Read success stories and lessons learned from dozens of startups in every stage from many different industries.
Curated CT Supports Small Businesses and Showcases Local Artisans
"The more people I meet—whether through networking or mutual friends—the more I see the Curated CT concept being embraced, which is very validating," says Founder and Owner Donald Pendagast.
CT Entrepreneur Still ROCing—and Now Smashing
“Every business I open has got to be innovative and it’s got to affect positive change in people,” says, BODYROC Fit Lab CEO and Founder Shaun Chambers, who recently co-founded Smash Avenue.
Hartford InsurTech Startup Finds Value in Community
Combined Ratio Solutions Co-Founders Michael Jones, Chief Executive Officer and Luke Magnan, Chief Operating Officer share about their experience launching an InsurTech startup and the importance of locating their business in Hartford.
CT Customer Clothier and Innovative Entrepreneur
“One thing that was really important for me before pulling the trigger and leaving my good job was the ability to look forward. I could see opportunities coming,” says Bards Clothing Founder Matthew Banever.
Hartford-Based Digital Health Startup Silver Fern Healthcare
“One of the things we love about Hartford is that it’s a very manageable city in terms of size and we’ve made some great contacts between all of our networks,” says Silver Fern Healthcare Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Colleen McGuire.
West Hartford Entrepreneur Provides Inclusive Cheerleading Opportunities
West Hartford-based CT Hart Cheer provides instructional cheerleading classes, performance team opportunities, and camps and clinics for athletes of all ages, abilities, and levels.
Student Entrepreneur and Innovator Creates Autonomous Robot for the Agriculture Industry
“Team collaboration is really important for startups,” says Land Maverick LLC Founder and CEO Emily Yale.
CT Entrepreneur Launches Sports Performance Company
Green Light Sports Performance Founder Connor Green shares about his startup experience.
Coffee and Tea Startup INI Sips Gives Back to Community
INI Sips Co-Founder Davina Ismail shares about the business evolution.
CT Entrepreneur Provides Virtual Programming for Youth
"With the pandemic and schools closing, I had to think outside the box," says Creativista Charm Founder Tia Miller.
UConn Student Founds Innovative Social Enterprise Nonprofit
"We’re looking to create sustainable impact, which includes our dollars and how we’re investing in a community," says Levo International Founder Christian Heiden.
CareerPath Mobile Helps Engage Connecticut’s Workforce
"Programs like ours that can engage people remotely have become essential," explains CareerPath Mobile Founder/CEO Richard Portelance.
Global Digital Health Startup Creates a Presence in Hartford
“I’ve learned the CEO’s role is about not just leading the team, it’s about finding the right talent to create a team to make everything happen,” says ONESOFTDIGM CEO and Co-Founder Chang Hun (Douglass) Lee.
Startup Creates Employment Opportunities for Adults with Special Needs
Find out more about SockStarz, a social enterprise novelty sock business developed by Harc, Inc. to create employment opportunities for adults with special needs.
Hartford-Based Attorney with a Social Mission
“I want to be intentional about how I’m building my business. My client load needs to be big enough to make the business sustainable, but small enough that I can achieve my mission goals in terms of what I give—and what I receive from giving,” says Isis M. Irizarry, Founder of The Law Offices of Isis M. Irizarry.
KARO Swimwear Joins Think Pop-Up in Downtown Hartford
"With KARO Swimwear, my vision was always to create a unique product," emphasizes CEO Kasia Roginska.
CT Startup Digitally Connects Volunteers to Those Who Need Services
UR Community Cares, Inc. co-founders Michelle Puzzo and M.D. Birmingham have created a charity that digitally connects volunteers to elderly and physically disabled people who are homebound.
CT Startup Aims to Bring Mindfulness to Inner City Communities
The Wellness Initiative Inc. Founder Devin McCrorey shares about his startup experience and his passion for introducing mindfulness and meditation to communities he feels need it most.
Young Entrepreneur Encourages Healthy Lifestyle in Hartford
“When I first started, people told me: It’s the wrong time to do it. You can’t open a business in Hartford. I told them: This is Hartford. Hartford has a chance. You just have to believe in Hartford enough to make change,” says Breakthrough Nutrition Founder Emanuel Morales.
16 Impact Accelerator Startups Aim to Grow Their Businesses in Hartford in 2020
Learn about the 16 startups participating in the 2020 Impact Accelerator at reSET in this writeup from CT by the Numbers.
Female Entrepreneur Turns Love of Music into Full-Time DJ Business
Qiana Coachman-Strickland (a.k.a. DJ Q Boogie) shares about how her passion developed and when she knew it was time to take the leap to launch her start up.
CT Startup Helps Small Businesses Track the Ways They’re Doing Good
"We want to help small businesses recognize that the investment they make in the community can also help drive their businesses," explains seedership co-founder Jennifer Smithberger.
CT Trio Finds Success with a Four-Way Outdoor Gaming Net
Find out how Connecticut natives Greg Meade, MikeDelpapa, and Chris Meade created the idea for CROSSNET, a unique game that merges traditional volleyball with four square.
Ali Lazowski Builds a Business in Connecticut
Bare Life founder Ali Lazowski talks about launching a startup and becoming a part of the Hartford-area entrepreneurial ecosystem.
CT Entrepreneur Awards 2018 Winner Update: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center
The CT Entrepreneur Awards is following up with 2018 award winners, starting with Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Director Fran Curran, who won 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year: Social Good.
Where Are They Now? Follow Up with CareerPath Mobile
"Entrepreneurism will buoy the economy by providing new types of jobs and unique opportunities that attract young, eager minds," says CareerPath Mobile Founder/CEO Richard Portelance.
Meet Hartford Native and Entrepreneur Natasha Harris
Hartford native Natasha Harris is studying for her doctorate in business psychology, running her startup NaBii Organics, and in the process of becoming a business consultant.
Local Entrepreneur Launches Leadership Development Company
Chris Duffy, Principal Amplify Leadership Partners, speaks about his experience embracing entrepreneurship, engaging with the leadership community, and helping others channel their strengths.
CT Entrepreneur Helps Early-Stage Startups with Pitches
“I really want to bring more entrepreneurship to Hartford, and I’m hoping this role and my work with Vitches will help,” says Girls For Technology Program Manager Victoria Parisi who recently launched Vitches, a business aimed to help early-stage startups with their pitches.
CT Startup Offers Floatation Therapy, Gives Back to Local Veterans
Float Forty One co-founder Sarah LaTeano shared about her experience launching a startup in Greater Hartford and why she is passionate about providing float experiences to those who have served in the military.
UConn Alumni Create a Marketplace for Wheel Enthusiasts
“We hear the concept of failing fast and I really think it speaks to being resilient,” says WheelPrice co-founder Wally Namane.
CT Startup Creates Fundraising Events for Nonprofits
Mary O’Neill founded Get Your Bingo On! For the Cause in May 2019 to help local nonprofits raise funds in a new way.
Young Entrepreneur Launches Startup to Help Small Business Owners
Bridge Connection LLC Founder Patrick O’Connor offers advice for other younger entrepreneurs: If you have an idea, you think it’s sustainable, and you think there’s a way to monetize it, write a plan, stick to it, and be ready to change that plan in an instant.
CT Business Owners Launch Innovative, Healthy Lifestyle Business
“The only way for your business to work is to be passionate about what you do,” says Salon Medusa co-founder Steven Adelstein, who with his partner Sandro Vernali, recently launched Believe in the Magick.
The Coder School Opens Second Location in Glastonbury, CT
After opening in Farmington, we had interest from many people who lived east of the river,” says co-owner Vaishali Shah. "We thought: Why not just open another location in Glastonbury?”
Hartford Startup Aims to Help Retailers Grow Online
“Hartford is a great city to house an eCommerce consulting firm like Plura Interactive,” says Founder Timothy Paskowski.
West Hartford-Based Small Business Heir Cash Now
By networking and building relationships with people in different fields, it’s possible to exchange knowledge without spending a fortunethe importance of working with partners,” says Heir Cash Now, LLC Manager Matthew Lakenbach.
Startup Manufactures New Product in CT
“I decided to headquarter my business and manufacturer my product in Connecticut to support the local economy,” says Fingaz Bowl CEO Julien Debelle Duplan.