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Connecticut’s Thriving Innovation Ecosystem

A thriving career needs a thriving environment. That’s where Connecticut and a robust array of resources come in.

To gain insight into the active entrepreneurial network, five experts shed light on the local scene.

The Innovation Ecosystem

Whether in tech or entrepreneurship, this fast-growing innovation scene has significant momentum. Today, top-notch companies provide job seekers and career builders with an ecosystem that has put Connecticut on the map. 

Career builders don’t have to go far to find incredible incentives to start and grow businesses — and stand out in ways crowded and oversaturated metropolises don’t allow for.

Elevating Entrepreneurs

This collaborative and welcoming attitude is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to entrepreneurial support.

New graduates are eagerly welcomed into the community as they look for their professional fit. Innovation leaders are coming together to offer support through coaching and mentoring and sharing market feedback and industry insights to nurture future growth. And importantly, startups are getting the funding they need to flourish.

Organizations like Launc[H] Hartford serve as a driving force behind innovation communities. Launc[H]’s partners, who include some of the area’s largest employers, leading academic institutions, and community organizations, help pursue the goal of making Hartford the best place to start or scale a business on the East Coast.

Connecticut’s scene for incubators and accelerators is engaged and ever-growing. One of the state’s strongest differentiators is Connecticut Innovations, a strategic venture fund that has been a great source of seed capital for many founders.

Not only do they fund entrepreneurial dreams, but they also actively help founders build a network, get access to pitching opportunities, and point them toward resources offered by the state, including a network of potential new team members.

Meanwhile, from an academic technology point of view, Yale Ventures plays an important role in driving an early-stage pipeline of innovation. Yale Ventures offers training and education to faculty teams on developing a business plan, finding product-market fit, attracting financing, and building their early-stage teams.

Another top-tier service for entrepreneurs is CTNext, offering free consultation, helping companies obtain non-dilutive capital, and equipping startups with the tools they need to succeed.

Kicking Off a Career

Wondering where to start? There’s no one way to success. Local colleges and universities are preparing emerging talent for what comes next and pairing students up with some of the most innovative companies in the area.

Taking a different route? Connecticut accelerators have supported the creation and growth of hundreds of startups — and yours could be next. Read about local resources for innovators that offer time, talent acquisition services, marketing support, and access to potential customers.

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