Vote Accelerate UConn
Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Hartford & Storrs
Describe your program (<500 characters)
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.
What are the coolest, most popular features of your program? (<500 characters)
Accelerate UConn is the only NSF I-Corps site in Connecticut. The program's curriculum educates teams on customer discovery which allows them to assess and test their assumptions about their customer segments and value propositions. The program has graduated over 100 startup teams since starting in 2015.
What impact did your program make is 2019? (<500 characters)
In 2019 alone, teams that have participated in Accelerate UConn have raised over $2.5M in funding. Startups that participated in Accelerate UConn were accepted into MassChallenge, Techstars, and Digital Health CT powered by Startupbootcamp this year! In order to keep up with the number of teams interested in participating in the program, CCEI increased from two cohorts per year to three. The program piloted this three cohort model in Summer 2019.
What people are saying about Accelerate UConn...
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. 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. Each team focuses on completing 50 customer interviews that allows them to assess and test their assumptions about their customer segments and value propositions. In 2019, the program has graduated over 100 teams across 10 cohorts. 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 become more competitive. Due to increased interest in the program, we have expanded the program to include 3 cohorts per year. Chereace Marcellin