Upcoming Events

June 28: SCORE Financing Options For Small Business

June 29: SCORE Let Us Show You the Money – Matching Your Funding Needs

June 29: Untapped Potential Tech 101 “How The Office Has Changed”

July 12: EC-WBC Create a Budget & Grow Your Small Business

July 12: EC-WBC How to Start Your Own Small Business

July 12: UConn TCS Technology, Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation

July 13: EC-WBC How to Start Your Own Small Business

July 14: EC-WBC Digital Marketing 101: Insights into What Small Businesses Need to Know

IDH UNWIND series: July 20, August 17, September 21

July 19: EC-WBC Financing Basics for Your Small Business

  • CTC – Connecticut Technology Council
  • CT IFS = Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services
  • CTSBDC = Connecticut Small Business Development Center
  • EC-WBC = University of Hartford Barney School of Business Entrepreneurial Center and Women’s Business Center
  • SBA = U.S. Small Business Administration
  • SBIR = Small Business Innovation Research
  • STTR = Small Business Technology Transfer
  • UConn CCEI = University of Connecticut – Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • UConn TCS = University of Connecticut Technology Commercialization Services
  • VBOC = U.S. Small Business Administration Veterans Business Outreach Centers
  • YSIF = Yale Startups in Formation

Event Highlights & Recaps

May - September


The IDH UNWIND series continues! Our informal, agenda-free networking event will take place the third Wednesday of the month, May through September at GastroPark, West Hartford. Make new connections and reconnect with entrepreneurs in the IDH community.

March 24, 2022

Defining Innovation

Join IDH for an engaging panel discussion and learn new perspectives from local innovators and entrepreneurs creating and implementing all kinds of cutting-edge concepts.

December 14, 2021

Recap: Shining Brighter: Innovating, Expanding, Growing

Thank you to panelists Meredith Messenger, Founder and CEO of InsureGood and Annisa Teich, Founder and Principal of The Small Business Collective and Managing Director of West Hartford Coworking for sharing your experiences and insights.


National Grant Foundation Classes

Check out the variety of classes and resources offered by the National Grant Foundation.

November 26 - January 1

Bundle Up for a Season of Winter Fun in Hartford

There’s plenty to do in Hartford this holiday season. This year, in addition to Hartford’s annual Winterfest, the city is introducing Winterfair.

November 18 and 19, 2021

2021 InsureGood Women with Impact Virtual Summit

“This summit is an opportunity to step away from your business to help you work on it rather than in it,” explains InsureGood Founder and CEO Meredith Messenger.

November 11, 2021

Girls For Technology – Building For Equity Pitch Accelerator

Girls For Technology is hosting a pitch competition for Connecticut women of color entrepreneurs.

November 12, 2021

New England Maker Summit: Industry 4.0 And The Next Generation Of Our Workforce

MakerspaceCT will host the 2021 New England Maker Summit Friday, November 12. Learn more and register to attend.

October 20, 2021

Introducing IDH UNWIND

IDH UNWIND an informal, agenda-free way to relax and connect with entrepreneurs in the IDH community.

August 18, 2021

Illuminating: Thriving Through Uncertainty

Thank you to panelists Brenda Mierzejewski, CEO of Mizzi Cosmetics and Shaun Chambers, CEO and Founder of BODYROC Fit Lab and Founder of Smash Avenue for sharing their experiences and insights as business owners thriving through the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 18, 2021

Surviving: Keeping the Lights On

Thank you to our panelists Leslie M. Gomez of LMG Photography and Jane Krantz of Afterglow Studio for sharing their experiences and insights as business owners surviving through the COVID-19 pandemic.

October 7–9

Make48 Comes to Hartford

“We’re thrilled to continue our tradition of inventive making and provide our facility to these creative teams for this competition,” says MakerspaceCT Executive Director Devra Sisitsky.

March 1, 2021

Celebrating and Supporting Women in the Hartford Region

Several organizations are hosting events for all types of women in all types of industries in the upcoming weeks.

August 18, 2020

Goodwin University ENet Entrepreneurs Pitch at “Live” Event

The ENet incubator program at Goodwin University culminated with a live pitch event on Tuesday, August 18.

June 19, 2020

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture Hosts Virtual Juneteenth Gala

"It’s always been our mission to celebrate and elevate black culture," says Kimberly Kersey, Executive Director at The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

Digital Health CT Celebrates Inaugural Accelerator Program

“Demo Day was an inspiring day for Hartford and our digital health team,” said Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney.

Recap: Elevate Hartford Panelists Discuss What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur

The UConn Foundation Office of Alumni Relations hosted Elevate: Hartford – The Grit & Grind of Starting a Business on Thursday, February 6 at Stanley + Techstars Accelerator Manufactory 4.0.

Recap: Small Business Week 2019 Impacts Greater Hartford Community

Small Business Week 2019 takes place May 5 through 11. The annual event recognizes the important contributions of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and small business advocates throughout the country.

Recap: Hartford InsurTech Hub Completes Second Accelerator Program

Hartford InsurTech Hub hosted its second Demo Day at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford, CT on Friday, April 26. This year’s theme “AMPLIFY” drew more than 500 attendees and 600+ viewers on the livestream.