Governor Lamont speaks with members of the 2020-21 Governor’s Innovation Fellowship inaugural cohort at a Stamford reception celebrating their completion of the program.

Program Created to Help Connecticut Retain Outstanding Young Professionals Expanding Beyond Stamford

Governor Lamont Hosts Celebration Event for Fellows Completing Pilot Program

STAMFORD, CT (June 23, 2021) – The Governor’s Innovation Fellowship, a State of Connecticut program created to help retain more outstanding college and university graduates with the potential to be business leaders and innovators, is expanding statewide. The program was launched in 2019 with a pilot program in Stamford.

To make the announcement and celebrate the completion of the pilot program, Governor Ned Lamont hosted the 18 cohort members and their families, along with their employers, state and local economic development officials and community leaders at a reception on Friday, June 17th, at the Village at Star Point in Stamford.

Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext, which is managing the statewide expansion of the Fellowship, said at the event, “The Governor’s Innovation Fellowship offers qualifying graduates a chance to build a strong foundation to their careers through meaningful employment in one of Connecticut’s innovation-based companies, combined with a program focused on professional development, leadership training, and networking.”

“The Fellowship also provides young professionals the opportunity to be one of the founding members of a professional community that will grow and contribute to shaping the direction of the state’s – and the nation’s – business future for generations.”

Recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Fellowship are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of college seniors or recent graduates. Those selected win a $5,000 Fellowship Grant and are matched with Connecticut-based employers with positions for individuals with career growth and leadership potential. The selection pool is reviewed by a panel of Connecticut-based business leaders and executives.

To be eligible to apply for a Fellowship, individuals needed to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a graduating senior of a Connecticut university or college (2021) or a graduate from a Connecticut high school class of 2017 attending college out-of-state 
  • Accept an offer for a technology-related (or STEM-focused) position in Connecticut, or have an offer for such a position based in Connecticut already pending
  • Become a Connecticut resident

Individuals seeking more information about how to apply for a Fellowship should visit Companies who may have positions for Fellows and wish to learn more about the program can contact Julia Napolitano, CTNext, at 860/258-7892 or

About CTNext

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


Tom Bradley, Director of Marketing & Communications, CTNext Phone: 860/967-5357    Email:

Members of the first Governor’s Innovation Fellowship Cohort 2020-21 with Governor Lamont (third from the left).

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