Building a Culture
of Innovation

At UConn, entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, unrestrained by school, college, or program.

Our students, faculty, and staff seek to improve the world around them through innovation, meeting societal needs with novel solutions for products, services, and processes. The Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation links the multitude of ways students can learn and practice entrepreneurship at the University, unlocking an innovative mindset in every student and instilling an inquisitive approach to rejecting the status quo.

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UConn Student Entrepreneur Sells her ‘QueenBee’ Supplement at Newest CT Whole Foods Market

Jain, a sophomore engineering major, said she’s very excited to bring her product to market. An avid fan of honey bees, she developed the all-natural beverage by mixing royal jelly, sometimes called “superfood of the Queen Bee,” from beehives with ginger and turmeric. She has been perfecting the recipe for months on end but to watch strangers try and enjoy it, was thrilling, she says. Read on UConn Today

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CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA) Fall 2021 Pitching & Networking Event FINAL CALL for Application

This is your last chance to be part of Connecticut's longest-running pitch competition and favorite networking opportunity in 2021 - CTNext's Entrepreneur Innovation Awards/EIA. The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards event features startup and early-stage companies vying for grants of $10,000 or more! There can be one, two, three or more winners - plus the Crowd Favorite and Judges' Favorite grants of $2,000 each. Due Tuesday, September 14. Apply Now

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VentureWell’s E-Team Grant Program

The E-Team program supports multidisciplinary student-led teams who are aiming to bring their innovation out of the lab and into the market. Every year, we award over $700,000 in non-dilutive E-Team grants to these early-stage student science and tech startups who are on the path to launching innovations with a social, health, or environmental impact. In the past two decades, VentureWell has provided over $8M in grants to more than 550 entrepreneurial teams. Our 180+ alumni ventures have received over $122M in follow-on funding since taking part in the E-Team program. Meet our E-Teams

By the Numbers

  60+ Member Programs

  $22.5M Commitment from Peter J. Werth for UConn Entreprenurship Programs

Since 2015 100 Teams Have Participated in Accelerate UConn Entreprenurship Training

  650+ Patents Issued for UConn Innovations