Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. CCEI inspires a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation across all academic disciplines throughout UConn by offering programs that support new venture development, teaching courses that engage students in innovation and new technologies, and connecting the University with the greater entrepreneurial ecosystem within Connecticut. Learn More
Accelerate UConn is UConn’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Site. Its mission is to catalyze entrepreneurial teams whose technology concepts are likely candidates for commercialization. Educational programs share the principles of the I-Corps Curriculum on Lean Launchpad methodology. With the support of Accelerate UConn, teams will learn first-hand about entrepreneurship and explore the transition of their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. Learn more
School of Engineering Senior Design Program. Every Senior Design Project is a two-semester course required for all School of Engineering seniors to graduate. Each team of 3-5 seniors is mentored by Engineering faculty collaborating with the sponsor. Sponsors gain first-hand experience of teaming up with potential future employees to help the project succeed. Our students learn how to work collaboratively in a real-world setting, while producing periodic reports on their ideas, strategy, techniques and progress. Learn more
Peter J. Werth Institue for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. The Werth Institute will serve the University of Connecticut through an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship and innovation that is inclusive of existing and new programs. We will facilitate opportunities for all students, while continually driving to promote the University’s academic, co-curricular, and extracurricular programs. By facilitating partnerships and building relationships spanning schools, industries, and traditional fields of study, the Werth Institute will provide exceptional opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni. Learn more
BioCT. Dedicated to the growth of a vibrant bioscience ecosystem, BioCT connects companies, institutions, entrepreneurs, investors, government, service providers, and other passionate, dedicated people to improve patients’ lives and public health. BioCT is the state affiliate to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), providing Connecticut with industry recognition at the national level as well as member-only, proprietary access to a variety of exclusive lab and office discount programs via the BIO Business Solutions. Learn More
TCS’s EIRs are committed to providing mentorship to not only faculty researchers but student research and the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Our EIRs have expertise in a variety of areas from Business and Strategic Planning to Venture Capital, Design Thinking and Fund Planning.
UConn’s Technology Incubation Program (TIP) helps launch startups ready to transform their respective markets. Through three locations in Storrs, Farmington, and Stamford, TIP offer’s startups mentorship, lab and office space, networking events, and a variety of other programming.
With a far reaching network throughout New England, TIP offers companies resources for pitch development, funding seminars, angel investor forums, and guidance from our entrepreneurs in residence.
TIP companies vary from biotech and software companies to medical devices and engineering. The TIP team is always looking for student startup companies to bring into the program and support.
UCONN POLICY: Student Intellectual Property and Commercialization
Under Connecticut state law, the University owns all inventions created by employees in the performance of employment with the University or created with University resources or funds administered by the University.
Students will own the intellectual property that they invent, create and develop, including work created for a class, unless the student is:
(1) working on a University research grant or other sponsored research;
(2) working for the University as an employee; or
(3) working under a contract that stipulates otherwise. In these cases, the University will own the intellectual property.