Wolff New Venture Competition

Company: Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UConn)

Location: Hartford

Describe your event

The Wolff New Venture Competition features live pitches by the five of the top startups coming out of UConn each year. These teams are selected from the CCEI Summer Fellowship program, chosen on a basis of venture viability and value added to the market.

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

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.

What impact did your event make is 2020?

This year, the Wolff New Venture Competition was held virtually for the first time since its inception, making it accessible to almost double the amount of attendees we commonly see when this event was hosted in-person. Pisces Atlantic was awarded the 2020 Wolff Prize, which strives to disrupt the fish-food industry with an innovative compound consisting primarily of dehydrated vegetables and insects. Past Wolff winners have raised $13.2 million of funding in 2020 alone.

Nominator Justification

The Wolff New Venture Competition featured live pitches by the top 5 startups from CCEI’s Summer Fellowship Program. In 2020, the Wolff New Venture Competition was held virtually for the first time since its inception, with over 130 people in attendance, almost double the amount we've received for in-person events. Pisces Atlantic was awarded the 2020 Wolff Prize, which strives to disrupt the fish-food industry with an innovative, and healthier alternative for fish feed.

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