Welcome Message

Provost Message

Great universities have at their a core strong commitment to teaching, research, and public outreach. Truly transformative institutions, like UConn, pursue that mission each day with a vigorous spirit of entrepreneurship.

As Connecticut’s flagship university, we take seriously our ability and obligation to be the state’s most significant economic driver through education, innovation, and business development. We have the unrivaled capacity in our region to be an incubator for creative innovations and real-world solutions that are at the forefront of a rapidly changing global community. For all of these reasons, entrepreneurship has never been a greater imperative for the university, touching virtually all aspects of what we do.

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about UConn’s vast resources available to our enterprising students, faculty, and forward-thinking partners, and how you might join us in unleashing a brighter future for Connecticut and the world.

Craig H. Kennedy
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs


Director’s Welcome

Welcome to Entrepreneurship at UConn. The University of Connecticut has a rich history of developing innovative students of the highest caliber. With over 30 different programs dedicated to some aspect of entrepreneurship, as varied as the Idea Grant Program targeted to allow undergraduate students to complete their own developed projects around creative works, entrepreneurial ventures, or any innovative projects, to the TIP program that supports the development of scalable commercial ventures for faculty and students.

Members of the Werth Institute provide essential services supporting entrepreneurship including programs, activities, funding, courses, mentoring, and education. UConn offers students a wide range of courses to help them engage in entrepreneurship at different levels including foundational, advanced, and experiential. Students can pursue their interests through joint degrees, majors, or creating their own curricula. Ideas are also encouraged outside the classroom through numerous programs and activities as well as in makerspaces and creation spaces across campus, designed to encourage exploration and innovation.

We hope that you will view the Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation as your partner to navigate this large ecosystem. Current and prospective members partner with the Werth Institute to create greater opportunities for UConn students and faculty to expand our offerings, improve our network, and ultimately generate more innovation.

Whether you are a prospective student learning about our offerings, a member of the UConn faculty member that wants to develop a new program, or an alumni interested in supporting the entrepreneurial students of UConn, please reach out to our team members for help. We look forward to building a bright future together.

Enabling Opportunities Not Yet Imagined!

David Noble
Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship