July 17, 2018

CTNext awards $1.3M to higher-ed initiatives

Members of the CTNext board of directors listen to an Innovation Places pitch at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. Shown (from left to right) are Matt McCooe, George Mathanool and Hadi Bozorgmanesh.

CTNext, Connecticut's quasi-public entrepreneurship booster, says it will award $1.3 million among seven higher-education initiatives.

CTNext, a subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, announced Monday its first round of grant distributions are meant to spur innovation and entrepreneurship among institutions. The programs were recently approved by the CTNext board of directors.

"The grant recipient's programs are well positioned to bring greater collaboration and partnership among our state's higher educational institutions," CTNext Executive Director Glendowlyn Thames said.

The grant recipients include:

  • Connecticut Consortium for Entrepreneurship Educators: A group developing activities for college students to collaborate and create entrepreneurial ideas resulting in startup camp participation.

  • University of Bridgeport: Building a consortium of institutions to develop networks that improve innovation and entrepreneurship collaboration with partner institutions to growth new business and technical initiatives.

  • Partnership for Innovation and Education ("P.I.E."): A UConn-led partnership of seven institutions that engage and mentor science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in bioscience research.

  • University of Connecticut Technology Commercialization Services: A multi-institution partnership that leverages UConn's innovation infrastructures with Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Bridgeport and the CT Intercollegiate Partnership for Technology Transfer to collaborate, commercialize inventions and promote entrepreneurship, among other goals.

  • University of St. Joseph: To establish a 10-week interdisciplinary Integrated Solutions Laboratory Experience (ISLE) connecting students through learning experiences focused on product development and entrepreneurship.

  • Business Council of Fairfield County: A pilot fellowship program where six to eight higher education faculty members work with another six to eight local employers for about two months on joint initiatives to create an annual summer program focus on building innovation.

  • University of New Haven: Developing curriculum with UConn and The District to introduce and apply entrepreneurial concepts.

Established in 2012, CTNext currently has more than 2,500 members.

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