Michelle Cote


xCITE Conference Fosters Camaraderie Among Women Entrepreneurs

Camaraderie and networking among women innovators highlighted UConn's xCITE conference on May 23rd. (Zack Wussow/Zack Wussow Media)
Camaraderie and networking among women innovators highlighted UConn’s xCITE conference on May 23rd. (Zack Wussow/Zack Wussow Media)

Senior Elizabeth Gallucci ’19 already has a long list of achievements on her resume, including working as an undergraduate teaching assistant, volunteering with at a startup that serves underprivileged children, and studying in London. Continue Reading


Impact Hartford: Innovation Today for Tomorrow

Metro Hartford Alliance– The Alliance’s most recent “Pulse of the Region” radio show is now available online. Learn more about Hartford’s role as a center for innovation and the Alliance’s June 20 “Impact Hartford” breakfast program from our guests: Sabine VanderLinden, CEO, Startupbootcamp InsurTech; Dr. Mark Maybury, Chief Technology Officer, Stanley Black & Decker; and Michelle Cote, Managing Director, Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, University of Connecticut School of Business. Stanley Black & Decker is a Leadership Investor; and University of Connecticut is a Strategic Partner. “Pulse of the Region” is sponsored by Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) and Oak Hill – Empowering People with Disabilities, both Strategic Partners.



Entrepreneurship, Wings to Fly

From left: Guanwei Tao and project mentors Michelle Cote and Caroline Dealy. (Guanwei Tao)
From left: Guanwei Tao and project mentors Michelle Cote and Caroline Dealy. (Guanwei Tao)

My Experience with the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CCEI)

I worked for multinational corporations for 10 years. My career grew from sales to marketing. As a product marketing professional, I have launched 10 products in the last 6 years. However, I can’t stop asking myself, “What else can I do to contribute more to my career? Where is the next step to lead to a meaningful life?” Continue Reading


Winter in Israel: Waiting for Students to Arrive

This morning, CCEI’s eight “Winter in Israel” students arrived in Tel Aviv to be welcomed by CCEI Managing Director Michelle Cote and adjunct professor and Partner at Hinckley Allen, Daniel Gottfried. These students will spend the next 10 days traveling through Israel and learning from leaders in technology, business, visiting government offices, large high tech enterprises, venture capital investors, technology accelerators, and academic institutions.

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New MBA Students Quickly Becoming Leaders

MBA Case Competition First-Place Team (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)
The first place team, from left: Jonathan Neal, Mariam Kurian, Jared Alexis, and Jin Du. (Nathan Oldham/UConn School of Business)

As Insurance Industry Grapples with Change, MBA Candidates Could Become Trailblazers

First-year UConn MBA students faced one of their first big hurdles earlier this month when they were presented with a real-life, pressure-filled case competition, made all the more interesting by the presence of a special judge. Continue Reading



A Leap Toward Entrepreneurship

Members of 10 Summer Fellowship teams, with CCEI Staff, mentors, and Greg Wolff (Jennifer Murphy, UConn School of Business)
Members of 10 Summer Fellowship teams, with CCEI Staff, mentors, and Greg Wolff (Jennifer Murphy, UConn School of Business)

After Completing CCEI’s Summer Fellowship Program, Students Prepare for Wolff Competition and $15,000 Grand Prize

Ten aspiring UConn entrepreneurs delivered final business model presentations on Aug. 3, marking their completion of the 2017 Summer Fellowship program, sponsored by the Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI). Continue Reading


Hartford and East Hartford Selected as an Innovation Place

MetroHartford Alliance – The communities of Hartford and East Hartford, led by The Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Places Planning Team, have been selected as an Innovation Place, announced yesterday afternoon by the CTNext Board of Directors. The Hartford/East Hartford Initiative will receive up to $2 million in Implementation Grant funds in fiscal year 2018 to begin implementing the team’s vision for making Hartford and East Hartford a hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, and business growth.


‘Innovation Places’ Contest Draws Millions in Private Investment

Hartford Business Journal – Two teams made up of well-known Greater Hartford companies, colleges, nonprofits and other institutions last week aired plans to invest millions of dollars in new economic development initiatives with the hopes of winning matching funds from the state’s Innovation Places competition.