Connecticut Experiential Entrepreneurship Research Experience for Undergraduates

The University of Connecticut is launching the Connecticut Experiential Entrepreneurship Research Experience for Undergraduates, CT EE-REU, with support from CTNext.   CT EE-REU will award fellowships to fifty junior and senior undergraduate students from Connecticut institutions of higher education to undertake a ten-week intensive residential summer research and entrepreneurship program, beginning in the summer of 2020.

Students will live on the UConn Storrs campus to facilitate networking, cohort-building activities, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and entrepreneurial engagement.  The CT EE-REU will build Connecticut’s technology entrepreneurship sector by providing undergraduate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) students with an integrated research and entrepreneurship training experience, exposing them to in-depth technology research as well as teaching them the entrepreneurial competencies that are essential for taking full professional advantage of their academic training. The students will identify potentially commercializable technologies within faculty laboratories, and, through the program’s entrepreneurial training, will develop a business model and potentially a startup company in collaboration with the faculty member. The student’s summer activities will stimulate faculty to consider the commercialization potential of their scientific discoveries, thereby increasing the transition of university-developed IP to the marketplace and building a culture of entrepreneurship in the university and the state.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of achievement and will become entrepreneurship ambassadors at their respective institutions.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Hadi Bozorgmanesh
Co-Executive Director UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium
Professor of Practice, School of Engineering
University of Connecticut
hadi.bozorgmanesh@uconn.edu

Katarzyna Terlikowski
Program Assistant
School of Engineering
University of Connecticut
katarzyna.terlikowski@uconn.edu

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