New CTNext.com offers both new, expanded and frequently updated content about innovative CT entrepreneurs and the growing ecosystem supporting them, along with enhanced Access to CTNext Programs and Resources
HARTFORD, CT (November 16, 2020) – CTNext, the subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations that serves as the state’s catalyst for innovation-based entrepreneurial businesses, has launched a new version of its website CTNext.com. The website now offers greatly expanded content to help early-stage companies find the programs and resources they need to succeed, and to educate people inside and outside CT about the state’s strengths as a home for innovative entrepreneurs.
“The new enhanced website will support our mission by providing a continually expanding source of information to help our entrepreneurs and innovators start, grow, and thrive, while also demonstrating Connecticut’s attractiveness as a home for innovation-based business,” said Glendowlyn Thames, Interim Executive Director, CTNext. “It will be updated with new content frequently, and serve as an online destination for anyone inside or outside the state who wants to understand the ecosystem of resources available and learn how Connecticut has evolved into one the most dynamic innovation locations in the U.S.”
New content on CTNext.com includes stories about entrepreneurs successfully launching Connecticut-based businesses with the help of CTNext and other ecosystem organizations. The term “entrepreneurial ecosystem” refers to the rapidly expanding network of state and municipal agencies, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations and other resources that support new business growth in Connecticut. The new CTNext.com offers profiles of some ecosystem partners, and more details about the entire entrepreneurial ecosystem can be found at https://ctnext.com/entrepreneurial-ecosystem/ecosystem-overview/.
In addition, the new CTNext.com offers content about Connecticut industries where entrepreneurs are making significant impact, including bioscience/life sciences, advanced manufacturing and aquaculture. Stories will be added soon on insurtech, digital media and other “hot” industries.
CTNext.com continues to serve as the access point for CTNext’s array of programs that provide direct support to developing businesses, programs like Growth Company Grants, the CTNext Mentor Network, the Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, Technology Talent Bridge, SBIR/STTR training and consulting, and more.
Content also includes information about CTNext’s two most ambitious programs, Innovation Places and the CTNext Higher Education & Entrepreneurship Fund. Innovation Places has been the catalyst for the establishment of four city-based entrepreneur ecosystem organizations in Hartford (Launc[H]artford, Thames River Innovation Project, Stamford Innovation Place, and the New Haven Innovation Collaborative. Through these four organizations, CTNext has helped fund dozens of new programs and initiatives that have transformed the entrepreneurial development landscape in Connecticut. CTNext’s Higher Education Education & Entrepreneurship Fund is designed to provide grants for partnerships between Connecticut’s colleges and universities that support new research and education programs focused on technology transfer from the lab to the commercial world, and on educating and training a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. To make it easier for entrepreneurs to find the content that’s most relevant, the Programs & Resources content has been organized by business stage – Starting Your Company, Building Your Company, or Scaling Your Company.
Tom Bradley, Director of Marketing & Communications, 860/967-5357, email: firstname.lastname@example.org