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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!
João Pedro Ribeiro
“For a company that develops medical devices and needs to be constantly innovating, Connecticut is a perfect fit.”
“It’s better to be a small fish in a big pond and then expand to a bigger pond. Start small, make sure it works and make sure it’s something you can do and then commit to a bigger thing.”
Holly WheelerHolly Wheeler, Co-Founder Vasu Tribe
"Parkville is a great community of 'creative entrepreneurship'–entrepreneurs whose business is an extension of their art."
“It’s amazing to see how many entrepreneurs there are in the Greater Hartford area. It’s a matter of finding out where they are. Once they get here, they realize others are doing something similar.”
“It is really scary to be an entrepreneur. You need to be one of those people who can embrace the rebellious spirit that everyone has. You need to be the kind of person who can trust your gut. If you really know yourself and you really think you can do it, you can probably do it.”
“We’re constantly impressed by the depth of entrepreneurial talent, inspiration and excitement in Hartford.”
“I see the reSET Accelerator program as an amazing opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and to connect with the multitude of mentors and resources within the Hartford area.”
“The two big pieces the company needed from the beginning were advice and money. Connecticut has been an excellent place to do business for both of those things.”
Dr. Ripi Singh
“I help other startups with my tools and methods and the ecosystem helps me with networking, education, and mentoring. I am a SCORE client as well as a SCORE mentor. I support CTNext as a judge for their Entrepreneur Innovation Awards events, regularly participate in the XcellR8 platform at Nerac, and engage with reSET through mentoring and networking.”
“Ambiguity is the hallmark of the startup experience—nothing is clear except the need to push forward.”
“I often explain entrepreneurship to my friends who aren’t entrepreneurs or don’t own their own businesses. It’s a roller coaster with really high highs and really low lows. It’s thrilling when you have those great opportunities to work with big companies or to get big sales or to have your business propelled. I get really excited about the potential and the opportunity.”
“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.”
“Aspiring entrepreneurs also can’t be afraid to fail. Failing along the way is part of the process, but learning from those failures is one of the best ways to develop your startup.”
“Hartford has it. Hartford definitely has it. There’s gold in Hartford. Just come and dig it out.”
“I’ve benefited greatly from working with the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), which helps you find resources, and reSET, which has a mentor program that includes successful inventors.”
"The entrepreneurial ecosystem is alive and well in Connecticut and I’ve built a new network of people and team that will support the venture and make my startup successful."
"Life requires that you’re nimble in order to succeed. It’s not necessarily about pivoting; it’s about adapting to change."
"To be an entrepreneur, the easiest way to start is by starting. Then persevere. You’ve got to ride the waves and continue to move forward."
“A true entrepreneur really looks at things with a different lens. When other people are enjoying an experience, you’re always seeing opportunities."
"We believe there is tremendous opportunity for economic growth in cities and towns across the state, including Hartford."
"It doesn’t get much better than Connecticut. The startup scene is really big here. I’m just beginning to get involved. And in Connecticut, it can be both a place where ideas are growing and I’m growing. That seems like a cool marriage, right?"
Kristine Schlichting, Ph.D.
"reSET has not only provided me a model to grow my business, but most importantly, it has provided the mentoring and networks I really need."
"The mentors who have contributed to my efforts in launching Untapped Potential have been terrific. Resources from reSET and the Women’s Business Center as well as other industry leaders have stepped up to support our incubating endeavor."
"Connecticut is filled with talent, innovation, and resources. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be informed about the reSET accelerator."
"There are so many good, innovative things happening here in Connecticut and we have great resources too—people, education, and financing."
"I’m working with truly remarkable companies and discovering so many amazing things about the Greater Hartford region—Connecticut really is a great place to start and grow a business."
"Connecticut has a very educated and socially conscious population. The quality of life is high and resources are plentiful. This is a great place to do business."
"The culture and sense of community among startups is just so contagious and inspiring. The more we work with others, the more motivated we are to succeed."
"Having a community of other business owners to lean on is key because no one can support an entrepreneur like other entrepreneurs who have been through the highs and lows."
"I believe it is important to be active in your startup community. We have the ability to create and sustain new markets if we demonstrate a willingness to stick together and prioritize homegrown products and services."
"The Small Business Incubator Grant Program—a program provided by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology—and Department of Economic and Community Development Small Business Express Program programs have enabled RecDesk to grow and hire faster than would have been possible without them."
"We started becoming involved with the entrepreneurial ecosystem before we even put together our idea to get it patented."
"We see ourselves as part of an emerging entrepreneur community in Hartford that is working really hard toward an economic renaissance in the city."
"Having a renaissance in Hartford means industry, it means manufacturing. We carefully chose Hartford as part of our name. We wanted to contribute something to Hartford. It means a lot to us to be a part of the fabric that Hartford is."
"Entrepreneurs are better and stronger if they have the tools to do it themselves. CTNext helps guide them to the tools they need to become independent and self-sufficient. A startup company’s success is the success of our program."
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