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UConn innovators have developed technologies that are at the heart of vibrant, growing startups. Technology Commercialization Services can help faculty, students, and staff launch and grow businesses based on their discoveries or innovative ideas.

Idea + Team + Support = Startup Success


Before TCS can begin to help you take your discovery from lab to market, you’ll need to disclose your invention. We recommend you do this as soon as possible so the TCS can begin to evaluate and protect your innovation through the patenting process. TCS encourages all having the conversation as early as possible.

From plant cultivars to healthcare apps and everything in between – TCS’ team of licensing experts have experience in protecting technologies in a variety of sectors and industries. Once you have disclosed your discovery, a member of the TCS team will reach out to learn more, discuss public disclosure, potential conflicts of interest, potential startup options, and start to prepare the best plan to commercialize your invention.

TCS is responsible for protecting UConn technology that has commercialization potential, which includes all aspects of intellectual property protection. TCS will walk you through the patenting process and discuss the best options for your specific invention.

If you and the TCS team decide a startup is the best path towards commercialization, we’ll work together to launch your venture and complete an agreement for your new startup to exclusively license your technology. This partnership will continue throughout your startup journey. We’ll help you understand the ingredients for success and connect you to resources that help you achieve your startup goals.

Our Startups

Legacy of Innovation

UConn researchers are responsible for a huge variety of inventions that touch all corners of life. Many of our faculty and students entrepreneurs commercialize their research to meet societal needs and support the economic growth of our state.

Startup Support

TCS’ team of licensing, venture development, and marketing experts coupled with our Entrepreneurs In Residence provides faculty with critical mentoring, networking, and funding connections to help faculty and students succeed. In partnership with other UConn units and external stakeholders, UConn also offers a variety of innovation and entrepreneurship programing to help aspiring entrepreneurs at UConn and beyond.

As a driver for economic development in the state, UConn’s TCS team is also connected to external partners around Connecticut and the region. We work closely with industry, state agencies, and other organizations to support the state’s economic ecosystem and can connect you the resources and mentors that can help your startup grow.

Funding Your Future

Finding the right type of funding to move your idea forward can be challenging. TCS staff are here to help UConn faculty, staff, and students navigate their options and connect them with resources that can support their success.

Thinking about investing in a promising university technology? TCS connects entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry, and angel investors with high potential university startups for potential investments.

Contact a TCS team member today to learn more about your startup funding options and how to invest in UConn startups.

Entrepreneurs in Residence

Connecticut and the New England region are home to some of the nation's most innovative entrepreneurs.

Technology Commercialization Services works with these serial entrepreneurs and business exectuives all the time. UConn faculty and students can connect with experienced Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) with expertise in various sectors to help UConn innovations move forward.