Starting Your Company

The journey of entrepreneurship begins with an idea. It’s these ideas that grow, take shape and ultimately become a full-fledged business. For those starting their entrepreneurial journey, this is where you’ll find the resources to help you reach what’s next.

Ecosystem Overview

Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem is a community of entrepreneurs and the resource network that enables them to thrive

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.

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.

Mentoring

Numerous sources for mentoring and accelerator programs are helping CT entrepreneurs learn, grow and scale.

Mentor Network

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

Food Incubators and Accelerators

Food incubators are programs designed to help guide local, budding food entrepreneurs by providing resources such as commercial kitchen facilities and professional workshops to hone owners’ business acumen.

Social Impact Business Incubators

What if profit isn't your only bottom line? Connecticut's social impact incubators support entrepreneurs looking out for the community and environment, too.

Crowdfunding

Did you know that entrepreneurs and companies have raised more than $34 billion and created 270,000 jobs around the world because of crowdfunding?

Resource Wizard

The Resource Wizard is a searchable database of CT’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, available to CTNext members.

Member Directory

CTNext Member Directory contains detailed profiles and contact info for 3,000+ CT companies and service providers - you can access it free with registration.

COVID-19 Support

Resources for entrepreneurs, startups, early-stage companies and other small businesses, including information about government programs and organizations offering counseling and other support in relation to COVID-19.

Explore the Entrepeneurial Ecosystem

Connecticut is home to a network of resources and supports for entrepreneurs—the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Ecosystem Overview