Rocky Hill, Conn. – November 22, 2017 – CTNext, Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, today announced the addition of two new partners, Design Technologies and Nerac, to the CTNext Partner Program. Design Technologies advises entrepreneurs in the life science industries, providing workshops and coaching to help accelerate venture investment, partnerships and the recruitment of management to the venture. Nerac is a global research and advisory firm for companies developing innovative products and technologies that will support the identification, assessment, mentoring and development of technology-based startups in northeastern Connecticut.
“We are delighted to welcome two new partners into the burgeoning CTNext family,” said Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext. “The CTNext Partner Program continues to be a vital part of Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem, offering immeasurable resources and guidance to local entrepreneurs. The addition of Design Technologies and Nerac strengthens our network, and we look forward to working with them to further support life science and technology entrepreneurs.”
Design Technologies is setting out to create the ABCT program, a customized entrepreneurship curriculum for life science entrepreneurs in Connecticut. The ABCT program will help expand the entrepreneurs business network in order to accelerate venture investment, partnerships and the recruitment of management to the ventures. Design Technologies will receive up to $720,000 for a period of three years from CTNext to build and execute the program.
CTNext’s engagement with Nerac will focus on the Nerac Incubator and XcellR8 program, which support the identification, assessment, mentoring and development of technology-based startups in northeastern Connecticut, particularly those out of UConn. The incubator will build upon the existing network and community of entrepreneurs associated with the XcellR8 program. CTNext has allocated up to $110,000 for the first year.
Any organization with a project that can help Connecticut entrepreneurs grow their companies, create jobs, boost revenues and find talent can apply to become a CTNext Partner through the online rolling application process.
CTNext is Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support. The goal of the program is to build a more robust community of entrepreneurs and to accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development and capital to foster innovation and create jobs for people in Connecticut. CTNext launched in 2012 and has more than 1,900 members in its network.
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