CTNext Programs

Programs and resources to help entrepreneurs, startups, and early-stage companies find the assistance they need to move forward.

Innovation Places

CTNext’s Innovation Places program is the state’s most ambitious effort to catalyze technological innovation that leads to economic growth.

Higher Education Initiative

Entrepreneurship, tech transfer, workforce development and retention - the driving force behind much of Connecticut's tech growth is higher education.

CTNext Partners

CTNext Partners provides funding for programs designed to help entrepreneurs grow businesses, jobs, and revenues in Connecticut. Find out how your organization can qualify for a grant up to $100,000.

Proof-of-Concept Initiative

A CI/CTNext initiative offering financing for companies looking for proof-of-concept funding.

Entrepreneur Innovation Awards

The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA) help find promising and innovative startups and provide cash to help them move their ideas to the next level.

Mentor Network

CTNext’s network of experienced mentors includes serial entrepreneurs, angel investors, experts in corporate finance, marketing, operations and more.

Small Business Innovation Research Training

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Acceleration and Commercialization program is to increase the participation of Connecticut-based firms in federal SBIR and STTR grant programs.

Technology Talent Bridge

The Technology Talent Bridge (TTB) internship program is a grant opportunity for Connecticut small businesses to provide funding for the hire of student interns. The program aims to develop a talent “bridge” between the small business and the student, to ultimately create jobs.

Growth Company Grants

The Growth Company Grants program provides funding for Connecticut early-stage companies that have achieved some success to help them move to the next level, specifically offering support for strategic projects and customer acquisition.


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Angel Tax Credit

Connecticut Innovations administers the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program, which allows angels an opportunity to receive a tax credit by investing in a qualified Connecticut business.

Governor’s Innovation Fellowship

The GIF helps top graduating students find positions in innovative CT companies, develop business skills, and engage with the community.