This piece by News Editor Gregory Seay originally appeared in Hartford Business.com January 30, 2017.
The presidents of Hartford’s Trinity College and the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system are co-chairs for a working group of private and public colleges devising a plan by May 1 to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Connecticut, officials say.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney, a neuroscience professor and Trinity’s president and, and CSCU President Mark E. Ojakian co-chair the working group of more than 30 presidents of public and independent institutions of higher education. The group’s first meeting was last December 14 in New Haven.
The working group was convened in response to state statute and is charged with producing a master plan to foster opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship at institutions of higher education statewide, officials said.
The master plan is due by May 1, to the board of directors of CTNext, a statewide organization that works to support entrepreneurship.
CTNext will support the working group throughout the process and will, ultimately, review and submit an approved master plan to the Higher Education Entrepreneurship Advisory Committee. Once approved, grants-in-aid totaling $10 million over five years have been earmarked to support initiatives consistent with the master plan.