrion has also been helped by the resources of UCONN's Werth Institute and the expertise of Fairfield County's renewable energy installers.
Amy LaBossiere is an author, entrepreneur, and award-winning, intuitive artist. She is a driven small business owner, creative thinker and has a long-lived hobby of acting and voiceover work. She is managing partner of Still Waters Bed and Breakfast Retreat Center and Administrative Director of Art of Tao LaBossiere LLC, a marketing consultant, and holistic health coach. Amy volunteers as co-director of Hartford ArtSpace Gallery.
An accomplished tech entrepreneur and leader, Greenawalt has successfully built two Inc. 500 SaaS (software as a service) businesses. Most recently, he was CEO of Continuity, a pioneer in the Regulatory Technology industry, and he remains chairman of its board. Prior to Continuity, Greenawalt founded Perimeter eSecurity, now part of BAE Systems, serving as CEO and CTO and on its board. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in Philosophy and Cognitive Linguistics.
Our goal is to provide marketing and business development services to small businesses - including the smallest of businesses such as artists, makers, independent entrepreneurs and start-ups - by leveraging readily available technology to help set them up for success with streamlined, consolidated systems and automation that allow them to work smarter, not harder, while gaining the visibility they deserve.
So much was accomplished in this first year of operation. With the goal of creating a collective of trusted experts and service providers, we joined forces with designers, photographers and consultants to provide a one-stop shop for our clients. Thanks to the power of the collective, we were able to take long-standing local businesses to the next level (www.alittlesomethingbakery.com) and launch new ventures (www.leadermom.com), while strengthening the small business community around us.
West Hartford Co-Working has been an amazing partner in our success and ability to reach the community and expand our outreach.
Torigen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is leading the pack in canine immuno-oncology. It is estimated that 8 million companion animals are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and over 47% of all dogs over the age of 10 will die from cancer. Torigen?s autologous cancer immunotherapeutic is personalized and developed for individual animals by using their own tumor cells to create the treatment.
We have treated over 250 companion animals diagnosed with cancer alone in 2018-- with nearly half of those patients in the last quarter. We successfully raised $2.3M in equity financing, completing our Series A, allowing us to add on to our growing team and position Torigen as a growing leader. In addition, we were named the 2018 Top Animal Health Innovation and a Million Dollar Woman company!
We are currently based at UCONN TIP in Farmington-- the resources there have connected us to investors, suppliers and amazing contacts. Additionally, we have a great collaboration with UConn professor, Dr. Larry Silbart, who we have a great collaboration with. Others include TECHConn, Connecticut Innovations, CT Angel Investment Forum, the UConn Innovation Fund, TIP mentors. I would not be where I am without the support of the CT ecosystem!!
"Be As You Wear is the first apparel company in the US to provide an affordable homegrown hoodie and basic outfit that is 100% unique and customizable. Our signature totem is a handrawn and embroidered heart symbolizing the aegis of Athena, who was the mythological protector of wisdom and weaving, especially during or in the aftermath of war. 40% of our gross revenues fund arts & and adventure immersion for kids aged 14-18 who are at risk of dropping out of school or life."
"In 2018, we solidified our relationship with a private label manufacturer in NY state, which doubled our retail sales. We launched our wholesale line and delivered dozens of custom garments to yoga studios, martial arts schools, and tradespeople who share our commitment to solving the overdose crisis. We developed relationships with National Iron Bank and Rotary Clubs to build robust ?beyond? school micro immersions in transformational voice and singing, horseback riding, and Alpine Skiing "
"Our major focus in 2018 was to support the growth of partnerships between public and private entities to increase access for all students in Litchfield County to the area?s abundant arts and adventure opportunities. Our revenues supported the work of 12 individual teachers wishing to integrate yoga and mindfulness practice, and we are poised to offer schools a full curriculum to address the social and emotional well-being of students who are underperforming due to the effects of addiction. "
Barkel McClane Photography captures moments that reflect high quality images to last a lifetime.These images can be viewed on walls, tables or desktops. My mission is to attract clients in my studio neighborhood and other surroundings towns. I bring affordable prices to clients that might think they can not afford a professional image. I love to meet clients, establish a working relationship and assist them in their photograph needs.
I had a phenomenal 2018. I opened my own photography studio. I took many lessons to advance Barkel McClane Photography into a creative journey i I maintained positive connection with potential contacts. I studied under a photographer instructor and asked a photographer to mentor me through my photography journey. I practice as often as I can at my studio and outdoors.I hired an assistant and have a volunteer who interns. They both bring unique and diversity to Barkel McClane Photography.
Chamber of Commerce in Middletown CT, has many programs that help you becoming more successful in your business.I had the opportunity of taking Quick books course, Business Side Street to Main Street, it's a 12week program designed to assist you getting your business off the ground..Business plans, Financial assistance programs, Grant writing, etc.The program was free,and you were hand picked by the investors. Eversource, Liberty Bank are some of the the investors.
B Trendy Events is an Event Management/Planning company that implements your vision with our creativity into a memorable occasion that reflects style with close attention to detail--so no event is too big or too small! Using elements of creativity and sophistication to deliver 100% satisfaction!
Recipient of the 100 Women Of Color Awards 2018; Nominee of the CT Fashion/Music Awards 2018; Received the Go Getter Award for Black People Rock Honors 2018
Pryceless Consulting; SCORE;Black Wall Street 2015/2016; The Urban Professional Network(The UPN); Small Business Night Out (SBNO)
Lactation Innovation's mission is to provide technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers.Our first product, Manoula, is an in-home-use medical device providing mothers and providers accurate, convenient, and safe detection of the quantity of breastmilk ingested by an infant during breastfeeding. Manoula provides insight into an infant?s nutritional intake to relieve anxiety and to provide appropriate support to promote optimal breastfeeding.
- Members of the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition - Supporting innovation in students at University of Connecticut Medical School and Nursing School - Supporting maternal-infant health in the state of Connecticut - Partnering with key development partners, such as engineering, in the state of Connecticut
"UP captures and readies top-female-talent seeking work-life success. Whether seeking work-life balance or taking a break for caregiving, UP ensures Candidates skills and experience are valued. A two-sided event-driven model we deliver experienced professional women to entities seeking to grow their pipeline for senior roles and improve gender equity via our Flexreturn engagement. "
"In 2018, UP executed enterprise and cohort agreements with Fortune 50 Companies, grew at 50%, following a year of 100% growth. We have garnered the attention of brand named companies while supporting one candidate at a time and having over 200 in our UP Community. Launching Candidates in Finance Ops, Marketing, Engineering and IT PM, our Clients save ~$30K onboarding through our Flexreturn method. It is a win-win. "
"Women's Business Center of Hartford, CtSBDC, reSET, Upward Hartford."
Fitscript offers clinically-validated digital fitness therapeutics for diabetes prevention and management. Our flagship product, GLUCOSEZONE, has been adopted around the globe and is poised to disrupt healthcare by offering individualized, bio-metrically driven guidance to help people reduce, reverse and control their diabetes.
Patent received: Issued patent: Algorithms for Diabetes Exercise Therapy, Endorsement from the American Diabetes Association, Multiple Insurance and provider contracts to provide services to those in need.
One Plug Entertainment is a boutique style events service. We provide the highest quality in DJ/MC and Photo Booth services. Our business works with couples and families to create memories on their special day. One Plug provides a worry free solution for celebration and events. We make more than music we make memories.
We have contentiously doubled our growth in sales profits and bookings. All by boot strapping all expenses to fund and start business.
"Danbury Score, ctsbdb, Brookfield Chamber, Danbury YP group"
Art is a tool for healing, creating community conversation and breaking down walls to opportunities.
2018 was an amazing year welcoming dozens of artists into the public eye. One chance meeting of a young and talented outsider let to a series of exhibitions - aes-thet-ics 2018 created from nothing by an unknown creative with a vision of different perspectives. Crimson ART Box was able to mentor these outsider artists and bring to the public and exciting, engaging and energy charges view of the world. Once living on a park bench to college student and ready to take on the world.
Office of Neighborhood and Family/Gallery 153 and WORK_SPACE/Gallery 901
"360Alumni is a comprehensive suite of Engagement & fundraising tools for higher education and nonprofits. We offer a simple, social solution that empowers the end users to unlock the potential of their alumni networks. "
"In 2018 we signed 18 diverse enterprise clients, increased revenue by 198%, and increased donations and event ticket sales for our clients by 317%. "
Potentiometric Probes is a UConn Health spin-off company founded by three faculty members in 2017 with the goal of commercializing special technology with applications in brain and heart health as well as drug safety. By advancing this technology, Potentiometric Probes hopes to better equip those who are on the cutting edge of research into disorders such as Alzheimer's and autism, as well as those part of a new initiative to prevent serious side effects of new pharmaceuticals.
Potentiometric Probes received their first NIH small business grant in 2018 to develop a new voltage-sensitive dye technology that promises to deliver excellent response speed and unprecedented sensitivity. A patent application for this technology is currently being submitted. The team was expanded in 2018 to include a new Master's level organic chemist in order to accelerate the company's research and commercialization activities.
Potentiometric Probes joined UConn TIP (Farmington) in 2017, which has been instrumental in the company?s development and success securing federal grant funding. Connecticut Innovations/CTNext has provided valuable support through BiopipelineCT and the Technology Transfer Bridge for internships.
"Mindset and success coaching. Primarily works with under performing service based businesses focusing on mindset and helping the owner uncover the mental blocks keeping them from success. Also teach the 5 skills to build a solid foundation for the business: messaging, packaging, pricing, sales, and mindset. "
"Successful live events: Clear the Fear, Smash Through Your Money Fears, and Level Up Live. Grew client base 20%"
"helped one private business grow their revenue by 600%, one by 400%, reach $2,000 weeks in 90 days, helped multiple CT businesses start generating revenue "
YouCOMM LLC is a Connecticut healthcare IT startup that has developed a digital health application to streamline the patient-caregiver communication. Through a tablet platform that can be utilized completely hands-free, the solution presented is especially conducive for patients with communication or motor disorders, and allows monitoring of patient-caregiver assignment while improving patient care, safety, and satisfaction.
Established LLC, Filed for two provisional patents, Successful pilot study at UConn's own infirmary, 1st place in Innovation Quest, Representation in the CCEI Summer Fellowship, Accepted to the Technology Incubation Program (TIP)
In no particular order: Innovation Quest, CT Next, Accelerate UConn, Score (Hartford Chapter), CCEI, UConn TIP, XCellR8, InnovateHealth Yale, Connecticut Innovations, Rooke and Associates, UConn Student Health Services and John Dempsey Hospital.
"Obtained $3M in funding for Valisure in oversubscribed Seed Round and successfully launched, in 32 states, first online Analytical Pharmacy. Obtained contract with Caremark for access to 93M insured patients. Filed 2 patents, one for medication validation processes, one for a radically new coffee brewing system that both grinds and brews simultaneously. Published scientific paper featured in the Washington Post: 'Rapid Release' Tylenol Gelcaps are Slower to Dissolve than Cheaper Tablets. "
The CT Pharmacy Commission and DCP Drug Control were extremely helpful in building the first ever combination of pharmacy and analytical laboratory. A network of 4 different drug licenses were needed and an FDA inspection confirmed no other such entity exists in the US. Job training assistance grants from CT's Capital Workforce Partners helped tremendously in expanding Valisure's workforce. Science Park Development Corporation helped uniquely arrange both retail and lab space together.
"Our mission is to provide knowledgeable, experienced, and affordable back-office administrative management and financial operational services to companies that want to focus on their core business operations and realize cost savings and greater efficiencies of routine yet critical financial and administrative operations. Beyond bookkeeping services Benay provides day-to-day supervision of all accounts, and replaces routine yet critical financial and operational functions."
"In 2018 our gross income grew by over 12%, we acquired 25% more clients and increased our staff by 2 people. We are closing in our target to gross over $1M by 2020."
"Being part of the social, educationally and economic business community of the greater Danbury area has opened doors for our company to succeed as well as give back to the community. Through board and organizational engagement as well as offering internships to almost all of the CT state colleges, we?ve been able to educate and give needed real-world experience for dozens of student and future entrepreneurs. By giving we?ve gained so very much over the past 30+ years."
To create a natural plant derived product to prevent pneumonia and lung diseases in cattle caused specifically by Mycoplasma Bovis.
"Cell trials completed and first part of animal testing almost completed (product R&D). Participated in Accelerate Uconn, CCEI summer fellowship, Wolff New Venture competition, and EIA pitch night (won judges favorite). We have also gained two new researchers and a business lead. "
"Accelerate Uconn, CCEI summer fellowship, Wolf New Venture Competition, EIA pitch night. "
Makeup Studio that offers makeup applications for all occasions, makeup classes professional and personal and makeup products to purchase in store and online.
In 2017 my business went from operating out of my house to a store front, offering product, services and classes. As well as expanding with makeup artist working under me.
I have participated in the Bridgeport Art fest and Art Counts Career Day in Bridgeport that has allowed me to gain exposure. I've also participated 3yrs in a row as a speaker in Stratfords Schools Career Day.
Hugo & Hoby is a furniture company that partners with our country's best fabricators to build custom, sustainable and locally made furniture for exceptional brands and spaces. Inspired by our grandfathers, Hugo Kukelhaus and Hoby Young, both designers, crafters, and environmentalists, our goal is to celebrate the talented craftspeople we work with, tell the stories of the unique places where each piece is made, and help brands reinforce their unique mission and style though their furnishings.
- Grew our revenues 6x in 2018.- Built the custom furniture for many exciting brands - including Yale Law School, Patagonia, Starbucks, HMSHost, District New Haven, Domino Magazine, and Elkus Manfredi Architects- Opened a second office and warehouse in Washington, D.C.- Donated over $15K this year to environmental non-profits through our partnership with 1% For The Planet. This includes replanting thousands of trees and helping to put acres of forest land into conservation in the Appalachians
Yale School of Management, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, CTNext Technology Talent Bridge Internship Program, reSET Impact Challenge, Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY)
Sea Tea Improv
This was Sea Tea Improv's second full year of operating our Comedy Theater. This year, once all of the big first year hype had passed, we knew we would be truly put to the test. We experienced steady growth of about 10% across the company. We produced more than 600 individual comedy acts throughout the year. Most of all, we grew our community of staff, performers and students by 22% and built a strong, sustainable, positive culture for a local business in our city.
We have collaborated with the UConn School of Business and other higher education programs to deliver excellent joint programs.
Lactation Innovations develops technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers. The Manoula is a safe and convenient home use medical device. The Manoula accurately measures the quantity of breast milk consumed by an infant, relieving the mother?s anxiety, providing measurable datato parents and practitioners.
- Submitting the IP filing (patent)- Developing the regulatory pathway - Started second feasibility device - connecting with key stakeholders in the community for key product input- Submitted for 5+ grants- Established development plan and initial product use and market requirements- Added key team members and established key development partners
Lactation Innovations has utilized CTNext resources in getting support for our SBIR submission and have engaged in a number of their innovator award grants. Additionally, Lactation Innovations has engaged with Eric Knight as part of their mentorship program. As UCONN alumni, Lactation Innovations co-founders are supported by advisors associated with UCONN that have been invaluable to our success so far.
She inspires movement is a consulting agency located in Stratford CT we focus on helping youth and minorities in the urban area become successful entrepreneurs.
"This year was an amazing year sheinspiremovent consulting open our first office located in CT, we also mentor youth in Bridgeport to become successful entrepreneurs and gave back to the youth with our annual give back event youth lemonade day an event focus on your entrepreneurs. Jennifer plan on doing so much more in the community with youth and adults her next plan is to create a entrepreneur podcast giving entrepreneurs an platform to inspire other entrepreneurs ."
I took a class in Bridgeport called the webo program which was an entrepreneur class this class made me want to help other entrepreneurs with their journey.
"At Lasting Impressions, I strive to create unique and one of a kind personalized jewelry and hilarious (and sometimes raunchy) gifts. I love being able to make something that people can both laugh and cry (happy tears) when they receive. I've been in business going on 5 years and the best thing about my company is that everyday provides a new canvas for creativity!"
"In 2018 my Etsy shop grew by almost 4000 orders as I closed at almost 12,000 sales. My online website grew by around 1500 orders. I am the co-founder of a woman?s networking group in New Milford and also founded the Pop Up Shops held monthly at Makery Coworking. "
I've definitively helped provide knowledge to our local coworking space by bringing in the Pop Up shops monthly. I?m an online business but I love to be connected with my town which is why I lead the networking group and the pop up shops.
At the heart of Reis Learning Center is our mission to work with each student individually in order to foster both academic and personal growth. Our students work one-on-one with qualified educators on a personalized education path. Our role in the student?s education is one of advocacy and collaboration. In addition, we assist students in developing positive inner dialogue and the confidence to self-advocate. We also offer small group classes, workshops, and summer enrichment camps.
We were propelled forward by our Honorable Mention in this same category from both 2016 and 2017 to refine the groundwork set in those previous years. In 2018, our American Sign Language classes grew 3-fold and allowed us to offer more sections of this valuable course. We maintained our record of increasing every one of our exam prep students' scores (on the SAT, ACT, and SSAT) by working with a whole new wave of middle and high school students preparing for their entrance exams.
There is a hearty network of small business owners from various industries located within downtown New Milford where Reis Learning Center calls home. Many of us share the same landlord who is committed to revitalizing both the downtown and New Milford's economy as a whole. Thanks to the Bank Street Group network that includes retail, dining, service, educational, and event spaces, Reis Learning Center has been able to collaborate with seasoned and start-up businesses regularly.
White Rose Home Healthcare Agency is a home healthcare provider who provides client-centered services to seniors and the disabled throughout the State of Connecticut.
-In 2018, White Rose received Top Work Place 2018-Launch Two New Program (Counseling and Community Support Specialist)
The CT Home Care Program, Score and DECD
We are a 32 year old creative solutions provider of trade shows, signage, environmental graphics and studios, desks and scenic for the broadcast industry. We work from a 73,000 SF facility where we design, project manage, fabricate & install projects for many local & national industry leading companies, professional sports organizations & universities all over the US.
2018 was the first full year of business for our company with a single owner. This led to a very focused leadership direction where culture is our first priority. We have developed a solid set of 7 Guiding Principles. We reinstated our 401K with a Safe Harbor matching program. Our sales expanded by 20% and we brought on 11 new employees. We have begun ongoing engagements with a business coach and a marketing firm. We were nominated for our 3rd Emmy Award in Studio Design for the YES Network.
EO (Entrepreneurial Organization)
A data security, storage, and management platform powered by Blockchain technology. Scroll has created alternatives to the cloud, a response to the flaws in security and privacy of server warehouse data storage, its an answer to the constant data breaches seen all over the news. Using blockchain and peer to peer technology, Scroll gives a protected environment for all things data with solutions ranging from consumer to enterprise. Data integrity, ownership, and privacy is maintained.
Went from a college dorm room to an Office22 Employees1 million Seed funding raisedMultiple Product Announcements, Aster & OsierCryptocurrency Utility Token launched called SCRLJoined HyperLedger and Linux FoundationForbes Under 30 Summit 2018Tech Crunch Disrupt 2018Top 2019 Tech Startups in New HavenPartnership w/ Yale Blockchain InitiativePartnership w/ The Holberton SchoolPartnerships w/ Docker, HackerOne, and MicrosoftSlideDrive Product Development and usage in our office.
The Drive Co-Working space at District in New HavenThe Holberton SchoolYale Blockchain Initiative
"Summer's Hottest Toys on Live with Kelly & Ryan via Chris Byrne, ""The Toy Guy"". He also featured our product, did a review & interview on TTPM.comSigned deal with QVC for July 2019Received Official Utility PatentPitch at STORY in NYC in front of Adam Glassman (Oprah magazine creative director), Tony Spring (CEO of Bloomingdales) & Rachel Shechtman (founder of STORY)In 50+ retailers throughout the country, ie. Fat Brain Toys & barnesandnoble.comRecorded radio show iHeart Radio"
"- Working with Nelson Merchan, a Business Advisor with CTSBDC.- Continued to create local awareness, utilizing The Makery in New Milford (a co-working space), the local newspaper, New Milford Parks and Rec Dept, New Milford FB pages- Multiple articles published in The News Times- Radio and Local Cable TV Show with Gregory Dwyer - motivational speaker- Received national coverage on the What's New Dr. Frank Segments on Great Day Washington twice and KDKA-TV | CBS in Pittsburgh"
LMG Photography is a for profit company that provides digital photography service that specializes in branding, maternity, senior, boudoir, wedding and engagement portrait photography. We also provide photography workshops to youth ages 12-17, as well as participate in community engagements that require giving back to the community. E.g. back to school drives, providing clothing to the homeless, photography projects that motivates volunteers/ clients to love themselves despite imperfections.
Best of Hartford 1st Runner Up 2018 (best photographer), Nominated for best photographer for CT Music Awards.2018, published photographer (SLR Lounge Magazine December 2018, Toffee & Honey Magazine July 2018.
Entrepreneurial Center: Women Business Center with University of Hartford has helped me success by offering business classes.
Luscious & Co is a 4,000 sq ft hair and makeup salon that combines business and beauty. We created this platform to employ and empower local artists. Helping them clearly define their goals, and create a career ladder that allows them the opportunity to grow, learn, and work among like-minded artists in a business environment. Our business was created to change the stigma associated with uneducated hair stylists that have limited career growth.
We expanded to a 4,000 sq foot state of the art facility, restoring a property from the early 1900s. We grew to employ 23 people, 19 more than we started with in '12. In 2018 revenue grew by 121%, and we are projecting to reach $1,000,000 in revenue in 2019. We have taken a strong community approach in '18. We have donated more than $5700 to local charities. We have hosted more than 40 High School Seniors in our business Capstone Project, encouraging the next gen of Beauty Business Leaders.
University Of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center has helped me with the resources needed to further my online presence. I have attended several workshops that have helped define my professional success. Their grant writing workshop and advice helped me gain access to the knowledge needed to get funded by the Connecticut Small Business Express Grant, and also funded by the Job Creation grant. This was a detrimental resource needed to scale my business to approach the $1m mark.
Cross Culture Kombucha is a well-loved local kombucha brand, launched May 2017. CCK focuses on making the smoothest tasting kombucha with high-quality organic ingredients and supplying it in bottles
After outgrowing it's small shared commercial kitchen, Cross Culture Kombucha moved and expanded into a new space. In September 2018, Cross Culture Kombucha opened the state's first kombucha brewery and taproom. As a small emerging brand, Cross Culture Kombucha has grown to be sold in over 75 locations around CT and NY. Each quarter, CCK has grown.
Our regular participation in two local farmers markets (Fairfield and Westport) have helped us tremendously to succeed. We built relationships with our customers and others involved in the market, who helped through word of mouth recommendations throughout the community. This helped both retail & wholesale business to grow.
CT Small Business Development Center & SCORE have both been valuable in providing resources & connections to individuals who have helped us to grow and make sound decisions.
Bash! Boutique Events & Organic Cakery it's a family business that specializes in organic, gluten-free and vegan baking . We also take an organic approach in planning your unique events for any occasion.As the owner of a family business it?s important to me to be the example in my community that my family can be proud of and A part of the change that I?d like to see. I believe that is more than possible? One cupcake at a time.
This is all such a humbling experience.This was actually a tough year for Bash!My family and I lost our home and all our positions due to fire.I almost lost my strength to continue on with the business.However it was my clients that pushed and motivated me to go on.Other vendors who become my extended family supported me through this still difficult time.Our client list has doubled and we've expanded to Yonkers.Being highlighted as a business that matters in Danbury by the HamletHub was Amazing
Bash! has lots of supporting cast members, DJ's, photographers,florist venues and more.We all support and recommend one another.However, I?m most proud who we help to succeed.Bash! believes in giving back.A portion of our proceeds is donated to local non-profits such as Ann?s place, Family and children aid, and Dorothy Day Hospitality House. Donating products and services to aid fundraising efforts and speaking engagements at area schools about entrepreneurship helps us all succeed. Inspire!
CT based food truck providing farm to truck deliciousness
We made our mark in the industry, build and created a food truck concept where one didn?t exists and met and exceeded milestones - particularly for the amount of catering we did. Most importantly- we helped people understand that exceptional food can come from a casual experience of a food truck!
Metro Hartford alliance, sparc,Know good market, small state great beer & more
GLF cosmetics is a cosmetics brand started in a dorm room in Connecticut and have our own cosmetics products
2018 was the best year, our brand went from making 1k a month the first 5 months of 2018 to 10k a month for the rest of the year. We went from a dorm room with 10 products and we have over 150 products with a small warehouse. at the moment we currently looking into hire 3 employees to help us grow
Margot’s passion for the creative goes far beyond her unique eye for design and innovative class sequencing. Margot has the ability to turn a room into a sanctuary and a business into a community of people working together for a greater good. Margot’s style of teaching is influenced by more than 20 years of devotion to her personal yoga practice and education. She holds over 900 hours of training in a wide variety of yoga philosophy and styles. Margot has spent over 500 of her study and training hours at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, which has deeply impacted her style of sequencing and teaching. In class with Margot, you will always find something new, whether it is new poses, beautifully choreographed sequences or amazing playlists.
reCreative is a digital marketing & design agency in Winsted, CT that is focused on helping small businesses in the area grow. We pride ourselves on creating innovative new concepts, engaging strategies, and eye-catching designs for each and every one of our clients. From Senior Independent & Assisted Living, to Breweries, to a cause near and dear to our hearts - Pet Adoptions, we cover it all and do it with style.
This year we've successfully helped hundreds of businesses through out Connecticut and the US increase their reach and sales. This includes a number of 501c3's including Dog Star Rescue, Flow Kakou, and Avery Heights among others. We opened our first office space, became ingrained in the local culture by becoming part owner in Mad River Market, and tried to increase overall exposure to Connecticut's culture and beauty with our new initiative, VisitNorthwestHills.com (coming soon).
CT Ad Club, Mad River Lofts,
Partner, Cara, and I have started 4 Hartford based businesses together in the last 3 years; Lumi Agency, a creative digital agency servicing large brands and businesses, Lumi Luxe; a luxury hospitality and real estate marketing agency, weHartford; local media and social venture, and our newest venture Crate; an online website solution for small businesses and startups who cannot afford agency fees and who have not been successful with a DIY approach. Crate is our first internal product launch.
We successfully built our first internal product Crate, that we believe will revolutionize how small businesses compete online. Under Crate we have successfully launched test sites for our first test customers, as we now look to promote to local partner organizations for a full beta test. We currently run a team of 9 (full time) and provide a steady stream of work to contracted individuals.
Upward in Hartford has been a great resource and community hub, MetroHartford Alliance has helped us connect in the local business community, and the local community of other entrepreneurs and businesses has proved to be so supportive and willing to help in any way possible.
Offering custom smart home and security specs
No customer complaints full satisfaction
Personal home use
MyHotelRider is a web and mobile application for hotels and their guests. After a guest makes a reservation, they access their hotel's profile and view offered amenities and services. Then they can do anything from changing the brand of toiletries to arranging meals and making special requests even before they arrive. The app saves guests' time and effort and makes sure all their needs are met, thus increasing customer satisfaction and retention.
Made top 64 in this year's Student Startup Madness competition
University of Bridgeport Student Entrepreneur Center
Drive at District has been our home, and we've now outgrown the space and are headed to a storefront on State Street
"SoluTech, Inc. is a peer to peer innovations firm that is currently operating and building the Blockchain Project, Scroll Network."
1.) Reached 1.2M in Revenue
2.) Hired over 20 full-time employees
3.) Successfully onboarded multiple enterprise clients
"District NHV, Yale Open Lab"
Financial and insurance risks are complex and difficult to see holistically resulting in an alarming risk-insurance gap where 66% of homeowners and 75% of businesses are significantly underinsured. ronoco is a digital insurance platform that empowers users to manage assets, track insurance policies, assess their exposure, and gain custom insight on their overall portfolio.
Q1 Prototype Partnership with FICO
Q2 Alpha Release Partnership with Envestnet/Yodlee
Q3 Beta release
Q4 Production Release
InsurTech Hartford, InsurTech Hartford Hub, Westport Innovation Hub, Sacred Heart University Department of Insurance, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, SCORE
LambdaVision is developing a retinal implant to restore vision to the millions of people blinded by retinal degenerative diseases, including macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.
2018 was a successful year for LambdaVision. Here are some quick highlights:Secured a NSF Phase IIB grant for $295K. Added Kirk Dornbush to our Board of directors. Completed a critical in vivo efficacy pilot to on rodents. Scheduled a pre-IND meeting with the FDA for early 2019. Flew our retinal implant on Space-X 16 to examine effects of microgravity on our manufacturing process. Secured a grant for $23K from Fight for Sight. Won Most Disruptive Technology Award from CT Tech Council
LambdaVision has benefited from the following programs: CT Next, CT Innovations, Accelerator for Biosciences, CTCT Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Incubator Program UConn, CT Tech Council, BioCT
"IdleWilde Printing Co. is a screen printing business with a focus on providing graphic design and quality merchandise for brands and businesses in the Northeast. Connor Millican and Rachael Guzick built the company with a grass roots approach and are currently located in the historic Parkville neighborhood of Hartford, CT. "
"Doubled their commercial workspace. Annual growth rate in revenue for 2018 over 2017 was 130%.Increased profits by more than 4 times. Roughly 30% increase in number of clients.Rachael resigned from her full time job in August 2018 to pursue entrepreneurial career. Acquired advanced equipment. Designed and launched self-branded and Hartford-based line of apparel. Launched on-site/mobile screen printing in our community."
"Some resources that we?ve used are SBA, SCORE, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Women?s Business Center, and Innovation Destination Hartford. In addition to the more formal events we?ve attended, our neighborhood and network of clients is full of other entrepreneurs whom we engage with on a regular basis."
Help Me Health ignites culture change in healthcare using our proprietary, innovative patient experience training for doctors, nurses and staff. When healthcare service delivery is aligned with patient needs and expectations patient outcomes improve, patient and staff satisfaction increase and greater financial efficiency is realized. People working in healthcare discover what is in their control and become empowered to make immediate changes.
Deep experience in other industries enabled us to rapidly respond with solutions for healthcare. In January the contract was signed and the development phase began on an innovative training program. By April we completed a review phase with healthcare leaders and made revisions based on their input. We were given rave reviews when we piloted the program with doctors, nurses and staff in May. Program delivery commenced in June 18 with 95% of the attendees rating the training highly effective.
Connecticut Technology Council, Score, CT. Hospital Association, CT. Health Council
We write content. For law firms. Big, small, solo, and everything in between. Not the lawyerly writing that's great for judges, impresses clients, illuminates federal law clerks but does nothing to draw new clients. We get stories from TV, movies, literature, news, write them so they reflect our clients? personalities and practice areas. We make attorneys human, one client at a time.
According to a New York Times several weeks ago, the average writer in the U.S. earns $20,000/year. Take out best-selling authors and it's closer to $6.500. We were a single person writing shop writing for ten lawyers across the country and earning about $100,000/yr. We have figured out how to scale the business while keeping the quality that is our hallmark and have brought on a COO and several writers. We have decided to organize the company like old newspapers - Managing editors/desks, etc.
We will be setting up our expanded vision in the Hartford area. A physical presence for a company that really only needs the internet to succeed. Our thinking is that with scaling up, we need an environment where ideas can be shared face to face and creativity instantly rewarded with feedback.
Nineteen Boutique is an online women's clothing store that as of next month, will be providing styles internationally to girls of all ages. All pieces are curated carefully from vendors based out of the LA Fashion District. Nineteen Boutique was created to not only provide styles to all women, but to encourage the idea of following your heart regardless to if that?s what you want to wear, or what you want to do in life.
In 2018, I dipped my toes into the world of coding, developed a successful social media strategy that led me to 10k followers, doubled my sales, and was able to recognize mistakes that I've made in the first year of being in business. In 2018, I did this while being a 3 sport varsity participant, my high school's FBLA chapter president, a Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador, enrolled in 2 college prep courses & maintaining title of honor roll, as well as graduating and starting college.
I have used multiple CT sources such as government websites, local CT networking groups, and
100% natural & vegan skincare, lovingly handcrafted in Connecticut. Free of toxic chemicals, common allergens, and animal fats and by-products. Certified as vegan and cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. You're a natural beauty; keep your beauty natural (TM).
I participated in the reSET Impact Accelerator program and won second place in the Venture Showcase! I nearly doubled my wholesale partnerships.
reSET, CT SBDC
Presenters do more than present. Presentation software should too. Convert audience members to customers, donors or fans BEFORE they leave the room with encaptiv. encaptiv is an all-in-one presentation, sales and marketing SaaS platform that bridges the gap between presentations and business goals - improving engagement, productivity and outcomes utilizing AI and intelligent automation.
Filed provisional patent in March 2018. Filed 3 brand trademarks; 2 approved, 1 pending. Debuted MVP at TEDx in March 2018. Soft-launched beta product December 2018. >100 users in first 2 weeks of soft launch.
SCORE, CTNext, WHIPgroup's InventLab, Innovate CT, UCONN, DevFest NH, SCSU
We are a mom owned, small business gift shop featuring some of Connecticut?s best artisans. From candles, to body products, to home decor, we have something for everyone
We started a studio where people can come and take a wide variety of different classes. We received awards from CT Now Best of New Haven, Shoreline Newspapers Best of 2018, we were featuring on WFSB Better Connecticut
Pinpoint Promotions is a full-service marketing & production agency. From creative design services to custom fabrication we're able to brand and customize almost any product or space to captivate your audience and help create unforgettable experiences that connect people with your brand. We love solving problems & our purpose is to help our customers easily and effectively communicate their message in any medium, anywhere, at any time, while guiding the process to unlock their true potential.
Since 2008, Pinpoint has experienced consecutive years of increased sales & growth through Steve?s vision. Steve & his companies have won over 60 awards & Counselor Magazine ranked Pinpoint as the 3rd fastest growing promotional marketing co. in the country w/ 249% growth in a 2-year span. Steve has had to move his offices 3x's in the past 6 years due to explosive growth, owns 2 buildings, sits on the board of SCSU, is co-owner of 2 other successful companies & is a Realtor in his ?spare? time.
Steve has never had a 'job'. Since the age of 18 he has worked for himself. In college, Steve owed 4 bars/night clubs in New Haven, CT. He attributes this fierce passion for business to a relentless hunger to never stop learning and growing. He is a big believer in your sphere of influence, so he has always valued networking and surrounding himself with the right people in terms of boards, chambers, master mind groups, like-minded entrepreneurs, and leadership groups.
Edible Couture is a mobile dessert company that specializes in gourmet cakecups. We use quality ingredients that helps us to achieve the best taste. Edible Couture is about love, passion and commitment to give our customers the best dessert experience their mouths ever tasted.
In April 2018 we purchased our first food trailer which was a huge success. I quit my full time job and completely devoted myself to Edible Couture. In November of 2018 we opened a cart in the CT Post Mall. We are confident that 2019 will be nothing but success and growth.
Hartford's Entrepreneurial Business Ctr for Women
Hair company speciliazing in hair extensions, wigs, and lashes. We also own a non-profit organization in which we make young girls prom dreams come true.
We hosted our first branding and marketing seminar called Boss Camp, launched new website, launched hair campaign, we had 25 celebrities wear our products, and made young girls prom dreams come true.
The program SCORE has helped me tremendously in my journey as an entrepreneur.
Project Resiliency Movement is a social movement that seeks to encourage and support women of color in areas of resiliency and self-care related to mental, physical and emotional health while providing connectivity and supports to other women. As an organization this year in 2018 we participated on CT Paid Leave Campaign, Partnered In Women?s March CT, held community forums, conferences, workshops and resiliency circles all foscused on self care, resiliency and mental health and wellness.
For community building goals we hosted and partnered in 25+ events to bring awareness to the important ace of mental health and wellness, self care and resiliency. We trained youth from 3 school systems in resiliency building skills and strategies.
I manage operations at Drive Cowork, part of the larger company District NHV. My position is to not only do the administrative side of the company, but to foster a community among the coworkers in the space as well as New Haven itself. I help plan events, whether they are social, wellness, or professional and I connect people with others in the space to help each other grow. Seeing people connect with each other and learn from the community is something I hope to continue as we grow in 2019.
I helped grow the community and space from about 50% capacity to over 90% capacity in the last 6 months, all while integrating new members into our community of coworkers. We launched a series of events called Lunch and Learns, and this series helped people not only learn what their coworkers did, but apply it to their own companies. I also helped with integrating a communication platform among the coworkers in the space that allows people to connect easier and build better relationships.
To further our goal of providing small businesses with the support and visibility they deserve (but often cannot afford), we joined forces with West Hartford Magazine and Edens Property Management to create the We-Ha Holiday Pop-Up in partnership with The Small Business Collective. The event brought together 21 vendors for a unique holiday shopping experience created as a live version of The Greater Hartford Holiday Gift Guide (www.hartfordgiftguide.com), which we launched in 2017.
To further our work with small businesses, we have partnered with West Hartford Co-Working to provide marketing and business development services for members of the space. We are also working on a small business incubator program and educational track leveraging local experts.
I am the director of the New London Talent Show. What started as a benefit concert after a brutal murder causing racial divide has grown into the biggest talent showcase in New England. Now, 9 years later and 65 cities connected, we have created a platform for more than artists. We host internships where students learn business, management, civic engagement, marketing, finances, and more with real life, hands-on experience. We bridge gaps between schools, families and police.
In 2018 the New London Talent Show went from 1 intern to 7, outreach from 25 cities to 65. Our funding goals have been matched each year. In year 1 we had no backing or funding. Witnessing our homeless poet be gainfully employed, watching a rural home-schooled fiddle player connect with a hip-hop rapper is life changing. New London Police officers came every practice in 2018 with pizza through a building bridges initiative. Leading to a viral dance off shared 100 thousand times.
In addition to expanding our work with entrepreneurs from Yale, Wesleyan, UConn, U-Bridgeport, Reset and the MEWS; our main activity was to create the Law Lab at District New Haven. Using a new model for a law firm, we built a community collaborative space where clients and non-clients can freely gather, hold events, participate in learning experiences, and have open and free access to attorneys. The Law Lab is a new interactive community building model for lawyers not based on a fee return.
We created and established the Law Lab at District New Haven. We ran our first six events at the Law Lab, including hosting other events by community leaders such a Collab New Haven, the Yale Tsai Center and others. We expanded our free teaching sessions at Yale and elsewhere, and we have been active in the new Middletown MEWS program. The CTStartup Podcast hit its 100th episode and continues to highlight the accomplishments of entrepreneurs in the State.
I helped build the entrepreneurial ecosystem and community by mentoring members of ReSet's accelerator, and partnered with Upward Hartford to develop the Starting Up Series and offer time to entrepreneurs as Upward's mentor-in-residence. I have worked closely with several startups that support physical community and solve social issues, including securing CT Innovations pre-seed funding. In my own town, I re-constituted the Board and community relationships for the West Hartford Land Trust.
Established new mentor-in-residence services with Upward Hartford, with the goal of building a community of new entrepreneurs. Secured CT Innovations funding for a startup that reduces relapse in persons in recovery from opioid dependency. Invested in two startups that seek to build community or solve social issues.
Hosting Students from New Haven Academy for job shadowing Attending career days for New Haven Academy Hosting community leaders at District New Haven campus Weekend guest at WTNH for community fitness and dispelling myths Sitting on a community panel for diabetes awareness Donating time, training sessions & clothing for the Christopher Martins Run, New Haven Road Race, IRIS, and Family services of CT Hosted free indoor cycling at NEBCO Co-hosting an open house at Altorelli Health
If I am being entirely honest, I don't set goals for community building. I know that sounds bad, but my thoughts are not geared toward keeping score or tallying up wins at the end of the day. We bring people together, create safe places, and help those who need it. We do it because it's right, not because it's a goal. It's my privilege to bring people together here at District, which we've done over 100 times since opening just last year.
InsurTech Hartford is a community-supported platform for advancing the insurance industry through innovation and entrepreneurship aiming to enrich lives and promote economic growth. In 2018 InsurTech Hartford organized 8 local events with 800+ attendees; attracted prominent keynote speakers, featured 15 local, national and international startups; ran Digital Health hackathon which attracted local professionals, entrepreneurs and students from UCONN, University of Hartford and Trinity College.
Promoted Greater Hartford region through 8 of our own and 5 national events, attracted sponsors and supported 5 local professional and economic development organizations; including selection and mentoring of startups in Hartford InterTech Hub Startupbootcamp Accelerator. As a result, InsurTech Hartford attracted strong national and international following, was recognized as top 50 global influencers in Insurtech and become the first North American member represented in Global InsurTech Alliance.
I'm the founding director of Dorothy's Community Closet. We Provide free clothing, for those who have fallen on hard times or anyone in need.
We hosted 3 community events serving the homeless in and around the greater Hartford area. The Purse Project, we stuffed over 150 purses with Personal hygiene items that were distributed to area shelters. We Stuffed over 100 blessing bags for men women and children. We Sponsored a community day in Hartford offering food, clothing, backpacks, and blessing bags to those in need.
In 2018, Sea Tea Comedy Theater was stage to over 600 live comedic acts. Most acts featured Connecticut artists who are members of the supportive community that Sea Tea has built over the past 10 years. We offer performances where anyone can get onstage, such as our popular Mixer and Show Lab events, and rehearsals where anyone can drop in and collaborate. We offer constant Intro to Improv classes for people to gain personal confidence and professional polish, as well as meet like-minded souls.
We increased our number of performance teams and educational offerings. We welcomed dozens of new performers and hundreds of new students; most of which become deeply involved onstage and off due to the sense of community and artistic freedom at the Sea Tea Comedy Theater. Our space is a place where people can become excellent comedic performers, build personal skills, collaborate with diverse sets of people, or all of the above.
Opened new location for MakeHaven with much more fabrication capabilities and 3 x the space. Strengthened supports for entrepreneurs at MakeHaven, with networking events, educational activities, startup desks, startup coaching program and volunteer fabrication experts. Coordinated activities advancing the establishment of the Mill River Trail and development of an Urban Oasis. Served on board of New Haven Land Trust and Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop.
Built MakeHaven membership from 190 to 260 members (37% growth) over course of year. Two MakeHaven teams earned second round invitations in federal agency innovation competitions (NASA and Coast Guard) Well over 1,000 attendees at events and activities hosted at over 110 events and workshops at MakeHaven. Mill River Trail first construction of segment complete. New volunteer driven plantings in Fish and Wildlife designated Urban Oasis on Mill River.
In 2018 I've helped entrepreneurs build their brand through workshops, social media and consulting I also advocate for youth entrepreneur and teach the youth how to become successful business owners my goal is to help minorities become successful entrepreneurs.
I accomplish my youth lemon day launch an event for the youth & the community teaching them how to become entrepreneurs through a lemonade stand.
As the Manager for the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation I support entrepreneurs through courses, programs, internships and one-on-one mentorship. I manage more than 10 programs and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem within UConn and the surrounding community. Supporting and educating entrepreneurs is a passion of mine. In addition to my professional role, I started a small business and use these experiences to support others who are looking to start their own businesses.
This year has been one of growth. We received a record number of applications for our entrepreneurial programs, hosted a new a panel for Women?s Entrepreneurship Week, launched a new InsurTech Fellows initiative, and started a new program called Get Seeded. The Get Seeded program is one of the first interdisciplinary entrepreneurship programs that is sponsored by many departments across UConn. This program provides seed funding to allow more teams to test out their business ideas.
Founder of Women's Networking group in New Milford to help other women entrepreneurs reach their potential and goals. Also, found of the Pop Up Shops at Makery Coworking in New Milford which are held monthly to showcase handmade and personally curated local businesses.
In 2018 I hit my goal of 10,000 Etsy sales in October and by the end of the year I had reached almost 12,000 sales. My personal website ended the year with over 2100 sales. I brought in a 6 figure revenue for my business all on my own as I am the sole owner, worker, creator, and everything -er :) I am extremely proud of where I have gotten as this is my 5th year now in business for myself. I hope to have the chance to meet other entrepreneurs like myself within CT!
SiW launched in 2018 to bring together our region's driving economic and community forces; companies, organizations, entrepreneurs, musicians, and artists. Our 2018 and ongoing mission is simple, we help creators and creatives build; knowledge, products, solutions and, most importantly new and stronger relationships.
Our original goal was to launch 5-day events series; which grew to 7, then to 9, and eventually to 11 days. We received web traffic from 131 towns across CT leading to over 3,000 attendees and a kickoff event attended by over 500 people. Numbers aside, we wanted to build an event that was approachable and inclusive?our community feedback strongly indicated we achieved this. With year-1 attendees from Hartford to Greenwich to NYC the momentum of SiW far exceeded our initial expectations.
Extra Yard is a college prep program designed to help bridge the achievement gap for all high school students looking to get into college. Through our SAT a prep program alone, students have been improving 100-200 points.
I was nominated Affinity Federal Credit Union 2018 member of the year for the work I've been doing through Extra Yard. In 2018 alone, we have helped over 70 students improve on their SAT Score alone.
Sponsored & donated 500 toys to Victims Against Violence Holiday Event served over 400 youth & families. Donated blankets & socks for Operation Homeless Co-sponsored & assisted with organizing. Youth Summit that discussed violence, poverty, trauma and how it affects communities. Provided free 5-week summer program to assist 36 families who couldn't financial afford summer programs. Participate in National Youth Service Day. Put on performances for community. Community Day Clean Up.
Throughout the work I do in the community and giving back the biggest milestone I hit was being able to provide educational and recreational service all year long to youth and their families through donations and fundraising.
New Haven Game Maker's Guild has massively grown our membership and been a support network for professional development, as well as providing mentorship and support for newer designers. Fantasticon has grown into a designer's conference that draws people from all across N. America. Elm City Games now has hundreds of members. Opening the Agora coworking/collaborative space in the former Grove has become another anchor of the local community, both professionally and socially.
Crossed over 100 members for NHGMG. Fantasticon is now something that draws people from a much larger scale than just regionally. Elm City Games now has over 300 members, with multiple community events each day. Opening Agora and stepping into a role as one of the premier coworking/community spaces in the area, hosting a wide range of programs, social events, and professional development.
In my role I develop WBC's and most EC's programmatic and other partnerships. I manage an extensive network of partners and approach each relationship from a perspective of win-win collaboration and not competition. I value connections made for the ultimate common goal of assisting and lifting CT entrepreneurs. I am passionate about bringing the best resources for women entrepreneurs. A lot of our programs support local women business owners providing them a forum to share their expertise.
Almost 1000 people attended EC-WBC's programs in 2018, expanding their network and accessing resources to help them succeed. I expanded the Center's partnerships and actively participated in many community initiatives (too many to name). I also actively participate in national networks like the Association of Women's Business Centers (our Center is among the top 20%) bringing best practices to CT from across the US.
Continued to run Startup Grind New Haven (https://www.startupgrind.com/new-haven/) and NHV Show & Tell (https://nhvshowandtell.com/). Hosted or co-hosted 15 events attended by 100s of founders, supporters, etc...
Saw way more connections in the room and offers to help. Feedback from multiple people that the events inspired them to pursue a venture. Posted more videos to highlight whats happening here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnCm0mQrvS49EEHxuO0qjJg/videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whsSDD0MHbE&list=PLJ81xh1c0JYBekZ1sb85c3oL1RwGvO1T_ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaZXsKEyKjw&list=PLJ81xh1c0JYCUkY8KETpCFojjhyvc6jJ5
Our mission is to promote innovation in Connecticut schools & colleges through knowledge and best practice sharing. We accomplish this in two ways: 1. Share positive stories about education and innovation related to Connecticut on social media (2000+ followers across 5 networks) and a podcast 2. Work with educators across the state to provide professional development opportunities for their peers through our knowledge sharing initiative
Our knowledge sharing initiative enables educators to share two minute bite sized learning weekly with our community while our professional development webinars provide a deep dive on a topic monthly. We also began the process of standing up an Ambassador Program with the goal of having an educator representative from all 169 cities and towns in the state. Having an active community of educators sharing knowledge and best practices will empower our educators which will help our students.
We can't do it alone. I require my students to seek out new connections, from Mike Kaltschnee at the Danbury Hackerspace, Tony Vengrove at Makery CoWorking, and Nelson Merchan, local CTSBDC. We ALL work together to grow our local ecosystem. At WCSU I?m responsible for E.R.I.C., the emerging center for Entrepreneurship, Research, Innovation, and Creativity which supports both University and community activities, for instance meetings of BobbieJo Beers? Young Entrepreneurs Academy.
This fall, the Entrepreneurial Arc Panel Discussion, local entrepreneurs, one of whom must be a WCSU alum, looked at small business manufacturing and global supply chain challenges. Luke Barber is a member of the Hackerspace, Edwin Salazar?s business is mentored by Nelson Merchan of CTSBDC while his daughter Isabella is a student in management at WCSU. Dane Unger is a member of the WCSU Foundation Board. This kind of diversity yields productive conversation about issues facing us all.
Every Year Reality Outreach Inc become the conduit between the disenfranchised community and the resources in the community. Over the Summer we were able the help create a day where we joined the Chaplaincy Program to feed and clothe over 200 people in Hartford CT. In New Britain for Thanksgiving and Christmas we provided a day where over 509 people were able to come and get food, coats hats and household products and hang out with other families in the community.
2018 we connected with other community organizations making our events better than they've ever been. We connected with Social Workers, Artists, Agencies, Churches and everyday good people who have a heart to see their communities prosper and be in good health. We are proud to be in a position to connect people and address the needs of the community all at the same time.
In 2018, my efforts continue to be the driving force behind the InsurTech Hartford organization. Building relationships in the community, connecting companies and startups, and gaining the support of sponsors is all needed, in addition to helping with content and other logistics necessary to keep our events going.
In 2018, I was announced as a top 50 global influencer by InsurTech News. I spoke at 3 national insurance events, helping Hartford gain exposure across the industry. The most impactful accomplishments come from the feedback of community members. Startups have told me they gained their biggest client by being promoted at InsurTech Hartford events, and some area startups acknowledge that our hackathons helped plant the seeds which caused their companies to grow.
In 2018 we help over 3900 families with housing , Basic Needs , Mentoring, Tutoring, Job Readiness, College Prep , and we held over 11 Community events to bring the community together as a family in the North End of Hartford CT .
Helping families reach stability and building stronger bonds!
Encouraging and empowering mothers to be their best all while juggling motherhood
Had a vision Board Party and encouraged a lot of moms to push themselves
Accelerate UConn is UConn?s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site. Its mission is to catalyze entrepreneurial teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. Educational programs share the principles of the I-Corps Curriculum on Lean Launchpad methodology. With the support of Accelerate UConn, teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
Accelerate UConn is unique in that it brings mostly faculty or graduate student led ventures together for 7 weeks to work together to understand the business side of their venture. The program is based on the Business Model Canvas and Lean Launchpad methodology. The program focuses on completing 50 customer interviews that allows for team to assess and test their assumptions about their technology. The program provides team with $3,000 each to use for customer discovery.
In 2018, 20 teams participated in the 6th and 7th cohort of the program. The teams that completed the program have since been accepted to other programs, received additional funding from grants and other organizations, and have filed patents for their technology. Each semester the applications for the program grow and the selection process becomes more competitive. Due to increased interest the program team is looking to expand the program beyond 20 teams and 2 cohorts per year.
Summer Fellowship Program was created to leverage core competencies of faculty and students, draw on the knowledge of community business leaders and stakeholders, and support entrepreneurs in the process of developing the infrastructure and partnerships needed to launch their businesses. The goal of the program is to help aspiring entrepreneurs move out of the conceptual stage of venture development and into the marketplace. The program takes place 3 days per week over 8 weeks in the summer.
The Summer Fellowship Program selected the top 10 startups from across the University and provides $15,000 to each team. The program takes place over 8 weeks with each week having a different theme. At the end of each week teams present out to their peers about their findings for the week in hopes that by the end of the program they will have one complete pitch deck. Industry experts, successful entrepreneurs and mentors work with the teams in seminars, panels, workshops but also one-on-one.
Summer Fellowship received a significant amount of applications in 2018 and selected the top 10 teams. New elements were added to the program to allow for peer support and a broader understanding of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Hartford and across the state. Since the program finale in August, teams have been selected to participate in the Wolff New Venture Competition, the CTNext EIAs and UConn TIP. Teams have continued to work with CCEI for continued support on their ventures.
Collab is a community-centered accelerator for Connecticut entrepreneurs.By addressing small and large barriers that exist for entrepreneurs, especially people-of-color, women, and immigrants. Collab works to identify, empower, and invest in entrepreneurs and community leaders who can best lead us towards equitable, inclusive, and sustainable change across the state.
We provide funding, mentorship, education, and more to entrepreneurial leaders in Connecticut ready to take their impact to the next level. As a part of our programming, we provide wraparound services like childcare, interpretation, and transportation to make sure every entrepreneur is successful while working with us.
Over the past year, we've built a diverse, talented pipeline of over 400 entrepreneurs, and invested in 20 ventures across three cohorts. Of the ventures that come our way, 64% women-led, 72% people-of-color-led, and 46% are women-of-color-led ventures. Our ventures have raised over $100,000 in follow-on funding and 100% of the ventures surveyed would recommend Collab to a fellow entrepreneur.
Foundry 66 is a shared coworking space located in the heart of the downtown Norwich. The facility took a long vacant building and turned it into a vibrant space that features 4 conference rooms, a music studio and yoga/dance studio. The Foundry is now home to 40 small businesses! Those 40 businesses have brought over 5600 people into the building and generated over 1.4 million dollars of economic impact in the downtown!
Foundry 66 is not your typical coworking space, last year Foundry 66 offered over 60 free business educational classes. The classes were designed to help remove barriers in the path of business ownership. Norwich has a diverse cultural population and the Foundry recognized that the pathway to entrepreneurship vary depending on cultural backgrounds. Foundry 66 partnered with local banks that provided small lines of credit for candidates that completed the free business program.
As a result of this program downtown Norwich has found a new vibrancy. Hope has been reignited in the city! New businesses are emerging around the Foundry. In 2018, a coffee shop, a live music bar, an Indian restaurant and a tuxedo shop opened up within the city block. Pedestrian traffic has increased and the art galleries and theater venues have seen an increase in traffic and revenue.
Get Seeded is a new initiative at UConn sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Werth Institute, the Management Department, First Year Program, UConn Libraries and Innovation Quest. The program launched in November and includes 4 pitch nights. At each pitch night 8 teams are preselected pitch to an audience of their peers as well as panel of guest judges to receive a small amount of seed money for their idea.
Get Seeded was launched to provide students the opportunity to try out an idea with little to no risks associated. It is the hope that more students will test out ideas and not allow a roadblock of funding or lack of teams members get in the way. The program encourages interdisciplinary teams and ideas across any and all industries. We hope that the audience of students that attend and vote on the winning teams are inspired to create their own idea and apply to pitch at the next event.
In 2018, we held the first pitch night where we awarded 5 teams a total of $3,000. Teams from that night have already made significant efforts to further their ventures. In addition, this program went from being an idea to having the support from many departments across the University, many of which have signed on to become program sponsors. The program has already created a lot of buzz amongst students and we hope to use this momentum to continue to grow and fund more students and their ideas.
Hartford InsurTech Hub was established to attract new talent and technology to Hartford. We aim to provide entrepreneurs with the support, resources, as well as the industry and investor connections they need to help grow their business. We are building a culture of innovation leveraging international entrepreneurs in Hartford while developing a local innovation ecosystem supported by local resources, capabilities, and talent.
We interact closely with some of the local universities. Not only do we have interns from UCONN to help the ten startups that we welcome to Hartford, but we also assist in the graduate InsurTech program. This graduate program is a combined program between the University of Hartford and UCONN. We also have welcomed international startups to Hartford, allowing these startups to live in Connecticut.
Not only did we bring new business to Hartford, with many of our 2018 cohort opening offices in Hartford, but many of these startups were international. We were able to help make Hartford their new home. Because of this, we have assisted in developing Hartford as an InsurTech hub. As a company, we are an important element of the insurtech ecosystem in Hartford, and we have loved helping create Hartford as an InsurTech hub on the East Coast.
The InsurTech Initiative was created at CCEI in collaboration with the University of Hartford to foster talent within the emerging InsurTech industry and develop a network of entrepreneurs and industry professionals within the Hartford insurance space. Students can get involved with this initiative via two main paths; an InsurTech Venturing course and the InsurTech Fellows Program, both working within each other to increase growth opportunities and strengthen entrepreneurial skills.
One of the greatest assets of the InsurTech Fellows Program is our partnership with the Hartford InsurTech Hub powered by Startupbootcamp to provide each student the opportunity to work with an InsurTech startup. This functions as a part of a hands on and highly interactive Experiential Learning course in which students are graded on their complete investment and contributions to the startups. Through this experience students will develop the skills to thrive in any professional setting.
The program launched this Fall with an InsurTech course that included undergraduate and graduate students from UConn and UHart. 11 students from the class were accepted to continue on to participate in the InsurTech Fellows Program. So far, students have been paired with industry mentors and have been assigned to work with one of the 10 startups selected for the Hartford InsurTech Hub accelerator this spring. Currently, students are being paired with paid summer internships in the industry.
1 Million cups is a free national program developed by the Kauffman Foundation designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs to the larger community. 1Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. Since our launch in March 2017, we have hosted close to fifty local entrepreneurs and over 800 people have attended our monthly program.
This is a community based and building effort. Entrepreneurs and startups are generally siloed and don't communicate their products and/or needs to the future customers, Stamford 1 Million cups removes those barriers and brings everyone together. The community is connected by coffee and the inspiration bought by the founders of the ventures who present at our monthly event. Everyone is now vested in the success of the venture because of the connections made.
Approximately fifty startups shared their venture's vision and asked the community to help them succeed. Several of the presenters of the startups made connections to experts, funders, key people in their industry, public and private partners. These connections fuel growth and help ventures scale their business.
The University of Hartford?s Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center (EC-WBC), founded in 1985, provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut.
The wide variety of workshops (marketing, sales, social media, and more), and one-on-one Business Advisers
The EC-WBC supported approx. 1,000 clients in 2018. Our clients accessed about $450,000 in capital. There were 58 new businesses started with almost 300 jobs created and over 800 jobs retained. Our clients report an average of $11,500 increase in profits over the previous year.
Our spaces offer members a conscious choice to be part of something that is shared, and designed to support the work they need to get done. When you walk in to either space you will see people working, collaborating, and creating friendships with one another. Our co-working space is unique and our members make it a great place to work from.
The coolest part about our space is our members. Our focus is on building spaces that support community. We?re dedicated to bringing people together, in person, to facilitate authentic relationships and professional growth that ensures we can all be more successful in the long run. Additionally, both locations have amazing natural features that members can take advantage of while they work (think waterfalls and old bank vaults).
Our space has provided a home to a bunch of nonprofit organizations in our community. We are proud to support them and all they are doing to make our community a better place. Additionally, we have hosted Speaker Series that have allowed members and nonmembers to come in and learn about different topics to help with their own business. We believe in giving back to foster the growth of our communities.
We ooze cool everywhere. The innovation lounge just opened with free wifi in the halls, TV's, bus shelters and ping pong conference tables.
District is the most exciting entrepreneurial space in Connecticut.
We are a beautiful, modern downtown Stamford co-working space.
Our offices, desks, conference rooms and common space feature sophisticated pops of color and modern bright spaces to work. The coolest part though? Our members. Friendliest people to be around and you can't beat our receptionists, Ruth!
Our space offered a fun yet sophisticated alternative for both established businesses and start ups. We are here to help others grow!
Sea Tea Improv is an underground theater offering a huge range of locally produced comedy, and a teaching studio where people of all kinds can use improv comedy to enhance their communication, collaboration, and performance skills. Everything at Sea Tea Improv is locally and collaboratively produced.
We're a hands-on company. If you come to Sea Tea Improv to learn about public speaking, stage presence, collaborating, or adapting on the fly-- you're not sitting in a chair on your laptop doing it alone. You're trying it out in real time with real people. Our most popular classes are Intro to Improv, where folks from all walks of life create theatrical experiences together. All of our most popular shows in our theater involve listening to and collaborating with our audience.
We trained hundreds of people in the art of thinking on their feet. In addition to the achievements above, we also send out our Touring Co. on hundreds of shows a year. This year, we trained thousands of people in the basics of listening, flexibility, and collaboration-- from corporations training their interns on teamwork, to helping Alzheimer's caregivers listen better to their patients. Our impact is giving our audience the skills to be better listeners and leaders in the wider world.
The University of Hartford?s Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center (EC-WBC), founded in 1985, provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut.
Two convenient locations to better serve our clients - one on the UHart Asylum Ave Campus and one in East Hartford.
The EC-WBC supported approx. 1,000 clients in 2018. Our clients accessed about $450,000 in capital, there were 58 new businesses started with almost 300 jobs created and over 800 jobs retained. Our clients report an average of $11,500 increase in profits over the year.
Upward Hartford is Connecticut's premier coworking, private office, meeting & event space for innovators across industries. We have transformed 34,000 sq. ft. at Hartford's iconic Stilts Building into an intersection of innovation for solopreneurs, startup teams, and corporate disruptors alike.
Our coworking space offers 24/7 badge access, unlimited caffeine bar, lounge areas & fun zone, flexible seating, soundproof zen booths, & more. Our smart conference rooms come equipped with smart TVs, whiteboards, & polycom/Zoom units for conference calling. Finally, our elite 17th floor training spaces offer sweeping views of downtown Hartford, dry-erase desks & dry-erase wall for design-thinking, & more.
In its first full year of business, Upward not only filled its coworking space with solopreneurs & corporate innovators, but private offices with domestic & global startups across industries, and event space with student innovators hacking through ideas to improve their community, corporate partners seeking to elevate traditional business models through design-thinking and collaborative learning, and community change-makers seeking to connect with like-minded entrepreneurs & disruptors.
West Hartford Co-Working is an independently owned co-Working space that brings together remote workers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses in a flexible workspace environment that enables enhanced productivity and collaboration. Located in the heart of West Hartford Center, our members benefit from the rich social scene surrounding us and all the amenities West Hartford has to offer.
Our bright and fully connected meeting space is well utilized by members, partners and outside organizations as a great place to plan an important meeting or pop in for a quick call. But the coolest feature is certainly the community we continue to build with our member perk program, weekly member events and public networking events and educational series.
In late 2018 we joined forced with The Small Business Collective to offer marketing and other services to our member organizations, alongside our partnership in marketing and growing the space itself. Though we are a small, boutique space our partnership has already grown membership more than 50% in the last few months of 2018 with our sights set on growing into a larger space and providing even more opportunity for community collaboration.
A 2.5 story historic Main Street building that houses 12 private offices, 6 meeting venues, 3 art galleries and approx. 50 professionals who enjoy a collaborative, flexible and affordable space to work, meet, learn and create. Full-time member benefits include 24-hour access, complimentary WiFi, connection to our printer/scanner/copier/fax, a professional mailing address, free membership to the Community Rec. Center, and free conference room time.
We have a very responsive and attentive staff that takes an interest in the variety of needs of our diverse membership. We help people to coordinate meetings and events, host free monthly networking events, have a business advisor from the CT Small Business Development Center on site, and provide excellent day-to-day customer service. The building also is filled with art and a creative energy that stimulate engagement and innovation.
2018 was our inaugural year. In addition to increasing membership, enhancing services, and streamlining administrative procedures, our greatest contribution might be outside the walls of WORK_SPACE. With bold illuminated signage and impressive art hanging in the large Main Street windows, and a proactive strategy to partner with our neighbors, WORK_SPACE is helping to drive traffic, engage the community, and contribute to the economic vitality of Manchester's downtown economy.
CT Business Matchmaker offers an invaluable opportunity for small businesses to connect with prime companies and agencies that subcontract services and supplies. During a series of 10 minute 1-on-1 interviews, companies share details on their products and services, encouraging partnerships to form quickly. The event is open to all industries. This year we will focus on increasing the attendance of women- and minority-owned small businesses.
We offer direct connections to prime companies and agencies, a contact that can be very difficult for an individual company to procure. We also offer efficiency. Small businesses have often commented that it would have normally taken months to make all the contacts they made in one day at this event.
In 2018, 43 large companies/agencies and over 200 small businesses attended for this day-long, energized event. Each company had the opportunity to conduct at least 31 interviews, creating the potential for well over 1000 formal connections. This does not include the many informal connections made during the event between small business owners.
Get Seeded is a new initiative at UConn sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, the Werth Institute, the Management Department, First Year Programs, UConn Libraries and Innovation Quest. The program launched in November and includes 4 pitch nights. At each pitch night 8 teams are preselected to pitch to an audience of their peers as well as panel of guest judges to receive a small amount of seed funding for their idea.
There are many unique components to this event: the diversity of applicants (first years through PhD students, all majors, creative businesses through mobile applications), student leaders are selected to participate on the judging panel, the audience of their peers selects teams with popular vote, includes a networking component, former winners will be invited back to present what they accomplished since being funded and students without ideas are introduced to ideas ventures need team members.
In 2018, we held the first pitch night where we awarded 5 teams with a total of $3,000. Teams from that night have made significant efforts to further their ventures. Teams have received mentorship, continued to work on their prototypes, developing their products, received additional funding sources and many are looking to launch to earn revenue this year. We hope that the traction they gained from Get Seeded helps to move them to their ventures next level.
Show & Tell for creators, entrepreneurs, and anyone doing something they love. 4 minutes to share and 4 minutes for Q&A from the community. Check out some examples here: https://nhvshowandtell.com/list-of-projects-shared-at-show-tell/
We attract a wide range of people and projects, from traditional startups to social impact ventures to art, hobbies and more. It's low risk and collaborative. Not really a pitch, it truly is a chance to share with the community.
7 events, ~25 different projects, just a place for people to connect and support each other. if you are reading this, come join us at https://nhvshowandtell.com/
RHoK Jr. hosts one day Hackathons to teach 4th-8th graders how technology can be used for social good. At the event, students learn how to design and code a prototype smart phone app to benefit local non-profits. High school and college students, and computer science professionals, volunteer their time to guide the students through the software design process. Our events help students see that coding can be used to do more than create computer games.
Students work directly with mentors and nonprofits to brainstorm ideas. They then learn to use MIT APP Inventor to bring these ideas to life on smartphones and tablets. To help students learn about their organizations, non-profits have sometimes brought rescued animals, therapy dogs and even rehabilitated owls! At the end of the day, students get to make posters to present what they've done to other groups and their families. Public figures occasionally attend our events and encourage the kids.
RHoK Jr. held 12 hackathons throughout CT, reaching about 500 students, 180 mentors and 60 nonprofits. Survey data shows that participation in the hackathons have a positive impact on interest in computer science. Ninety percent of the girls rated their interest as high or very high after a hackathon, up from 65% before. Other measurable impacts include students studying computer science in high school, returning to mentor at future hackathons, and volunteering with their nonprofits.
SiW is a weeklong celebration of innovation based in Stamford, CT and drawing participants from Hartford to NYC. We help creators and creatives build; knowledge, products, solutions and, most importantly new and stronger relationships. Our event formats range from fireside-style lunches to outdoor concerts to a startup weekend and many other types. Through SiW, participants are exposed to peers, leaders, artists, organizations and ideas that are completely new and challenging by design.
Our blockchain events were very popular. McCarter English hosted a sold-out panel discussion on 'Crypto as an Asset Class.' In addition, The Werth Institute luncheon on Blockchain was wildly popular as was our Blockchain Summit featuring several upstart companies based in CT. Our kickoff show had over 700 attendees. Holly Danger from The Danger Gallery presented “High Voltage” a video projection show combining visuals and music that transformed over 1,000 square feet in Stamford Town Center."
For the first year of the event series, it was a great success. Across all of our events we had over 3,000 participants, 40 events, and dozens of hosts and sponsors. Our website had traffic from over 131 cities
The Power and Progress Business Women's Symposium is an annual event held at the EC-WBC in late January or early February. It brings together as much as 60 women and it held at the EC-WBC's East Hartford location. The event is always a big draw, and is anticipated by many women in the community. It is also a kick-off and feeder for the spring Women’s Business Roundtable session. Attendees leave the event energized and inspired to achieve their goals and succeed confidently in their business.
One is the quality of speakers the event brings to the community of women that come to Center programs year-round. The speakers are accomplished women entrepreneurs from CT and beyond, who share their experiences and wisdom with the audience. The event is held in the beginning of each year to kick the year off. It is catered and photographed by local entrepreneurs, and it uplifting and inspirational, as well as a great opportunity for women to expand their networks and support each other.
The topic of the symposium was “Shine: Making a Powerful Impression”. The keynote speaker was a very accomplished professional woman, who recently started her business with WBC assistance after attending several classes. Over 50 attendees. The reviews were very positive.
The Wolff New Venture Competition features pitches by the top 5 entrepreneurial teams from the CCEI Summer Fellowship program, chosen on a basis of venture viability and value added to the market. A panel of venture experts decide which team deserves the Wolff Prize and the $15,000 accompanying it. The Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Fund in Strategic Entrepreneurship, established to provide leadership for teaching and research in the field of strategic entrepreneurship, and funds this event.
The Wolff New Venture Competition is a culmination of an intensive 8 week summer program offered by CCEI. The Summer Fellowship Program accepts the top 10 startups from across the University, funds each team $15,000 and supports them with workshops, expert led sessions, and mentorship. At the end of the program the 10 teams pitch to a panel of experienced judges and only 5 of them are selected to move on to the Wolff New Venture Competition in the Fall.
In 2018, the Wolff family increased the prize money to $20,000 because they were so impressed with the quality of the teams invited to pitch. The winning team from the previous year was invited back to speak about their successes since receiving the award and help award the team the prize this year. This year QRFertile was awarded the Wolff Prize and has been making significant strides in developing a technology that will allow for an in home, quick and cost effective test for male fertility.
The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation supports UConn faculty, student and alumni entrepreneurs. We inspire and support a robust entrepreneurial culture across academic disciplines throughout the University by offering programs that support practical experience in entrepreneurship in hopes that we will not only support venture development but also prepare students and faculty to be more successful in their careers.
CCEI offers more than 10 programs that supports various forms of involvement in entrepreneurship and innovation. We hope our programs cultivate an interdisciplinary culture of entrepreneurship across the University and within the state. Our programs include academic courses, co-curricular programs, workshops and seminars, mentorship and coaching, internships and study abroad opportunities. We hope to engage students in meaningful experiences at any phase of their entrepreneurial journey.
In 2018 CCEI saw a significant growth in the amount of interest for the various programs we offered. We spent time assessing what other offerings are available both within the University and across the state and analyzed where the additional needs were. We have been working to fill in some of these needs by adding additional programs and support for ventures (including the following new initiatives: Get Seeded, InsurTech Fellows, Blockchain conference and the High Value Talent Retreat).
Framework Television is a digital television network with programming that teaches people digital skills like web development, digital design, and game programming. The network distributes programming through Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and other digital platforms. As a mission-driven organization Framework, seeks to bring digital skills to the world. By offering a full self-paced curriculum at prices as low as $9.99 a month, high-quality digital training becomes accessible to everyone.
Through online programs in 2018, the company has trained hundreds of coders, developers, and designers. The shortage of technical co-founders in the Connecticut ecosystem is palpable. (This is also a problem in many out-of-state ecosystems). By providing training for web engineers who are entirely able to help develop products, serve as technical co-founders or staff Connecticut enterprises, Framework offers a necessary resource for local entrepreneurship.
Framework Television (formerly LearnToProgram Media) has over the past decade impacted over a million people teaching digital skills such as coding and web development. In 2018 the Framework Professional Developer program trained numerous people who are working everywhere from Connecticut start ups, to funded New York City Startups, to established enterprise corporations. This past week Infosys hired two graduates of our program as another went to work at a digital firm in central Connecticut.
The InsurTech Initiative was launched by CCEI at UCOnn in collaboration with the University of Hartford with a higher education grant from CTNext. The goals of the program are to foster talent within the emerging InsurTech industry and develop a network of entrepreneurs and industry professionals within the Hartford insurance space. CCEI supports students, faculty and alumni ventures through academic courses, co-curricular programs and other experiential learning opportunities.
Students are educated through a focused academic course within the InsurTech Initiative called InsurTech Venturing. This course goes beyond the average lectures and classroom discussions; students from the class vary between background, university and collegiate level. The main instructors of the course are insurance industry experts who bring in a variety of speakers on an almost-weekly basis to share their industry experience and perspectives on the future of InsurTech.
We have seen significant improvement in the academic and professional growth of the participating students. The InsurTech Venturing course was rated favorably amongst the 16 students that were enrolled in the course. From the final course evaluation, students felt that they were introduced to industry expertise and opportunities to network in ways that they rarely see with their academic courses.
The Shabazz Academy is our family of Home Schoolers. Believing that true education is Limitless this is the approach we’ve taken in learning. We’ve divided our learning into 3 disciplines. C.O.R.E, Curriculum Of Real-life Education ( Connecticut standard plus) Community Service and Entrepreneurship.
I educate and prepare my students & interns through Love and Compassion. Which I find is the best way to teach anyone anything. My educational teaching style is hands-on and practical life. Learning by doing and teaching others inspires them to be the change they want to see. Along with having support of places like The Innovation Center and Workspace Academy allows my students to connect with like-minded individuals.
I am so proud of the milestones our students have achieved over the past year. Ziya Shabazz Williams age 14,won 6 Gold medals and state champion.Started her own business at 9 and was the youngest designer featured in Danbury fashion week.Kiana Shabazz Williams 15 is currently writing a book and had her Armistad model ship featured in the Statehouse.E’Jaaz Shabazz Williams 19 Received academic and performance scholarships to Hartford University.JustinTorres intern scholarship to Johnson Wales
PIE is a state-wide program placing college students in faculty laboratories or biotech startups for summer bioscience research.
PIE fellows are educated in entrepreneurship concepts and/or practice through real-world exposure to startup culture and a curriculum of 24 seminars, workshops and events that teach the importance of commercialization in bridging research discovery and practical benefit. The curriculum emphasizes the many ways people can be an innovator - as entrepreneur, inventor, collaborator, consultant or investor. By de-mystifying innovation, the PIE program “plants the seeds” of future entrepreneurship.
In 2018 the PIE engaged 79 students and 64 mentors from 7 CT universities and colleges in summer bioscience research and technology development. 95% of students were CT residents (25% minority, 12% first generation). Over half are still engaged in their research projects. Each student presented at PIE Research Day to more than 200 students, faculty, university leaders, entrepreneurs, state legislators and members of the public. PIE disseminated its message of innovation broadly via public newspaper stories, on-line articles and blogs.
PIE is a state-wide program placing college students in faculty laboratories or biotech startups for summer bioscience research. Our fantastic partners are: UConn/UConn Health (host institution); Trinity College; U-St Joseph; U-Hartford; Central Ct State U; Southern Ct State U; Tunxis Community and Capital Community Colleges; and CT Children's Medical Center. And we're still growing!
For 10 years Sea Tea Improv has been teaching students of all ages the tools, skills, and art of creative collaboration through play and comedy. We have three major branches: a theater for 600+ live comedy acts, a teaching studio that instructs hundreds of people a year on the art of thinking on their feet, and an outreaching Touring Company that brings both performances and education out into the wider world.
Entrepreneurs desperately need leadership and collaborative skills that will take their ideas from ideation to a full company. Our classes use improv comedy exercises and games to actively practice many essential skills: listening, adaptability, presentation, confidence, clarity, and most importantly, collaboration. Entrepreneurs of all stripes have benefited from improv classes, and we do it best in the state. These demonstrable benefits have also been widely documented in national media.
Sea Tea Improv trained hundreds of students of all ages and backgrounds by encouraging them to get on their feet and in front of classmates and audiences. Students reported increases in confidence and adaptability. Most importantly for us, we are proud to have introduced our students to a wide community of people from diverse backgrounds. Students were encouraged to collaborate with all people, and perform intelligently and confidently no matter who the audience.
SWL is a world language school specializing in early exposure for young children. The research is conclusive that children are able to best learn languages in their very early years. However, most school systems in the US and CT do not start exposing children to languages until middle school or high school. The end result is that the US lags behind most other industrialized nations in our ability to speak 2nd and 3rd languages. SWL provides that critical early exposure to world languages.
Our curriculum and lessons are designed to be fun, engaging, and interactive. The kids don't even know that learning a language is supposed to be hard. We immerse them in language while they are having fun and their young brains naturally soak up the second (or third) language, proper pronunciation, and grammar. We provide workbooks to the families to enable the parents to stay engaged and to help reinforce topics at home even if they don't speak the language.
In less than one year of operation, SWL provided world language exposure to almost 400 kids from newborns to grade 5. More than 10 languages are offered and re-enrollment rates exceed 90%. These children are speaking to their nannies in the nanny's native language, practicing new vocabulary with their immigrant grandparents, and making new friends at school from different cultures. Through fun and games in our classrooms, our youngest citizens are preparing themselves for a global future.
The University of Hartford’s Entrepreneurial Center & Women's Business Center (EC-WBC), founded in 1985, provides personalized business advising, educational programs, technical assistance, and networking events to new and expanding small businesses in Connecticut.
Instructional workshops in marketing, sales, organizational development, social media, government contracting, communications. One-on-One sessions with our Business Advisors, pro bono consultations with technical advisors. Special worrkshops on building a business plan, and gaining access to capital - loans and equity.
Workspace Education is a 501c(3) educational not-for-profit organization in Bethel, CT that provides families the resources they need to create and implement personalized educational tracks for their children. With a state-of-the-art high-tech 32,000 sq. ft. facility, Workspace allows students to learn the foundational literacies within an education truly customized to their passions. Our new model of what education can be is growing as seed Workplaces sprout across the country.
Workspace emphasizes real-world problem-solving, and we relish the messiness of trial and error, where it's OK to fail. Our courses build hands-on skills that can be applied across a variety of disciplines, and enable collaborative team-oriented projects. Workspace encourages an entrepreneurial spirit, with students starting small businesses, partnering with local businesses, and learning from area professionals. Our facility is very Silicon Valley, and we have a startup mindset.
We have grown from 17 to over 55 families in less than two years, with nearly 100 learners. Our members say we are an educational sandbox where children take ownership of their education, and that we are fostering a path to highly-creative adults. Designed to solve the problems of traditional education, we are being recognized as perhaps THE solution, the education of the future, attracting funding from national philanthropies. We have helped young learners take control of their future.
CERC is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that drives economic development in Connecticut by providing research based data, planning and implementation strategies to foster business formation, recruitment and growth. CERC has its finger on the pulse of Connecticut's economic competitiveness, strong connections to the state?s business and economic development communities, and a vision of collaboration to create a more prosperous home for residents and companies.
CERC is a pioneer in the development of programs, technologies and capabilities to support effective economic and business development in Connecticut and offers a complete range of services from economic impact analysis, strategic planning, data gathering and communications, to outreach, site selection and business assistance.
Through our accomplished staff and commitment to customer service, CERC has earned a reputation for excellence in Connecticut?s business and economic development community. CERC offers proven and relevant expertise that provides businesses and organizations with the knowledge and insight they need to gain a competitive advantage in Connecticut.
The Connecticut Film Initiative and our Film For Therapy movement provide a professional filmmaking resource for CT creatives of every niche. We produce films and documentaries that foster pride and passion in our artists, allowing them to best implement and utilize their creative talents. CTFI is partnering with organizations across the state to collaborate on film projects that advocate for social change and a call to action, through the art of film.
The culture of our company seeks to both support and partner with likeminded leaders and entrepreneurs in our state. We seek to provide artistic opportunities for those in the both the film industry and entrepreneurial artists in CT. CTFI worked exclusively with small businesses in the fields of graphic design, web design and photography during the process of creating our own brand. We then recognized, marketed and promoted the unique talents of entrepreneurs who aided in our venture startup.
The CT Film Inititiave and our Film For Therapy movement partnered with non-profit organizations to spread their messages and raise awareness for social causes, while simultaneously creating paying film jobs in the state of CT. This allowed CT creatives the opportunity to both showcase their talents, network and receive compensation for their time and efforts.