Funding is available on a competitive basis to UConn-affiliated and Connecticut-based companies through many state-funded and private sources. Grants and funding are also available for intellectual property and emerging technology to those in the early stages of forming a business. For a list of funding sources available for idea development, for businesses in the startup phase, and for established businesses, please see below.
All funding is in the form of grants unless otherwise indicated in the Program description.
Funding Potential: Up to $150,000 for pre-seed expenses; requires at least a 50% match from private sources. If match comes from management or founders, the expectation is that funds won't be used for their salaries.
Eligibility: Company in operation for fewer than seven years; developing a technology; nonrecurring revenue from non-grant sources of less than $2,000,000; fewer than 25 employees with 75% or more who work in Connecticut.
Prerequisites: For detailed prerequisite information, visit CT Innovations.
Eligibility: Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible only if associated with faculty proposal. Any UConn or UConn Health investigator with technology that has realistic commercial potential. Basic research projects aren’t eligible.
Prerequisites: None; Existing intellectual property a plus.
Timeline: Letter of Intent due ~9/1, full proposals by invitation due ~10/15, presentations to selection committee ~11/1. Awards are announced mid-November.
Sponsor: Office of the Vice President for Research
On Friday, March 29th, OPIM Innovate will be hosting an Alexa Skill Building workshop for UConn faculty, staff, and students interested in smart voice technologies like Amazon Alexa products. Attendees will be given an overview of smart speakers and their application in different business sectors. Then, each participant will build their own Alexa Skill for hands-on experience.
Additional resources will be provided for those who would like to learn more after the workshop.
Interested in this event? Please sign up here: https://nexus.uconn.edu/secure_per/events/event_registration.php?ser=1251&rc=7853298564
We hope to see you there!
Contact Information: Jonathan Moore, email@example.com
UConnâs first everÂ Women in Making ForumÂ seeks to highlight the successes of challenges of the women of the maker movement. We will identify barriers to entry and discuss best practices to navigate these barriers in a panel discussion. There will be speakers on inclusivity, gender bias, and the history of women in making. Additionally, we will host skill-building workshops which celebrate crafting, mending, and repurposing as traditionally feminist self-reliant practices and the origin of the maker movement.Â All are welcome.
Contact Information: Learning Community Innovation Zone (LCIZ)
Storrs CampusNextGen Forum/Idea Lab (112/113) in Werth Tower
In partnership with Nerac, Inc., First Year Programs & Learning Communities invites students to attend XcellR8 meetings, where they will be able to talk and network with Nerac's XcellR8 members and UConn faculty and staff - a very special opportunity.
XcellR8 events connect innovative entrepreneurs with knowledgeable experts and angel investors in meetings where the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas or where they are in developing a start-up company so the audience can brainstorm strategies, provide feedback and share ideas.
UConn signup and more information about each meeting will be available closer to the dates.