CCEI Summer Fellowship

Company: Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UConn)

Location: Hartford

Describe your program

CCEI's 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.

What are the coolest, most popular features of your program?

The program takes place over 8 weeks with each week having a different theme, such as market analysis, sales & growth strategies, brand development, financing strategies and more. 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 and one-on-one meetings.

What impact did your program make in 2020?

Summer Fellowship 2020 was slightly different due to the current global pandemic. We took this opportunity as a way to utilize the dynamic and innovative skills we strive to implement in each and every aspect of the program. We also brought in Communication instructor Rory McGloin to coach our participants in strategies for pitching in a virtual environment. Rory's expertise made a huge difference in the quality of their pitches and the way they communicated their ideas.

Nominator Justification

CCEI's Summer Fellowship leveraged the core competencies of instructors and drew on the knowledge of community business leaders to support entrepreneurs in the process of launching their business. Our newest addition to the program was Rory McGloin, an instructor of Communication at UConn. He taught our participants best practices for delivering a cohesive pitch in a virtual setting and sat in on weekly presentations to provide feedback, playing a big role in the programs success in 2020.

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