The UConn Library is an enthusiastic partner in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Consortium’s efforts to foster innovation and economic development by providing a cornerstone of expertise, resources, and spaces to help you transform your ideas.
Our specialized online research tools, which number in the hundreds, are available for each step of the entrepreneurial process – from initial research and development, to gathering data to inform business plans and investor pitches. Access to thousands of specialized trade journals and databases in numerous fields like computer science, engineering, and medicine are at your fingertips.
An important piece of this immersive experience is UConn’s first publicly accessible 3D Printing Studio in the Homer Babbidge Library. The start to a true MakerSpace, this location will be a focal point in the core of the academic community for developing and prototyping product ideas. You can find more information at http://lib.uconn.edu/services/uconns-3d-printing-studio/
Also, to help you navigate the wealth of resources, we are excited to be conducting a national search for an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Librarian. This person will be a key member of UConn’s immersive entrepreneurial experience through their engagement with students in the Innovation House Learning Communities and all other innovators and inventors on campus. An expert in business research, they will work closely with you to get the most out of tools and resources available.
A great place to start on your journey is our Entrepreneurship Research Guide at http://classguides.lib.uconn.edu/entrepreneurship. There you will find tips to navigate our databases to conduct research on consumer and technology trends and competitors, and develop market intelligence to understand how and whether a new innovation would have a competitive advantage.