Innovation


UConn-Backed MedTech Accelerator Advances 10 Powerful Startups; ‘These Companies Will Absolutely Change Lives’

Armin Tahmasbi Rad, co-founder and CEO of Encapsulate
Armin Tahmasbi Rad, co-founder and CEO of Encapsulate (Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

The excitement was palpable Monday night as 10 health care startups, including two that are UConn-grown, shared their medical technology innovations that promise unique solutions for some of medicine’s most vexing problems.Continue Reading


UConn Entrepreneurship Program Celebrates Major Milestone

UConn Today – Accelerate UConn, an entrepreneurship program that helps students and faculty commercialize business ideas, reached a major milestone at the end of last year. Launched in 2015, Accelerate UConn announced that 100 teams of aspiring entrepreneurs had participated in the rigorous, seven-week training funded by the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Program.


Alum Embarks on Search For True Happiness—Finds It All Across the USA

Michelle Wax '12 (BUS) poses for a photo in front of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. (Contributed Photo)
Michelle Wax ’12 (BUS) poses for a photo in front of the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. (Contributed Photo)

She should have been on top of the world.

Alumna Michelle Wax ’12 (BUS), was in her mid-20s and already the owner of two successful companies in the food industry. Business was great, yet something was amiss. Continue Reading




Travis Bloom ’13: Avoiding the $10k Vet Bill

Travis Bloom poses with his cat, Ginny
Travis Bloom ’13 (BUS) takes a minute from his day to take a picture with Ginny Bloom, his CCO (Chief Cat Officer) at Pawlicy Advisor. At Pawlicy Advisor, Travis offers a variety of insurance options for pet owners, and seeks to make it as transparent and easy to use as possible. (Contributed Photo)

As soon as alumnus Travis Bloom ’13 (BUS) tells people that he co-owns a company that brokers pet health insurance, the stories begin.Continue Reading


UConn Alums Want You to ‘Roast’ Them

From left, Kwame "Ato'' Eyiah, Ben Morneault and Chris Mueller, alumni from the Class of 2019, are launching their new Roast Me game.(Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)
From left, Kwame “Ato” Eyiah, Ben Morneault and Chris Mueller, alumni from the Class of 2019, are launching their new Roast Me game.(Nathan Oldham / UConn School of Business)

Three recent UConn alumni are on the verge of releasing their first entrepreneurial venture, a unique card game called Roast Me. The game brings a twist to good-natured comedic gibes among friends, with a gameplay style similar to “adult” card games that have become popular in recent years.Continue Reading


‘It’s ridiculously hard to make a startup succeed.’ Hartford’s new medtech accelerator is focused on improving these odds

Hartford Courant – With Hartford pushing to raise its profile as a hotbed of entrepreneurship and innovation, the first class of fledgling companies chosen for downtown’s new medtech accelerator focused squarely Tuesday on beating the odds stacked against startups.

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KeyBank Gives $75K to UConn Program for Veteran Business Owners

KeyBank has presented a $75,000 grant to the UConn School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, which helps U.S. military veterans become small business owners. Pictured from left to right are UConn EBV program graduates Jorge and Jessica Rodriguez, KeyBank Corporate Responsibility Officer LaKisha Jordan, KeyBank Market President Jim Barger, and UConn  EBV Director Michael Zacchea. (Contributed Photo)
KeyBank has presented a $75,000 grant to the UConn School of Business’ Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans, which helps U.S. military veterans become small business owners. Pictured from left to right are UConn EBV program graduates Jorge and Jessica Rodriguez, KeyBank Corporate Responsibility Officer LaKisha Jordan, KeyBank Market President Jim Barger, and UConn EBV Director Michael Zacchea. (Contributed Photo)

The KeyBank Foundation on Thursday presented a $75,000 grant to UConn in support a School of Business program that helps U.S. military veterans become small-business owners.Continue Reading


Top 50 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2020

Entrepreneur – Our evolving overall university approach to entrepreneurship is a distinguishing aspect, as we are currently working to bring an Intro to Entrepreneurship course in the general education requirements and have included entrepreneurship in the core curriculum of our honors program.

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