Library Drives Entrepreneurship with New 3D Printing Studio


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/

The Learning Commons' iStudios are group study rooms equipped with a large screen computer workstation, a whiteboard, and seating for up to five individuals. JPG

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.

IP Law Clinic Helps Deliver Breakthrough Patent


August 1, 2016

The UConn School of Law Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (“IP Law Clinic”) is pleased to announce the issuance of US Patent No. 9357912 to Dr. Yan Zhang, of Vernon, Connecticut.  Dr. Zhang has been a client of the IP Law Clinic for several years.  During this time period, UConn law students working under the supervision of IP Law Clinic Faculty, assisted Dr. Zhang in preparing, filing and prosecuting his patent application before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). 

The patent deals with a noninvasive apparatus and method for evaluating certain biomechanical properties of eye tissue.

“I was very pleased with the cooperation, effort and attention to detail provided by the students and faculty at the IP Law Clinic.  An issued patent can open many doors for a new business endeavor” said Dr. Zhang.

The IP Law Clinic provides patent, trademark and copyright services to Connecticut’s innovators and entrepreneurs as part of an instructional and experiential learning program.  Services are provided by UConn law students under the supervision of experienced intellectual property attorneys who are faculty members.  For more information, contact iplawclinic@uconn.edu.


The Yale Entrepreneurship & Innovation Summit is an event tailored to Yale innovators and others developing early-stage technologies to encourage the sharing of new discoveries with market potential with the broader investment community. The event includes the BIOTECH BOOTCAMP, aimed at those interested in commercializing ideas for drug discovery and biological therapeutics, and the TECH BOOTCAMP, for those interested in commercializing ideas from the physical and computer sciences, engineering, software and services. In both cases, the emphasis is on developing fundable ideas and taking an entrepreneurial approach to getting pharmaceutical companies and venture capitalists to engage.

WHEN: MAY 12, 8am-6pm
WHERE: Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave.


  • The largest gathering of early stage venture investors ever held on campus – over 25 firms with $40 billion under management!
  • Panels on engaging investors at the earliest stages and the latest opportunities and trends in biotech & tech investing
  • Two keynotes: Crystal McKellar, Managing Director & General Counsel, Mithril Capital & George Yancopoulos, President & Chief Scientific Officer of Regeneron Research Laboratories
  • Pitchoffs for Yale biotech ventures and Yale tech ventures
  • Two Poster Sessions
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Snacks
  • Networking Session

Event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.



UConn IDEA Grant Award Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the 35 UConn undergraduates who have been awarded UConn IDEA Grants in the spring 2016 funding cycle!

22 of the award recipients will be completing individual projects, and 13 will be working on collaborative group projects. The award recipients represent a variety of disciplines, from printmaking to biomedical engineering, horticulture to political science. They will work on launching new ventures; developing art exhibitions, puppet shows, YouTube series, and television pilots; and collaborating with community organizations.

Click here to view the full list of spring 2016 UConn IDEA Grant award recipients.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff that supported student applications to the UConn IDEA Grant and to those who will be mentoring the award recipients as they complete their projects. We would also like to thank the faculty and staff from around the University who served as reviewers.

The UConn IDEA Grant program awards funding to support self-designed projects including artistic endeavors, community service initiatives, traditional research projects, entrepreneurial ventures, and other creative and innovative projects. Undergraduates in all majors at all UConn campuses can apply. Applications are accepted twice per year from individuals and from small groups who plan to work collaboratively on a project.

The next application deadline will be in December 2016.

More information on the UConn IDEA Grant program can be found at http://ugradresearch.uconn.edu/IDEA.

reSET’s 2016 Impact Challenge

The reSET Impact Challenge is an entrepreneurial competition that awards funding and brings regional visibility to the most innovative and viable social venture start-ups in New England. This year, we are excited to announce that the prize purse has grown to $100,000!


To apply, businesses must meet the following three criteria:

  • The business must create positive social/environmental impact;
  • The business must be incorporated in, or hold significant operations in New England;
  • The business can’t have generated more than 1 million dollars in total revenue.

Applications are due June 1st, 2016. To learn more or to apply, visit our website www.TheImpactChallenge.org, where you can also sign up for a coaching session to get some help with your application.

Bio Pipeline CT – Request for Proposals to fund commercialization of new bio-medical technologies

Bio Pipeline CT encourages start-up companies, student teams, and faculty affiliated with any CT university to apply for funding to help turn new bio-medical technologies into viable business ventures.  The most competitive proposals will be awarded up to $30,000 which can be a stepping stone to larger funding through sources like the Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund (CBIF).   To apply, visit the Bio Pipeline CT website at  http://biopipelinect.org/

Intellectual Property Basics for Tech Entrepreneurs

A time to learn and get answers from some of the best IP lawyers in the region!

The Technology Incubation Program (TIP) would like to invite you to a learning and networking event for current and would-be CEOs of for-profit start-ups where we will discuss “ Intellectual Property Basics for Tech Entrepreneurs”. Topics of the presentation include:

  • What is patent-eligible in biotech and IT/software?

  • What’s the difference between freedom of practicing one’s invention and the right to exclude others from practicing one’s invention?

  • Key events over the life of a patent

  • … with plenty of time for questions!

TIP is a program of the Office of the Vice President for Research, Technology Commercialization Services.

After the presentation, please join us for networking and refreshments at our just opened state-of-the art Incubator and tour the new labs and offices available to tech companies from inside and outside of the University.

Presenters:   Anthony D. Sabatelli, Ph.D. – former biotech executive and research scientist, chair of Dilworth IP’s biotechnology and life sciences practice; and Fred Spaeth, MBA- more than 20 years’ experience in IP law, providing counseling on patent and trademark issues


Date: Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Time: Presentation: 2:00 p.m.

Networking: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Place: Grossman Auditorium, UConn Health Center Cell & Genome Sciences Building,

400 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06032  

Refreshments will be served.

This event is free thanks to the kind support of event sponsors, CT Natural Gas and Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI).

Click here to register:


5th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Save the Date!  5th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Ed.  June 13 – 15, 2016 @ UMass Lowell.  Call for Panel Proposals out soon.

As the new academic year kicks into full gear, we once again pass along our deepest thanks to all attendees of the 4th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education this past June.  More than 300 attendees from over 80 different academic institutions gathered together to share best practices, learn from each others’ experiences and network with peers interested in accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship activities at their institutions.  Links to the keynote addresses and panel presentations are shown below.

Planning is currently underway for the 5th Annual Deshpande Symposium scheduled for June 13 – 15, 2016 at UMass Lowell.  Keynote speakers and workshops are being identified. And the Call for Panel Proposals will be available in early October, so please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

We look forward to your active participation in this coming year’s Symposium. For more information, please visit: www.deshpandesymposium.org