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UConn

 

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Jennifer Murphy

 

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Director

 

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Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

 

City/Town

Hartford

 

Describe your event (<500 characters)

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 $20,000 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.

 

What are the coolest, most popular features of your event? (<500 characters)

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.

 

What impact did your event make is 2019? (<500 characters)

In 2019, Phoenix Tailings, a service that refines toxic waste into valuable metals, was awarded the Wolff Prize of $20,000. The winning team from the previous year, QRFertile, was invited back to speak about their successes and help award the team the prize this year. Since receiving the Wolff Prize, Phoenix Tailings has been making significant strides in developing their technology and has been accepted into Techstars Boston, one of the most competitive accelerators in the country.

 

What people are saying about Wolff New Venture Competition ...

 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 $20,000 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 funds this event. This 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. The winning team from the previous year, QRFertile, was invited back to speak about their successes since receiving the award and help award the team the prize this year. This year Phoenix Tailings was awarded the Wolff Prize and has been making significant strides in developing a technology that will allow for the elimination and recycling of toxic waste to be used for manufacturing of technologies and everyday products.  

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