Independent Innovators

Yale Ventures: New initiative will promote innovation and entrepreneurship

Yale University  |  April 2022


Yale Ventures will support the translation of university research into impactful products, services, and social ventures and accelerate the expansion of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Josh Geballe, who was recently named senior associate provost for entrepreneurship & innovation at Yale, will be managing director of the new organization. Read more here.


New Innovation Space for Biomedical Engineering

Fairfield University  |  January 2022


Opening in spring 2022, a new state-of-the-art innovation space for biomedical engineering students will feature a creative studio, a maker space, and research labs where faculty and students will perform research and pursue innovations together. Read more here.

CT Next Grant Jump Starts UB Faculty and Students

University of Bridgeport  |  January 2021


UB has been awarded a $120,000 CT Next Grant to help UB faculty and students and their partner institutions accelerate the growth of new business and technical ventures in Connecticut. Read more here.


Connecticut Institute of Technology Launches

University of New Haven  |  June 2020


The institute, which will be part of the Tagliatela College of Engineering, will foster collaboration and interdisciplinary research across the University, effectively incorporating critical knowledge in cybersecurity, computing, data science, and AI across all programs. Read more here.


IDEAS Lab create, donate face shield to Middlesex Hospital

Wesleyan University  |  April 2020


To help medical personnel safeguard themselves during the coronavirus outbreak, two Wesleyan University makerspace labs on campus are manufacturing much-needed protective masks using 3D printers. Read the whole story here.


CTNext provides $200k seed grant

Sacred Heart University  |  February 2020


Sacred Heart University is ramping up a new entrepreneurship ecosystem centered at the University’s West Campus, home of SHU’s Jack Welch College of Business & Technology (WCBT). Using a $200,000 seed grant provided by CTNext and matched by University funds, SHU/WCBT will work with Techstars, a private-sector partner, in the development and execution of programs, outreach and growth. 

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$28,500 Awarded to Student Entrepreneurs at 9th Annual Fairfield StartUp Showcase

Fairfield University  |  May 2020


On April 29, 2020, Fairfield University released a new, seven-part video series: the online format of the ninth annual StartUp Showcase. The public was asked to watch the videos — documenting each team’s journey, pitch to investors, and investor feedback — and vote for the CTNext/CI Audience Favorite. This year’s new virtual format was received with tremendous excitement from the University community, garnering upwards of 2,600 views and reaching more than 50,000 people through social media channels. Read more here.


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