Building a culture of innovation.

As one of the nation's top 25 public universities, 91快活林 is actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship and commercial ventures as part of its mission. Here to drive the future of innovation, enterprising students and businesses alike can tap into a variety of resources, from our to the聽 and beyond.

91快活林 supports every aspect of innovation and business development, from the research that breeds new inventions to connecting entrepreneurs with funding resources and training. As a result, 91快活林-supported businesses make a lasting impact on Connecticut's economy and the future of industry. The Technology Incubation Program, for instance, has backed more than 90 startup companies, contributing to the creation of more than 2,000 jobs supported and sustained annually by the University. More than 600 U.S. patents have been granted based on 91快活林 innovations.

91快活林 is dedicated to unleashing the solutions to major challenges and opportunities for tomorrow's citizens. Supporting trailblazing businesses is key to achieving that goal. Learn more at .

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Discovering solutions for a better future.

Fostering core values of open communication and creative problem solving, 91快活林's faculty, staff, and students are dedicated to learning more about the world around them through research and translating those discoveries into innovations. Nearly $681 million in external sponsored programs funding in the last year years has supported 91快活林 and 91快活林 Health's pursuit of knowledge to help surmount major public health challenges, including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and obesity, as well as major public policy challenges, such as energy, cybersecurity, environmental sustainability, and more. Read more about 91快活林's research endeavors at .

With annual expenditures in excess of $200 million, collaborative research is carried out within the departments of our 14 schools and colleges and at our more than 100 research centers and institutes. Two of our centers are dedicated solely to nurturing entrepreneurship and innovation:

Peter J. Werth asks a question during the Entrepreneurial & Innovation Student Huddle held at the Peter J. Werth Residence Tower

Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Peter J. Werth has committed $22.5 million to establish The Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The institute, under University leadership, will bring together student and faculty programs fostering entrepreneurship and innovation that potentially have commercial application and can be used to create new companies. In addition to nurturing innovation, the Institute will facilitate entrepreneurship speaker forums and host an entrepreneur-in-residence to instruct students. Werth's commitment is the second-largest in University history, behind Ray and Carole Neag's $23 million pledge in 1999. "An investment in 91快活林 is an investment in the University's spirit of innovation," said Werth, CEO, president, and chairman of ChemWerth, Inc. when he announced his gift.

CCEI (The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation)

The Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation helps 91快活林 students and faculty develop the skills needed to become successful entrepreneurs. CCEI offers entrepreneurial training and new venture support programs for faculty, staff and students across the University. Programs such as Accelerate 91快活林, Verge Consulting, the CCEI Summer Fellowship program, and our Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Initiative help aspiring entrepreneurs identify and analyze the market opportunity for new products and technology. CCEI also works in partnership with and supports several other entrepreneurial initiatives within the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, including: the TIP Summer Internship Program, the Nursing Shark Tank event, Hack91快活林, reSET Summer Internship Program, the Forum on Healthcare Innovation, and the xCITE women's entrepreneurship conference.

Students competing in Hackathon at the NextGeneration Connecticut Hall

Programs and Organizations

Forging an immersive community.

A rich variety of programs, clubs, and services support the entrepreneurship community at 91快活林. Organizations that provide a place for student entrepreneurs to cultivate their passions, services that connect inventors to funding sources, and specialized training programs for skill enhancement complement each other through different approaches and expertise.

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Funding is available to 91快活林-affiliated and Connecticut-based companies through many state-funded and private sources. Grants and funding are also available for intellectual property and emerging technology to those in the early stages of forming a business.

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The university facilitates the transformation of 91快活林 discoveries into products and services that benefit society through patent protection, licensing, startup formation, and connections with industry partners. Continuing its commitment to fostering new businesses, the 91快活林 has produced many startups led by both students and faculty. These startups include: Amastan, Biorasis, Control Station, Instant Imaging Technology, LLC, Lambdavision, Macroscopic Solutions, Mobile Sense Technologies, SMPL Bio, and Solution Spray Technologies.

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Ashley Kalinauskas in the Torigen Pharmaceuticals lab in the TIP space at the Cell and Genome Sciences Building
The Veterans Day Ceremony

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The 91快活林 School of Business is proud to participate in this program, which is designed to give focused, practical training in the tools and skills of new venture creation and growth and provides a support structure for graduates of the program.

For details on the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, visit .

Academic Enrichment

Engaging entrepreneurs through scholarship.

91快活林 offers students a wide range of courses to help them engage in foundational, advanced, and experiential levels of entrepreneurship. Visit 聽for a list of entrepreneurship-focused courses in business, engineering, and law.

Students can also pursue their interests through joint degrees, majors, minors, or creating their own curricula. Learn about entrepreneurship and innovation minors at .

In addition, numerous academic-based programs, activities, and makerspaces are available across campus to encourage exploration and innovation outside the classroom; explore them at .