$5 Million in Awards for Promising Fintech and Digital Health Companies from Across the Globe

CTI_Headshot-circle-mask-mattMatthew McCooe
Chief Executive Officer

If you keep up with Connecticut business news, you may have heard that Connecticut Innovations, a leading provider of financing for early-stage companies, recently launched a $5 million global venture challenge. Pretty exciting stuff! But you may wonder why we created such an ambitious competition, and what we hope will come from our investment. Applications for VentureClash opened April 28 to early-stage fintech and digital health companies worldwide, so it’s a good time to share our vision, and the three tenets driving our strategy. Continue reading

Aspiring Entrepreneurs, This Is Your Chance to Shine!

Pamela Hartley
enior Marketing Manager
Connecticut Innovations

Have a great idea for a startup and want feedback? Need a team? Want the challenge of brainstorming, collaborating and competing against other entrepreneurial teams over a weekend? Have a skill – such as software development, product management, graphic design or marketing – that could benefit a startup team? Want to gain visibility before successful entrepreneurs and community leaders? This is your chance!

Startup Weekend Hartford-Ottawa will take place October 18-20 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The event, which is open to participants wishing to launch a new business (in any industry) or be part of a startup team, is organized jointly by MetroHartford Alliance and HYPE, its young professionals organization. Participants will pitch their ideas, form teams, create business models, code and design, seek market validation and present to a team of judges. To keep things interesting, talent from Ottowa, Canada, will also be included in the mix of participants this year, thanks to cutting-edge communications technology that will link the Connecticut event site with the Canadian site.

How did last year’s teams fare, you might ask? A few of the teams went on to receive assistance from the CTNEXT innovation ecosystem initiative, in which Connecticut Innovations plays a key role, and have since formed companies. You can check out the websites of two of those companies, Movid and The Farmer’s Garden.

For more information or to register, visit http://hartford.startupweekend.org/.