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Partner Book


CTNext is here not only to help you find your way to your destination, but also to help make sure it’s the smoothest ride possible. The road of entrepreneurship is never an easy one to take, but with a little help along the way, it might just make a difference in where you end up. Our statewide network connects promising companies to mentors, collaborative work spaces, universities, vendors, suppliers and other like-minded entrepreneurs to help facilitate the growth and scalability of their business.


CTNext partners are an important part of the innovation ecosystem, providing services and assistance that can help you grow your business. CTNext has engaged in a number of public-private partnerships designed to help entrepreneurs succeed; these partners are ready and waiting to assist you.

Statewide Entrepreneurs in Residence


Entrepreneur in Residence Growth Advisor

Overview Eric is himself a serial entrepreneur, and offers perspective from his many ventures in advising early-stage companies. As an Entrepreneur in Residence, Eric is able to counsel entrepreneurs on their business model, patent filings, go-to-market strategies, strategic connections through his network and much more. Entrepreneurs in Residence services are provided free of charge by CTNext. Location 1429 Park Street, Suite 114 Hartford, CT 06106 Contact Eric Knight 860-922-9736


Entrepreneur in Residence Growth Advisor

Overview Entrepreneur in Residence Gary Breitbart provides Stage 2 high-growth companies in Fairfield County with free advisory support. His services include assistance with fundraising, business strategy, talent and organizational development, professional service referrals and much more. CTNext works with the Business Council of Fairfield County to provide Gary’s business advisory services to CTNext members free of charge. Location One Landmark Square, Suite 300 Stamford, CT 06901 Contact Gary Breitbart 914-589-9970


Entrepreneur in Residence Growth Advisor

Overview Lalitha supports a growing portfolio of entrepreneurs, working as a business advisor to Stage 2 companies with high growth potential in the Hartford area. Areas of focus include organizational development, sales, product pricing, market identification and distribution. CTNext works with the MetroHartford Alliance to provide Lalitha’s business advisory services to CTNext members free of charge. Location 31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor Hartford, CT 06103 Contact Lalitha Shivaswamy 860-217-0198


Entrepreneur in Residence Growth Advisor

Overview Richard brings his many years of industry experience to the table, providing coaching, guidance and connections to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses participating in the CTNext program. Companies that work with Richard are typically in the early stages of development and/or growth, needing guidance in areas such as strategic review of business plan, business model, go-to-market strategy, pitch development and connections to funding. Entrepreneurs in Residence services are provided free of charge by CTNext. Location 760 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510 Contact Richard Guha 203-659-0285


SECT Tech Life Science Advisors

Overview SECT Tech is a group of business advisors that at times takes the role of an ad hoc “board of directors.� Tom Gerson, Frank Marco and Harry Penner support early-stage life science and healthcare companies by offering business development and strategic assistance. Entrepreneurs in Residence services are provided free of charge by CTNext. Location 6 White Pine Lane Guilford, CT 06437 Contacts Thomas Gerson 203-868-9249 Frank Marco 203-498-4344

Harry Penner 203-676-3676

Coworking and Community Building


B:Hive Bridgeport

Overview This co-working space is located right in the heart of the city. B:Hive focuses its attention on the entrepreneurial community in Bridgeport, hosting regular events and networking activities. Equipped with a number of business-friendly amenities, this workspace is ideal for freelancers, solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Location 285 Fairfield Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 Contacts Luke Scott Marcella Kovac Jordan Rabidou Madeline Rhodes 203-873-2008



Overview The Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE) manages the Bioscience ClubhouseCT initiative. This program offers forums to network Connecticut’s biotechnology community. Ultimately this industry community is strengthened by helping to grow its entrepreneurial plans through one-to-one meetings and providing feedback. Location 760 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06510 Contact Susan Froshauer 203-606-0081 Stan Choy Kelley Gipson


Danbury Hackerspace

Overview The Danbury Hackerspace is a coworking and hackerspace that works with early-stage companies to offer mentoring, support, introductions and referrals to programs and resources. In addition to the building amenities, the Hackerspace runs classes, open houses and a number of other educational programming opportunities for entrepreneurs. Location 158 Main Street Danbury, CT 06810 Contacts Jon Gatrell Mike Kaltschnee 203-770-4976



Overview MakeHartford is a makerspace in Hartford offering workshops and courses that teach fabrications and design. Classes include a hackathon series and installation pieces at community events. Location 30 Arbor Street Hartford, CT 06106 Contact Steve Yanicke 860-578-4338


MakeHaven, Inc.

Overview This New Haven—based makerspace has tools and resources available to meet the needs of the hobbyist and entrepreneur alike. It provides workshops and courses targeted at educating members on how to use tools and machinery, and efficient ways to apply maker-skills to the development of their business. Location 266 State Street New Haven, CT 06510 Contact JR Logan 203-676-3414



Overview reSET is a coworking space that executes programs supporting the growth and development of early-stage businesses, many of which have social an environmental impact. Core programs include an accelerator, a mentor network and an internship program. Members of this space have access to a number of amenities, including options for meeting and event space, and a vibrant impact-driven community of fellow entrepreneurs. Location 1429 Park Street, Suite 114 Hartford, CT 06106 Contact Ojala Naeem


Spark Makerspace

Overview Spark Makerspace is a community-run coworking and makerspace. Workshops and networking events are focused around the location’s unique programming opportunities. Companies supported by these services span industries of arts all the way to engineering.

Location 13 and 86 Golden Street New London, CT 06320

Contact Hannah Gant

Talent Development and Skill Building


Connecticut Technology Council Skills Challenge

Overview The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) runs two statewide challenges: a Coding Skills Challenge and an Engineering and Manufacturing Skills Challenge. These challenges assess the capabilities of college students from all over Connecticut, and then offer opportunities to meet future employers at a job fair at each of the Challenge Finals. Location 222 Pitkin Street #113 East Hartford, CT 06108

Contacts Bruce Carlson 860-289-0878 Katie Magboo 860-287-3925


MEA Mobile App Academy

Overview The App Academy teaches commercial coding skills to recent college graduates using a sustainable product lab approach. The output of this work is the creation of websites or functional applications. Customers of the App Academy are members of CTNext seeking this kind of technical support for their own businesses. Location 59 Elm Street Suite 200 New Haven, CT 06510 Contact Bruce Seymour 860-628-1787



Overview Salt of the Earth Enterprise Kitchens is a shareduse kitchen and food business incubator program. SEEK has developed workshops for newly established food-based entrepreneurs in the areas of necessary permits and licensing, and fundamentals for starting, maintaining and scaling their food-based businesses. Location 1718 Capitol Ave Bridgeport, CT  06604 Contacts Michelle McCabe 203-334-1121 x16 Landon Horan


The Refinery

Overview The Refinery is an accelerator program that provides critical business development to support the growth of women-led tech companies. Companies enrolled in the program are exposed to a structured curriculum and access to a network of mentors and typically receive ongoing support after graduation from the program. Location 9 Stony Brook Road Westport, CT 06880 Contacts Janis Collins 917-861-5937 Jen Gabler


UConn School of Engineering Third Bridge Grant

Overview Third Bridge is an entrepreneurship grant program offered to advanced degree engineering students at the University of Connecticut. Through the support of mentors, entrepreneurs are taken through a curriculum of strategic guidance to learn how to grow their business from proof of concept to a marketable product. Location 97 North Eagleville Road, Unit 3136 Storrs, CT 06269 Contacts Hadi Bozorgmanesh 860-486-2166 Kathy Rocha 860-377-0094

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