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Building a future of innovation

UConn is dedicated to unleashing the solutions to major challenges for tomorrow’s citizens, and supporting trailblazing businesses is key to achieving that goal.

As one of the nation’s top 25 public universities, UConn is actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship and commercial ventures as part of its mission. Here to drive the future of innovation, enterprising students, faculty, and businesses alike can tap into a variety of resources, from our Technology Incubation Program (TIP) to the Learning Community Innovation Zone and beyond. UConn supports every aspect of innovation and business development, from the research that breeds new inventions to connecting entrepreneurs with funding resources and training.

Success Stories

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Company Man And College Student

By their sophomore year in high school, Ben Grosse ’21 (BUS) and his good friend Bharat Pulgam had amassed an impressive collection of broken earbuds. But their parents were less than impressed at the bills for replacement sets. Now co-owner and sales director of the $100,000-a-year company, Grosse, 18, recently shared the story of his business journey with students at UConn’s new Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (formerly the NextGen Residence Hall).

Read on UConn Today

Featured Event


Experience Innovation Expo

Thank you to everyone who helped make The Werth Institute's first Experience Innovation Expo a great success! Over 250 students attended, with over 40 entrepreneurship and innovation programs represented, and 26 competition entries submitted.

A review committee led by CTSBDC (CT Small Business Development Center) reviewed the applications and selected the following winners:

First Place: Juan (Freddy) Santiago for Campus Event Service.

Second Place: Chris D’Antonio for Fresh Food on Campus.

Third Place: Caroline Warren for Improved Campus Security

Congratulations to all of our winners!


Photos courtesy of Cat Boyce

Featured Event


Introduction to A.I. Workshop

Presented by OPIM Innovate 


This session is an informative workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in learning about Artificial Intelligence. The discussion will include a brief history of, and introduction to, Artificial Intelligence. Additionally, we will be exploring the concepts of machine learning and neural networks as well as discussing the real world implications of AI progression in the future. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more.


Friday, February 15

1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.


Gladstein Lab – BUSN 391


Register here.



Featured Event

Medication Reconciliation Hackathon

Presented by UConn Health


April 5 & 6

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Academic Entrance, UConn Health, 263 Farmington Ave, Farmington, CT



Click here for more info.


Read about last year's hackathon on UConn Today.




Featured Event

2019 MassChallenge Accelerator

Attention UConn entrepreneurs! Applications for the 2019 MassChallenge accelerator are officially open! MassChallenge is looking for the world's most-promising startups across industries! Have an idea or early-stage venture you want to scale? Apply for the chance to access top corporates, expert mentors, tailored curriculum, free office space, scholarships, and up to $1M in cash prizes – all at zero cost and for zero equity.

Deadlines for the 2019 accelerator are March 13 (Final). Interested applicants should contact Kathy F. Rocha at kathy.rocha@uconn.edu

Click here to learn more.





Entrepreneurship and Community Impact

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$60 million

raised in equity, debt, grants, and revenue by startups at UConn's Technology Incubation Program (in 2017)

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$80+ million

in industry partnerships connected with the Innovation Partnership Building

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US patents based on UConn Technologies

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Accelerate UConn Kickoff

Thursday, Feburary 28
12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
CCEI (100 Constitution Plaza, Hartford)

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Werth Institute Pizza Socials

Mondays 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
NextGen Idea Lab in Werth Tower