Upcoming Events

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

October 14 and 21: UConn Family Business Ownership and Leadership Transitions: Expert Advice and Strategies (A Virtual 2-Day Workshop)

October 18: Soft Land Partners Connecticut Meetup

October 18: UConn CCEI: 2021 xCITE: Women in Entrepreneurship Network Event

October 19: EC-WBC Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)

October 20: IDH UNWIND

October 20 (series runs Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. through November 10): reSET Measure What Matters

October 21: Hartford Chamber of Commerce Restaurant + Retail Open House

October 28: UConn School of Business Family Business Workshop – It’s All About the People – the 5 R’s

October 28: UConn TCS Tech Transfer Webinar Series: Industry Partnerships & Licensing

November 4: UConn TCS Wage and Hour Fundamentals – A Guide for Early Stage Companies

November 10: reSET Beyond Business as Usual: Regenerative Economy

November 16: Connecticut Innovations Overbooked: An Entrepreneur’s Book Club

December 3: Yale Lifesciences Pitchfest 2021


  • 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

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.