Resources for Student Businesses

Connecticut has several resources for students working on starting or running a business. If you are a student interested in starting a business, or if oyu already have a business, check out this list of resources specifically for you.


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Accelerate UConn

If you are a UConn student or faculty member interested in learning about the commercial potential of your venture check out Accelerate UConn

Accelerate UConn is UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. Its mission is to catalyze the transition of new scientific discoveries and capabilities from the lab to the marketplace.

Participating teams will receive an introduction to the most critical elements of the I-Corps Curriculum and Lean Launchpad methodology.  Over the course of 7 weeks, teams will learn how to determine the market opportunity for their product or technology.

Each workshop provides hands-on training in the fundamental components of new venture creation and is delivered by experienced entrepreneurs and faculty members. Participants are provided with personalized coaching and feedback which will help them construct an evidence-based business model and market entry strategy.  Participating teams also receive $3,000 in seed funding for their ventures.

Accelerate UConn is open to all university faculty and students.

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Connecticut Invention Convention

If you or someone you know is a K-8 student inventor.

The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) is an award-winning, internationally recognized, 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational program designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills in children in grades K-8 through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship, while encouraging their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Our mission is to provide the children of Connecticut with opportunities to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills through invention and innovation, instilling the creative spirit in students today and for the rest of their lives. Our goal is to have every child, in every school district, become an inventor at least once, better twice.

CIC continues to develop plans and methods to reach every K-8 student with the spirit of invention here in the State of Connecticut and, we propose, beyond our borders. With the help of the University of Connecticut and our corporate sponsors, we are implementing new teaching products, new curriculum, new regional opportunities, new software and new flexible programming to suit every teaching environment. We believe that this exciting and fulfilling invention experience is the core of our nation's future, and we hope to promote its vision everywhere.

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Fairfield Startup

If you are a Fairfield University student looking for a strong support network for your entrepreneurial efforts check out Fairfield Startup.

Fairfield StartUp is a yearly program of events designed to foster young entrepreneurial talent at Fairfield University through engagement with mentors and investors drawn from alumni and local business communities.

Starting with the Kickoff in September, prospective students are shepherded through a sequence of educational, networking and mentoring events designed to help them ideate and articulate their business models, recruit teams and mentors and attract partners and other resources needed to start their businesses.

The program culminates each year at the StartUp Showcase, where students negotiate live with investors for seed money to start their businesses.

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Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC) -- UConn

If you are looking for pro bono intellectual property legal services from UConn law students.

The Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Clinic (IPEC) provides, on a non-fee basis, intellectual property education, counseling and legal services to inventors, entrepreneurs, companies, artists and research scientists in Connecticut.

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Patricelli Center For Social Entrepreneurship

If you are a student interested in Social Entrepreneurship consider looking into the Patricelli Center.

As our mission states, "Wesleyan University is dedicated to providing an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism." The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship makes that mission a reality for students by teaching practical skills, building a community of changemakers, and forging pathways for student entrepreneurs and innovators.

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UConn Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI)

If you are a founder of a UConn venture and are interested in soliciting a student.

The Innovation Accelerator uses project teams composed of UConn graduate and undergraduate students to help solve complex business issues for Connecticut’s technology-based entrepreneurial ventures through an accelerator program. UConn faculty and mentors engage in consulting projects.

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UConn Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) Startup Challenge

If you are a UConn student looking for an entrepreneurial competition.

The UConn Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) Startup Challenge is a UConn student idea pitch competition and a traditional written business plan competition. CCEI hopes to offer this programming to help identify student entrepreneurs and bring them together, and to get them to think creatively about new business ideas.

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Yale Entrepreneur Institute Incubator

If you are a Yale student looking for affordable office space.

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute (YEI) was formed to help Yale students and faculty start scalable new business ventures. We mentor innovators through ideation, proof-of-concept and the business creation process. We focus on those venture opportunities that are the most viable and have the highest impact potential and which enhance Yale's entrepreneurial self-awareness.

As a hub for innovation, we strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset across the entire university community. As a proving ground for commercial viability, we engage both alumni and non-alumni experts across a wide range of industries to help validate and refine products and services. As a point of contact with the business world, we seek to collaborate with external investors and corporate partners who share our vision.

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Yale Entrepreneurial Institute

If you are a Yale student looking to start a new venture.

The Yale Entrepreneurial Institute is a university department that helps entrepreneurs and innovators at Yale start scalable new ventures with programs, workshops, events and funding. YEI is leading the effort to expand entrepreneurship opportunities across Yale and to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem in New Haven, through partnerships with Yale's schools, campus innovation centers, and local entrepreneurship groups and business partners. There are currently 80 active YEI companies that have raised over $135 million in funding and created over 350 jobs.

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