Mentoring & Accelerators Helping Entrepreneurs Learn and Scale
Across Connecticut, new companies at every stage benefit from expert counsel.
In Hartford’s two fintech accelerators, the management teams of early-stage companies from around the world are tapping into the experience and expertise of some of the Insurance Capital’s top leaders, while offering innovation technology ideas to a rapidly evolving industry.
At Yale, UConn, and Connecticut’s other higher ed institutions, budding entrepreneurs are matched with mentors and business management pros, as young people embrace the idea of an entrepreneurial career. Even Trinity College, once traditionally focused on liberal arts and sciences, has become home to one of the state’s most successful accelerators and is about to open its own Innovation Center.
And across Connecticut, in cooperative workspaces like The District in New Haven, and in business incubators like reSET in Hartford, mentorship programs are linking entrepreneurs with the business expertise they need to advance and scale from an idea to an established, seed-ready company, attractive to both customers and investors.
Connecticut has made major strides in increasing access to mentors with expertise in guiding a new company from seed to scalability. Other public mentoring sources include:
- Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology/CCAT
- DECD Minority Business Initiative (statewide)
- Digital Health CT/Startupbootcamp
- Hartford Insurtech Hub/Startupbootcamp
- Innovation Destination – Hartford: Impact Accelerator
- NERAC Venture Incubator
- New Haven Office of Business Development
- reSET (Hartford)
- Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) (statewide)
- SCORE (offices statewide)
- Stanley/TECHSTARS Accelerator
- TechXel (Stamford)
- University of Connecticut
- University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center Women’s Business
There are also several commercial incubators and accelerator programs, which often charge fees for their services.
CTNext Mentor Network
In 2019, CTNext launched its own Mentor Network, with the goal of linking the state’s best young companies to a network of executives, serial entrepreneurs and investors who are at a point where they want to invest their time in growing Connecticut’s entrepreneurial sector. The mentors work with these select entrepreneurs to scale their business by defining their long-term visions and their customer acquisition and capital-raising strategies. Companies 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. Find out more information about the CTNext Mentor Network.