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.

Featured Event

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 here!

Informational Webinar: April 14th

Application Deadline: May 6th

Workshops: July 23-25th, August 6-8th

In the News

Woman in flip flops standing on a stone in a koi pond at Tirta Gangga, Bali, Indonesia.

“Koi People,” Quantitative Analysis, and Quarantine

“The koi person is a very specific kind of person,” says Eva Quigley ’22 (CANHR), a nutritional sciences major from New Milford who didn’t start her summer knowing much about the big, brightly colored, decorative fish that are popular additions to ornamental ponds and gardens, or about the people who keep them. “People who own koi fish really, really love koi fish. They’re very dedicated to keeping their fish beautiful, and they tend to really care about what they’re feeding their koi.”

Read on UConn Today.

Success Stories

School of Business students at Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation CCEI in Hartford on June 18, 2019. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

UConn’s CCEI, Alumni, and Affiliates Honored with 2020 CT Entrepreneur Awards

UConn’s Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was a big winner in this year’s Connecticut Entrepreneur Awards, taking home top honors with recognition as the 2020 Community Promoter of the Year.

Read on UConn Today.

Featured Event


Splunk Analytics Workshop

Presented by OPIM Innovate

During this workshop, attendees will be briefed on the Splunk Enterprise software and how Splunk, Inc. is revolutionizing the analysis of machine data. An American public multinational corporation based in San Francisco, California, Splunk, Inc.’s mission is to make machine-generated big data accessible. They do this through Splunk Enterprise, helping students and professionals identify data patterns and visualize findings, all via a web-style interface.

During the workshop, data security, Internet of Things, and machine learning concepts will be discussed and further explored through the Splunk Enterprise software. While a prior understanding of these concepts will be useful during the workshop, it is not required. We will be providing additional resources for those who would like to learn more.

When: February 22 | 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where: Gladstein Lab – BUSN 391

Register here.

Featured Event

Medication Reconciliation Hackathon

Presented by UConn Health

When: April 5&6 | 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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

Click here to learn more.

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.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 13 (Final)

Contact: Kathy F. Rocha at

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