Timothy Folta

The $5 Challenge

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Use Money to Make Money

In his “Risks and Rewards of Entrepreneurship” course, management professor Timothy Folta gave student groups $5 and told them to use it as start-up cash for a new business. The project was designed to spur creativity around new business ideas.

Students had one week to brainstorm ideas, but once they received the cash, they had only two hours to make as much money as possible.

Interestingly, the group that made the most money did not even use the start-up funds.Continue Reading

Accelerate UConn Welcomes 1st Class of Entrepreneurs

UConn Health- Accelerate UConn, a National Science Foundation (NSF) entrepreneurship program at UConn, has selected 10 faculty-student teams to receive seed grants and business training aimed at more quickly and successfully commercializing early-stage technologies developed at the University.

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UConn Launches New Entrepreneurship Program

Hartford Business Journal – Q&A talks about Accelerate UConn, a new entrepreneurship program at the University of Connecticut, with Michelle Cote, managing director of UConn’s Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and UConn business professor Timothy B. Folta.

Accelerate UConn Program Launches

UConn Launches Program to Help Students, Faculty Transform Ideas for Technology into Commercialized Products

New Haven Register – The University of Connecticut is launching a program to help students and faculty transform ideas for technology into commercialized products. The school kicked of its Accelerate UConn program with a ceremony Tuesday in Storrs. The program, which builds upon UConn’s existing technology transfer, incubation and commercialization infrastructure, is being funded by a three-year, $300,000 grant by the national science foundation.

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‘Accelerate UConn’ Begins

New Program Prepares to Welcome Inaugural Teams of Inventors

The University of Connecticut is launching a new program, called Accelerate UConn, which will encourage and fund student and faculty teams interested in developing technology-focused start-up companies.

The program is made possible by a $100,000, one-year grant from the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps), that may be extended for two additional years.Continue Reading

$300,000 NSF Grant

UConn Receives a $300,000 NSF Grant Toward Student, Faculty Research

By Molly Stadnicki.  This article originally appeared in The Daily Campus.

The University of Connecticut was recently recognized as a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site (NSF) and will receive a grant of $300,000 distributed over the next three years.

NSF’s I-Corps program focuses on fostering entrepreneurship that will lead to the development of technological advancements. Institutions recognized by this program are those that incorporate teams that are committed to strengthening local innovations.Continue Reading

Folta Serves as Guest Editor

Management Professor Timothy Folta, the Thomas John and Bette Wolff Chair of Strategic Entrepreneurship at the School of Business, is serving as editor of a special issue of the Journal of Advances in Strategic Management. Papers may be submitted until May 15. Research finalists will be invited to attend a conference at the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study in Strasbourg, France in November.  Folta, an award-winning researcher, is a Fellow of the Institute, which was created in 2012 as a place of intellectual innovation.

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Eight Outstanding School of Business Professors Earn 2015 Faculty Awards

A professor who used chocolate chip cookies to teach about quality control, three researchers who had work published in top journals, and an educator who vigorously promoted the School of Business were among the 2015 Faculty Award recipients.

“This year we honored eight outstanding faculty members for their exceptional research, teaching and leadership achievements,” said Associate Dean Sulin Ba. “The selection process was particularly difficult due to the dozens of impressive nominees. We are fortunate to have such talented, creative and remarkable colleagues.”Continue Reading