Connecticut Legends of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

From its roots in manufacturing and insurance to its innovative technology corridor, Connecticut is filled with stories about trailblazers.

November 24, 2020

CT Startup Creates Innovative Medical Device

“The biggest challenge in a startup is focus. It’s important to dedicate resources to very specific tasks and avoid trying to capture every opportunity available,” says Woven Orthopedic Technologies Co-Founder and President Brandon Bendes.

October 26, 2020

JAX Scientific Director Discusses Technology, Science, and Genomics

There’s an incredible level of collegiality here at JAX and throughout Connecticut, which is so conducive to quickly establishing new collaborations,” says Dr. Charles Lee, Scientific Director and Professor at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine.

October 13, 2020

Aquiline Drones Sees a Bright Future in Hartford

Aquiline Drones Founder and CEO Barry Alexander spoke to MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price about creating a drone company in a region well-known for aviation.

September 10, 2020

Meeting at the Crossroads of Innovation and Insurance

At the ITC + DIA World Tour stop in Hartford, Connecticut Insurance and Financial Services (CT IFS) Vice President and Executive Director Susan Winkler moderated a panel with community leaders, who discussed the importance of innovation and the insurance industry.

August 26, 2020

UConn Faculty Receive Federal Funding to Develop Self-Administered Microneedle COVID-19 Vaccine Technology 

University of Connecticut faculty recently partnered with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop a single-use, self-administered microneedle vaccine technology for infectious diseases such as COVID-19.

August 31, 2020

Connecticut Has Presence in National Inventors Hall of Fame, Including Some Less-Than-Household Names

Did you know that since 1973, 17 inventors with Connecticut connections have been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame?

June 4, 2020

MOVIA Robotics Provides Virtual Learning Assistance for Children with Special Needs

"We felt there was a real need to get the product into homes since these kids can’t go into schools to get their services or have people come to their homes," explains MOVIA President Timothy Gifford.

June 2, 2020

Connecticut Friends Collaborate with Hartford Hospital to Design and 3D Print Ventilator Parts

Adam Powojski and Jay Alessi, two friends who met at Pratt and Whitney, combined their design and 3D printing skills to offer their help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 6, 2020

Connecticut 3D Printing Company Collaborates to Create Life-Saving Ventilator Splitter

"The hope is that, somewhere, somehow, in some circumstances it’s going to help somebody," says InterPRO Additive Manufacturing Group CEO Kevin Dyer.

March 27, 2020

MakerspaceCT Provides Solutions to Meet Community Need for Personal Protective Equipment

“We have a community of makers working to source materials, design and improve prototypes, assemble products, and quickly get the products to the people who need it to support our communities. That’s what Makerspaces are here to do anyway—support our communities and support making,” says MakerspaceCT Founder Devra Sisitsky.

March 23, 2020

CT Cosmetics Owner Switches Operations to Hand Sanitizer to Help Combat Coronavirus

After investigating the possibilities, Mizzi Cosmetics Founder Brenda Mierzejewski introduced two new products to her line: Healthy Hands sanitizer and salve.

February 25, 2020

Oak Hill CEO Talks Healthcare Innovation and Economic Impact

Oak Hill President and CEO Barry Simon talks about healthcare innovation, how healthcare reform impacts Connecticut, and the important role of the Connecticut Health Council.

ISO 56000: Providing Standards for Innovation

“The relevance of ISO 56000 today is important because we’re going through the fourth industrial revolution. If we want to adopt it, we need to understand how things are happening,” says says Inspiring Next Founder Dr. Ripi Singh.

UConn Highlights Decades of Innovation

“UConn has a lot to celebrate when it comes to innovative faculty and students,” says Radenka Maric, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Techstars Fosters Startup Growth in Greater Hartford

“Startups coming from all over the world realize they have access to everything they need to run their businesses here in Hartford,” says Claudia Reuter, General Manager for Techstars Americas East.

CT Healthcare Services Company Provides Innovative Solutions

Connecticut healthcare services company Physicians Ancillary Systems was created based on a personal and market need.

Hartford InsurTech Hub Welcomes Top Startups for 2020

Hartford InsurTech Hub, powered by Startupbootcamp, announced its 2020 cohort of startups.

CT Robot Software Company Helps Children with Learning Disabilities

“It’s gratifying to receive positive responses from parents and the schools,” says Movia Robotics President and Chief Technology Officer Timothy Gifford. “It’s also great to get a positive response from the distributors who are helping us move our product. The only way we’re going to make an impact on kids with learning challenges is if we’re offering a successful product.”

STANLEY + Techstars 2019 Demo Day Showcases Innovative Startups

Hundreds of people from Hartford's innovation ecosystem attended the Stanley + Techstars Accelerator Demo Day to support innovation and entrepreneurial activity happening in our city.

Hartford InsurTech Hub Creates Economic Opportunities in Hartford

Hartford InsurTech Hub Managing Director Dawn LeBlanc spoke to MetroHartford Alliance Content Manger Nan Price about how the accelerator attracts innovative global InsurTech startups to The Insurance Capital of the World.

InnovateCT Promotes Innovation in CT Through Education

InnovateCT Founder Nick Wagner talks about the importance of Connecticut fostering innovation through education.

MakerspaceCT Makes an Impact in Hartford

MakerspaceCT Founder Devra Sisitsky is passionate about building and contributing to the growing innovation hub in Hartford.

Industry 4.0: We’ve Come a Long Way from Traditional Manufacturing

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about connectivity. New, advanced technologies are triggering massive changes and benefits in every aspect of the industry,” says SCADAfence Co-Founder & CEO Yoni Shohet.