xCITE: Women in Entrepreneurship Network Kickoff

Company: Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UConn)

Location: Hartford

Describe your event

xCITE was originally established as a day-long conference for Connecticut women in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. The 2020xCITE: Women in Entrepreneurship Network Kickoff was created to “relaunch” the program.

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

In 2020, xCITE expanded and shifted its focus towards an increased frequency of networking and mentoring opportunities. This resulted in a reengineered program with an emphasis on building a committed network of women entrepreneurs and will engage participants year-round in meaningful opportunities designed to connect, support, and inspire.

What impact did your event make is 2020?

The 2020 relaunch featured keynote speaker, Charlene Walters, a UConn Alum, entrepreneurship coach, business and branding mentor, trainer and author of Launch Your Inner Entrepreneur. The event also featured a panel of inspiring women entrepreneurs who collectively helped to identify areas of opportunity to support other women entrepreneurs, develop skills critical to launching and leading innovative ventures, and build out a network of successful women entrepreneurs in CT.

Nominator Justification

xCITE was originally established as a day-long conference for Connecticut women in innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. The 2020 xCITE: Women in Entrepreneurship Network Kickoff was created to “relaunch” the program. This year, xCITE expanded and shifted its focus towards an increased frequency of networking and mentoring opportunities. This resulted in a reengineered program with an emphasis on building a committed network of women entrepreneurs thatwill engage participants year-round.

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