Innovation Destination Hartford

Innovation Destination Hartford is an information hub for Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and professionals. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating connections within our entrepreneurial community and supporting startups and second-stage companies throughout the Hartford Region.

Innovation Destination Hartford

Innovation Destination Hartford is an information hub for Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and professionals. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating connections within our entrepreneurial community and supporting startups and second-stage companies throughout the Hartford Region.

Innovation Destination Hartford

Innovation Destination Hartford is an information hub for Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and professionals. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating connections within our entrepreneurial community and supporting startups and second-stage companies throughout the Hartford Region.

Innovation Destination Hartford

Innovation Destination Hartford is an information hub for Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and professionals. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating connections within our entrepreneurial community and supporting startups and second-stage companies throughout the Hartford Region.

Innovation Destination Hartford

Innovation Destination Hartford is an information hub for Connecticut-based entrepreneurs, startups, small business owners, and professionals. The initiative is dedicated to facilitating connections within our entrepreneurial community and supporting startups and second-stage companies throughout the Hartford Region.

Entrepreneur Insights

Connecticut entrepreneurs share wisdom and advice about their entrepreneurial experiences.

Startups

Read success stories and lessons learned from dozens of startups in every stage from many different industries.

Innovation

Innovative activity throughout the Hartford region is putting Connecticut on the map as a top-ranking innovation hub.

CT Lifestyle

Food and drink entrepreneurs and arts and culture organizations are key players in Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Women in Business

IDH spotlights Hartford-area women-owned businesses, startups, and leaders.

UpBeats

In our challenging social and economic environment, we’re highlighting stories about the dedication and resilience of the people and businesses in our community.

Featured Stories

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February 19, 2021

CT Entrepreneur Brings Cajun Restaurant to Greater Hartford

Stephanie Civitillo is on a mission to bring Louisiana food, music, and culture to New England. She’s opening Roux Cajun Eatery this spring. MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price spoke with Stephanie to learn more about her startup experience and why she’s so passionate about…

February 16, 2021

West Hartford Coffee Entrepreneur Makes an Impact

J.René Coffee Roasters and Victus Coffee Principal Owner José René Martínez (pictured in the Limu region of Ethiopia) discussed his entrepreneurial experience with MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price and shared about the ways his two businesses make an impact both locally and internationally. NAN…

February 4, 2021

Goodwin’s ENet Program Helps Launch Successful Barbershop

Ob Lugo (a.k.a. OB the Barber) comes from a family of business owners. Ob recalls subconsciously thinking it would be the norm for him to do the same. “It wasn’t something that was unreachable,” he says. Ob has been cutting hair since 1998, beginning with…

January 27, 2021

ShopBlackCT.com Creates Visibility and Provides Support for Black-Owned Businesses

The concept for ShopBlackCT.com came from Founder and Co-Contributor Sarah Thompson, who wanted to do something proactive in response to the racial injustice amplifying in 2020. MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price spoke with Sarah, who is also Senior Director for Marketing Communications at The Village…

January 19, 2021

El Pollo Guapo Grows Business with Three Locations in the Hartford Region

El Pollo Guapo Co-Owners Heather and Roy Riedl spoke with MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price about their business growth and plans to continue takeout to keep the community well fed. NAN PRICE: We met back in 2016, when I first tasted your food and…

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