Startup Phase

Program Funding Potential Undergraduate Students Graduate Students Faculty & Postdocs Eligibility Prerequisites Timeline Sponsor or Administrator
Third Bridge Grant
$10-75K per student startup N Y Postdocs Current and former ENGR-5300 students Prerequisites tbd for 2017 UConn School of Engineering
Bioscience Pipeline
Up to $30K Y Y Y CT-based bioscience company striving to qualify for $500K CT Bioscience Innovation Fund (CBIF) Company with 10 or less employees or $100K in funding. May apply for $500k CBIF in parallel but can only accept one. Applications due October/April UConn
SPARK
Up to $50K Only if associated with faculty proposal Only if associated with faculty proposal Y Any UConn or UCHC investigator with technology that has realistic commercial potential. Asic research projects aren’t eligible. None; Existing intellectual property a plus. Letter of Intent due ~9/1, full proposals by invitation due ~10/15, presentations to selection committee ~11/1. Awards are announced mid-November. UConn Technology Commercialization Services
UConn Innovation Fund Investment
Up to $100K Y Y Y Startups must have an affiliation with UConn including students, faculty, alumni, or participation in TIP. They also must have a presence in CT. Early stage growth companies on the path to commercialization and moving toward SBIR/STTR or angel funding. Three times per year.
See current schedule.
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Connecticut Bioscience Innovation Fund (CBIF) Investment
Up to $500K stand-alone investment and up to $2M with co-investment Y Y  Y CT-based bioscience companies with majority of employees in CT or academic technology close to commercialization with a spinout into a company or license. 1) Not yet available for commercial release or (2) commercially available in a limited manner, including market testing of prototypes and certain clinical trials. Company business plans/investor decks accepted on a rolling basis; academic applications accepted by the end of each calendar quarter Connecticut Innovations
Connecticut Innovations Pre-Seed Fund Investment
Up to $150K 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 wont be used for their salaries Y Y Y Company in operation for fewer than seven years; developing a technology; nonrecurring revenue from non-grant sources of less than $2M; fewer than 25 employees with 75% or more who work in Connecticut. Prerequisites Rolling application process Connecticut Innovations
Program Funding Potential Undergraduate Students Graduate Students Faculty & Postdocs Eligibility Prerequisites Timeline Sponsor or Administrator

All funding is in the form of grants unless otherwise indicated in the Program description.