Michelle Cote is the Managing Director of the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI) at the University of Connecticut. In this role, she develops programs that help students, faculty and alumni opportunities build and practice entrepreneurial thinking and skills, and provides them with resources and support in forming new ventures. CCEI frequently partners with schools across the University of Connecticut network to provide inter-disciplinary learning experiences and the university’s Technology Commercialization Services team to support faculty and graduate students in the process of commercializing their research.
Prior to this role, Michelle supported the growth and development of social entrepreneurs as the Program Director for the Hartford-based social enterprise advocacy organization, reSET. In this role she developed and led three cohorts of reSET’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, which utilized the Business Model Canvas and Lean LaunchPad software platform.
Michelle’s other professional experience includes founding a social venture initiative called The Purpose Project, which connected different generations of social leaders in order to help solve some of our community’s most pressing problems, and providing business development support to artisan entrepreneurs in South America and Afghanistan through the organizations Aid to Artisans and the Business Council for Peace.
Michelle holds an undergraduate degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut. In 2008, Michelle was selected by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of 80 (out of 3,200 applicants) entrepreneurs with “Ideas that Could Change the World”.