2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

May 10, 2018

2018 Collegiate Inventors Competition

About CIC
The Collegiate Inventors Competition (CIC) was founded in 1990 to encourage and drive innovation and entrepreneurship at the collegiate level. The Competition brings together the nation’s brightest college minds to showcase, recognize and award their cutting-edge research and discovery.

How to Enter
The first step in applying for to the CIC is filling out our online application form. The application form will include:
– Your student information
– An essay including a brief description or abstract of your invention
– A letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or professional reference
– A literature/patent search and summary
– Any relevant supporting or supplemental materials (i.e. charts, graphs, videos, samples, etc.)
Application Resources
– Rules and Requirements
– Entry Tips
– Advisor Letter
– Patent Search

Visit invent.org/challenge, or email collegiate@invent.org for more information.

Submissions close June 8, 2018.


April 16, 2018

Celebrating Connecticut’s Support for Small Business and Entrepreneurs

SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in economic development and the small businesses community.

This event is rescheduled from its original date on March 21st.

Friday, April 20, 2018
10am – 1pm

Connecticut State Capitol
Old Judiciary Room
210 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT

Speaker Agenda:

  • 10am: House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz
  • 11am: Commissioner Catherine Smith of Department of Economic and Community Development
  • 11:15am: Wendell Davis, Small Business Administration Regional Administrator for Region 1
  • State Representative Themis Klarides (invited)

CTSBDC Clients Exhibiting:

  • ReGift the Wrap
  • Mizzi Cosmetics
  • Noteworthy Chocolates
  • Boyle’s Naturals
  • KultureMAG
  • Tina Pirazolli Photography
  • Grounded Coffee Company
  • The Cooper Group
  • 360 Properties

Join the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) celebrate Connecticut’s support for small business and entrepreneurs on the 2nd Annual SBDC Day. SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impacts America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in the economic development and the small businesses community.

Hear remarks from State Representative Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz; Catherine Smith, DECD Commissioner; Wendell G. Davis, Regional Administrator of SBA’s Region I. Network with small business owners and advocates, learn more about the CTSBDC, and check out some CTSBDC client business exhibits.


This is a reception-style event; come for as little or as long as you can. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be served catered by CTSBDC clients.

For more information on the event: https://18ctsbdcday.eventbrite.com

2018 MassChallenge Accelerator Applications are OPEN!

February 21, 2018


Since 2010, we have accelerated more than 1,211 alumni, which have gone on to raise over $2 billion in funding, generate approximately $900 million in revenue, and create over 65,000 total jobs. This is just the beginning, and we’d love your support in identifying our next cohort of world-changing ideas!

Know of any promising startups that might benefit from equity-free access to expert mentors, top corporates, $1.5 million, and more? 

Are you a startup interested in applying? We’d love to meet you!  

  • Join our first Open House on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 6-8pm to tour our accelerator space, meet our staff, and learn more about our program
  • Apply at masschallenge.org/apply with code 2018MCBOSNewsletter25 for a 25% off refund on the application fee
Let’s create the next MassChallenge success story together!
– The MC Team

Innovation Quest

February 6, 2018

Innovation Quest is an entrepreneurial program helping students from all disciplines turn their innovative business ideas into a reality, with mentorship and guidance along the way.

Innovation Quest was a success last year due to the support from the UConn community, translating into a record number of applications for the program. Our goal is to break that mark yet again, giving more students the opportunity to follow their dreams.

The kickoff workshop is Monday, February 12th for Storrs campus participants, and Wednesday, February 14th for Stamford campus participants. Additionally, interested students can sign up here: https://innovationquest.uconn.edu/events/kickoff/



Storrs Campus Participants

Stamford Campus Participants

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

September 29, 2017

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.

Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster Potential

Loos & Co. Partnership Validates

Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster Potential

The School of Engineering recently completed a pilot project with Loos & Co. through the Quiet Corner Innovation Cluster (QCIC) program. Dr. Steven Suib and Ph.D. candidate Kenneth Petroski led the effort to characterize galvanized wire which is core to their offering. The outcome of the analysis will have a substantial impact on their business including higher quality, new tests to reduce time and cost associated with isolating defects, and entry into new markets.

QCIC is a three-year endeavor to foster growth in small and medium-sized technology and manufacturing companies located in eastern CT. Loos & Co. is the first of fourteen partners who will take part in the program which is jointly funded by UConn, EDA, and CT Innovations. QCIC leverages UConn’s extensive science and technology resources to help companies solve problems or embrace opportunities to grow their business. The outcome of the project with Loos demonstrates the tremendous potential and impact of the program.

For more information, please contact Kathy F. Rocha at kathy.rocha@uconn.edu.

Innovation through Manufacturing Simulation

September 28, 2017

Innovation through Manufacturing Simulation

Computer modeling and simulations can drastically lower the cost of creating a manufacturing product, usually going through multiple processes, which meets specification requirements. A simulation is typically performed in a fraction of the time and cost it takes to build and test a product. Finite element modeling and simulations are important tools for manufacturers, but the costs for computing resources and software and the lack of modeling expertise have prohibited small- and medium-sized manufacturers from taking advantage of such powerful tools.

That’s where the Connecticut Manufacturing Simulation Center (CMSC) comes in. The CMSC was established in September 2016 through a partnership between UConn, Connecticut Innovations, and the United States Economic Development Administration. Our CMSC team including Hadi Bozorgmanesh, Michael Accorsi, Jeongho Kim, Michael Gangi, Joseph Johanson and Joseph Luciani are excited about the recent partnership with several small and medium-sized companies in Connecticut. Those include Aero Gear Inc., Associated Spring (a business of Barnes Group Inc.), and Stanadyne LLC. By collaborating with an engineering team in each company, we envision to tackle real manufacturing industry problems and provide technical solutions, for example, to minimize residual stresses and distortion or to reduce out-of-specification geometry scrap rate or to optimize materials and design. Our modeling and simulation capability and service to Connecticut manufacturers will promote innovation and economic growth.

The program has already ordered twelve workstations for teaching and training purposes. A finite element course is being taught this semester by Dr. Michael Accorsi to Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and UConn SoE Senior Design students. The course is available to students who want to be trained in this capability. For more information, please contact Jeongho Kim at jeongho.kim@uconn.edu.

Deep Drawing Simulation using ANSYS


A Leap Toward Entrepreneurship

September 12, 2017

In August, ten aspiring UConn entrepreneurs delivered final business model presentations, marking their completion of the 2017 Summer Fellowship program, sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI), The program is designed to help students and faculty develop the skills that they need to bring new products and technologies to market, and provide them with networking, professional services, and dedicated mentorship in order to maximize their odds of success.

Based on their presentations, and the progress that teams made over the course of the Summer Fellowship program, five of the ventures were selected to compete in the Wolff New Venture Competition, being held on Sept. 26, on campus.  The winner of that event will receive $15,000 to support the development of their venture.  Wolff Finalists include Eir Medical Devices, Hans Health, NataSure, Potentiometric Probes and Quantum Purification.

“Over the course of eight weeks, participants have an opportunity to practice core business concepts and skills, meet one on one with experienced entrepreneurs, and get introduced to leaders of professional firms that can offer them pro-bono assistance during the startup and the critical first year of their businesses.”, says CCEI’s managing director, Michelle Cote.  “Many of our mentors and program partners are UConn alumni. They tell us that they get as much value out of the program as the aspiring entrepreneurs do.”

The Wolff Prize is endowed through the Thomas John and Bette Wolff Family Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, established to provide leadership for teaching and research in the field of strategic entrepreneurship. The Wolff family has a long tradition of business success, personal philanthropy, commitment to the University of Connecticut. For more information about the Summer Fellowship Program and the Wolff New Venture Competition please visit ccei.uconn.edu

CTSBDC Advisor Receives “State Star” Award, Recognized Nationally

Matt Nemeth is Connecticut’s 2017 America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) State Star recipient. The award is given annually to an outstanding SBDC advisor from each state.  Criteria include showing a strong commitment to small business success; making significant contributions to the state SBDC program; and being an exemplary performer.

“As a millennial and a bilingual speaker with restaurant and music experience, Matt adds diversity and strength to our team. It is my pleasure to honor his contributions to the CTSBDC and Connecticut’s business community with the State Star award,” says Emily Carter, State Director of the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC).

Matt and the other State Star recipients from around the country were recognized at the ASBDC annual conference in Nashville on September 5th, which included a show and reception at the Grand Ole Opry.

Matt credits the collaborative team of advisors at CTSBDC for the success he’s had working with his clients – “Being recognized as the 2017 CTSBDC State Star has been a great achievement that has to be credited to my amazing team.  I feel that without the support of such a knowledgeable, kind, and hardworking team I would not have the successes within my own client portfolio.”

Matt is a business advisor serving businesses throughout the Greater New London County. He has helped over 100 businesses start, secure financing, or strengthen their business since 2013.

Matt came to the CTSBDC with a lengthy professional background in the music industry as a musician and business owner.

Photo credit: American’s Small Business Development Center

Photo caption: Emily Carter, CTSBDC State Director (left) and Matt Nemeth, CTSBDC State Star (right)