Third Bridge Grant Receives Additional $120K to Fund Student Startups

Third Bridge Grant Receives Additional $120K to Fund Student Startups

The School of Engineering has been awarded an additional $120K in funding from CTNext for the Third Bridge Grant Program. The purpose is to provide UConn engineering and business student entrepreneurs with early-stage funding to support milestones that advance innovative ideas towards commercialization. Activities that are funded include demonstrating marketable value, developing a proof-of-concept, or broadening marketable reach.

The Third Bridge Grant program originated in 2013 and has provided $425K total to thirteen startups to date. The total grant amount is in excess of $700K. At its inception, grants were award to Ph.D. or advanced degree candidates enrolled in the ENGR 5300 “Experiential Technology Entrepreneurship I and II” course designed and delivered by Dr. Hadi Bozorgmanesh. The program has been expanded this year to include engineering and business student entrepreneurs who enroll in ENGR/MGMT 3500 or ENGR 5300. It’s the first required course for the upcoming Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor.

For more information on the program, please check out thirdbridge.uconn.edu.