Frequently asked questions about Innovation Destination Hartford, launching a startup, the Greater Hartford entrepreneurial ecosystem, and how to start and grow your business in Connecticut
Q: How can Innovation Destination Hartford help me launch a startup a business in the Hartford region?
A: Start on the Innovation Destination Hartford homepage. Click on the blue Find Resources box to the right of the carousel at the top left of the homepage. There you will find more than 500 resources for Hartford-area startup entrepreneurs including accounting, legal, marketing, and technical assistance.
You can click the green Browse Startups box to view a list of Hartford-area startups and add your startup to our growing list. Creating a startup account on Innovation Destination Hartford helps you seek individuals who may be willing to assist you with your startup.
You can also make an appointment to discuss your startup with an expert mentor. It’s free! Click on the yellow Book a Mentor box to find a mentor in your area.
In addition, we encourage you to attend local networking events to meet with mentors, check out startups and accelerators, and connect with new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Click the pink View Events box to find out what’s happening in the region.
Q: What types of startups are featured on Innovation Destination Hartford?
A: You will discover all kinds of startups on Innovation Destination Hartford including science, technology and software solutions; sustainability and social enterprise startups; innovative clothing designers, B2B and small business services, marketing agencies, fitness and wellness providers, medical device developers, leadership and coaching consultants, and science and biotechnology innovators.
Visit CT Lifestyle to read interviews with startup cafes, bakeries and breweries throughout Connecticut.
Q: How do I connect with Innovation Destination Hartford to feature my startup or entrepreneur story?
You can also look for us at startup and entrepreneurial networking events throughout Greater Hartford. We always enjoy meeting new people involved in Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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Q: How can I learn more about the startups in the Greater Hartford area?
Q: How do I add my startup to the Innovation Destination Harford website?
Q: How do I connect with startups, peers, and other entrepreneurs and get involved in the Connecticut entrepreneurial ecosystem?
A: Start by attending a networking event or a join the CT Entrepreneurs Meetup.
A great way to connect with peers and fellow entrepreneurs is by participating in any of the many startup events happening around Connecticut.
For a list of Hartford-area events for entrepreneurs and startups, one of the best resources is the Launch EZ statewide event calendar.
Q: How do I know if my startup idea is viable?
A: Start on the Innovation Destination Hartford homepage. Click on the yellow Book a Mentor box to view a list of local mentors and Entrepreneurs in Residence. Make an appointment to get unbiased feedback, guidance, and insights.
Also, check out the University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center, which provides free and low-cost services, including small business advising, to support Connecticut small businesses.
Q: How do I find a mentor to help with my business?
Q: What type of support is available for startups and growing businesses in the Harford area?
A: Many resources are available to support your startup. Click on the blue Find Resources box on the Innovation Destination Hartford homepage. From there, you can use the Resource Wizard, which provides a 4-step questionnaire to help you locate specific resources; browse or search resources by name, location, or keyword; or view a list of Hartford-area mentors.
Q: How do you know when you’re ready to go full-time with your venture?
A: One of the best ways to learn about opportunities with your venture is meet with one of the Hartford region’s mentors. There are no costs for meetings, and you gain a wealth of knowledge based on many years of real-world experience. View our mentor list for a statewide listing of top-tier mentors.
Q: How do I protect my idea?
A: The first step is to meet with a mentor to provide some general guidance. After that, contact any of the many exceptional intellectual-property “IP” resources around Connecticut. Use the Resource Wizard to help you find a resource in your area.
Q: Can you recommend an incubator in Connecticut?
A: The Connecticut Business Incubator Network provides a comprehensive list of participating incubator programs operating 10 facilities that are strategically located throughout Connecticut. The facilities provide a home to more than 64 startup businesses.
Q: Can you recommend any good books about startups and entrepreneurship?
A: There are plenty! Innovation Destination Hartford has a whole list of Good Reads.
Q: How can I find out about entrepreneurial and startup events in the Hartford area?
A: Our Event Calendar lists the latest business events throughout Connecticut.
Q: Where can I find co-working or startup office space in the Greater Hartford area?
A: Greater Hartford has plenty of supportive co-working and startup office space. Check out:
6 Central Row, Hartford
Cowork New Britain
117 West Main Street, New Britain
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce
393 Main Street 2nd Floor, Middletown
1429 Park Street, Hartford
241 Asylum Street, Hartford
20 Church Street, Hartford
West Hartford Co-Working
967 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford
901 Main Street, Manchester
Q: Where can I find funding / accounting / marketing / technology / legal advice help for my startup?
A: Innovation Destination Hartford can connect you with resources to help with budgeting, bookkeeping, accounting and tech expertise. From our Resources page, you can also connect with legal advisors and marketing resources to help you develop and execute a marketing strategy. From the Resources page, click the green Start Searching button under Browse/Search.
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