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 with Resources for links to tools and information for Hartford-area startups and entrepreneurs including accounting, legal, and marketing advice.
We also encourage you to attend local networking events to meet with mentors, check out startups and Incubators and Accelerators, and connect with new and seasoned entrepreneurs. We do our best to list upcoming Events. Hosting an event? Contact us so we can share it!
For additional resources, check out our Recommended Reading list—and feel free to let us know what’s on your bookshelf.
Q: What types of stories are featured on Innovation Destination Hartford?
A: You will discover stories about all kinds of entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, small business owners, family-owned businesses, startups, mentors, and advisors on Innovation Destination Hartford from industries including:
B2B | biotech | clothing designers | digital health | fitness and wellness providers | Industry 4.0 | InsurTech | leadership and coaching | manufacturing | marketing | medical device | small business services | software solutions | sustainability and social enterprise | technology
Visit Community to browse by topic. Here you’ll also find shout outs to local award recipients and change-makers; interviews with startup cafes, bakeries, and breweries throughout Connecticut; legends of entrepreneurship and innovation in Connecticut; insights from local entrepreneurs; entrepreneurship and innovative initiatives throughout Connecticut and our higher education institutions; and highlights about women in business throughout the Hartford Region.
Q: How do I connect with Innovation Destination Hartford to feature my startup or entrepreneur story?
A: Use our Contact page to get in touch with us or email Website Curator Nan Price at firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss how to have your business featured.
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.
In addition, we encourage you to sign up for our weekly newletter and follow and connect with IDH on social media:
Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter
If you’re interested in blogging for IDH, please read our blog guidelines.
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 Recommended Reading. We’d love your recommendations, too.
Q: How can I find out about entrepreneurial and startup events in the Hartford area?
A: We do our best to connect the IDH community to local upcoming Events. If you’re hosting an upcoming event, we encourage you to contact us so we can share it with our audience.
Q: Where can I find co-working or startup office space in the Hartford Region?
A: There are plenty of supportive co-working and startup office spaces. Check out:
Middlesex Chamber of Commerce
393 Main Street 2nd Floor, Middletown
8 locations throughout Connecticut
1429 Park Street, Hartford
71 Raymond Road, West 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 provide tips about budgeting, bookkeeping, accounting, and tech expertise. For more help, we highly recommend you connect with:
- Connecticut Innovations
- Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC)
- University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center & Women’s Business Center (EC-WBC)
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