Innovation Destination: Hartford is designed to showcase and serve the Greater Hartford region’s entrepreneurial community. Here you’ll be able to check out new Connecticut-area startups, entrepreneurs, events and the various players that make up our entrepreneurial community. You’ll find the resources you’ll need to start and grow your business and discover why the Hartford region is a great place to live, work and make an impact!
Brought to you by the MetroHartford Alliance, “Pulse of the Region” is a weekly radio show featuring dynamic conversations about technology, innovation, healthcare, economic development, housing, public safety, and entrepreneurship, throughout the Hartford region. The latest Pulse of the Region radio show features Kevin Bouley, President of Nerac; Rajiv Pande, President and CEO of Smpl Bio; and Michael Cocuzza, CEO of Enviro Power, who discuss their views of innovation and startups in the Hartford region and their challenges and success as entrepreneurs.
Virginia P'an, Chief Executive Officer, Yumi EcoSolutions, Inc.
"There are a lot of challenges to launching a startup. One is funding. Another is finding the right distribution channels to get your products to the market and finding the right people—that’s all based on relationships. You’ve got to find the right people."
Robert Kwasnicki, Founder, Digital Marketing Partner
“There are incredible people working very hard to move things forward and I see a really great future for businesses and families in Connecticut.”
Dale Jasinski, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy, Quinnipiac University
“Here in Connecticut, the startup community is so thriving, there are a lot of jobs entrepreneurship majors can get helping in the startup world. There are a lot of jobs in the corporate world that are also looking for entrepreneurial-minded people.”
Kevin Wirtes, Co-Owner, Krust Pizza Bar
“Connecticut is evolving and changing. I think it’s pretty awesome. I really feel like there’s a heartbeat going on in Connecticut.”
David Benoit, Co-Founder, Wearsafe Labs Inc.
“Be prepared to work hard. Each day you tackle some new challenge. When you get to work on something you love, the rewards come in small and large doses, in all different ways. And if your passion also helps other people live safer lives, well, then you’ve hit the jackpot.”
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Do you have a Hartford success story? Are you a budding startup or a successful entrepreneur eager to share your experiences? Contact us today and tell your story!