Mentor Network – 2021 Cohort Search Underway

January 21, 2021 – The CTNext Mentor Network, a program that connects promising Connecticut early-stage companies to a network of experienced entrepreneurs, executives, investors and experts in several business disciplines, is recruiting its new cohort for 2021. Deadline for applications is Friday, January 29, 2021.

The three-year-old program was created to help accelerate the growth of Connecticut’s most promising early-stage ventures. Companies that are interested in participating must apply and have a product or digital service already launched or in test, a significant value proposition, a large market opportunity and a strong management team. Priority is given to companies with strong and diverse management teams. The mentors will work with these select entrepreneurs to scale their business by validating their long-term visions, customer acquisition, and capital-raising strategies. Companies will have the opportunity to get objective feedback and guidance on growing a company; to be more knowledgeable about other resources, tools and programming; to become part of a community of like-minded people; and to increase network connections.

Several successful startups have grown substantially since their Mentor Network participation, including biotech company Encapsulate, 2020 winner of NASA’s Technology in Space Award, and Convexity, creators of the world’s first hypersonic, pocket-portable nebulizer.

For more information and an application, visit If you have any questions, contact Rachel Ferreira at

CTNext is also holding an information session on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 11:30 am online. To register, visit

CTNext is the State of Connecticut’s resource for programs that support innovation-based startup and early-stage companies, and for expanding Connecticut’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. For more information, visit

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