Innovation Summit 2015| Funding, CoWorking Spaces and Resources

Innovation Summit 2015| Funding, CoWorking Spaces and Resources

 

Innovation Summit Funding, CoWorking Spaces and Resources

One of the key features at the Innovation Summit are the Funding, CoWorking Spaces and Resources areas, where angels, VCs, investment bankers, lenders, family offices, private investors , and other resources will be on-hand November 10, to offer individual guidance and advice to attendees at the 2015 Innovation Summit:

Funders

Angel Investor Forum
The Angel Investor Forum (AIF) is the largest group of angel investors in the state of Connecticut. Started in 2004, AIF meets monthly to evaluate companies. Members invest individually in companies and have also pooled together a fund that invests in larger amounts.  AIF looks to invest in capital efficient companies in the northeast which have traction in the market and a plan to reach cash flow break-even.
For more information, visit: www.angelinvestorforum.com
Duxford Capital Advisors, LLC
Duxford is a private equity investment and consulting firm offering clients and portfolio companies a full range of strategic advisory services including assistance in developing and implementing a “smart money” approach to their equity and debt requirements. In appropriate opportunities, Duxford invests its own capital and partners with other like-minded collaborating investors to meet client capital needs.
For more information, visit: www.duxfordcapital.com
Elm Street Ventures
Elm Street Ventures is a seed and early stage venture fund based in New Haven, CT. Elm Street Ventures invests in life sciences, green technology, information technology, and other sectors.
For more information, visit: www.elmvc.com
Enhanced Capital Partners
Enhanced Capital is a small business investment firm focused on established lower middle market companies. Enhanced Capital invests in growing businesses often overlooked by traditional sources of capital due to location or size.
For more information, visit: www.enhancedcapital.com
Ironwood Capital
Ironwood Capital is a Connecticut-based private equity firm that provides non-control growth capital to middle market companies. Over the past 15 years, we have invested $600 million in over 100 companies. We take a straightforward approach in providing profitable, well-managed companies with growth and transition capital coupled with strategic, operational and financial guidance. Ironwood invests in the form of subordinated debt and preferred stock in amounts ranging from $5 million to $20 million to support business owners and financial sponsors in growth financings, full and partial recapitalizations, generational transitions and buyouts. With nearly 30 years of middle market experience, we seek to simplify a process that is often unnecessarily wrought with complexity and contention..
For more information, visit: www.ironwoodcapital.com
LaunchCapital
LaunchCapital was founded in January 2008 with a mission to help entrepreneurs gain quick access to seed capital and mentorship. With investments in over 150 companies, LaunchCapital has a core focus in technology, consumer  and medical businesses.
For more information, visit: www.launch-capital.com
Liquid Capital Partners
Liquid Capital Partners is a Non-Bank Lender, providing working capital to B2B businesses. Capabilities include Account Receivable financing, Purchase Order financing, providing trade terms with suppliers, Equipment Leasing. It services small and middle market businesses.
For more information, visit: www.liquidcapitalpartners.com
Long River Ventures
Long River Ventures invests in early stage healthcare and IT companies throughout New England.  Based in Boston and Amherst, Mass, Long River Ventures typically invests in first institutional Seed, Series A, or Series B rounds of $1MM to $5MM.  Long River, created in 2000 by a group of experienced entrepreneurs and investors, has approximately $75MM under management and is investing from their third fund.
For more information, visit: www.longriverventures.com
Stonehenge Growth Capital, LLC
Stonehenge Growth Capital, LLC (“SGC”) manages the venture capital, private equity and mezzanine investment activities of Stonehenge Capital Company, LLC (“SCC”). The executive management and key professionals of Banc One Capital Markets formed SCC in 1999 as a spinoff from Bank One. Stonehenge Growth Capital manages over $677 million across venture capital, private equity and debt funds, operating out of five regional offices across the U.S.
For more information, visit: www.stonehengegrowthcapital.com
Vital Venture Capital
Vital Venture Capital primarily invests in non-therapeutic life science companies and enterprise software firms, generally investing between $500,000 – $5,000,000 in each portfolio company over 2-3 financing rounds. Vital invests in seed and later-stage companies
For more information, visit: www.vitalvc.com


CoWorking Spaces

Connecticut Business Incubator Network (CBIN)
The Connecticut Business Incubator Network strives to stimulate Connecticut’s economic development through business incubation activities, resulting in the creation of new jobs, new businesses and new investments.
For more information, visit: www.connecticutincubators.org
reSET Social Enterprise Trust
reSET is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford the Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state. reSET serves all entrepreneurs, but specializes in social enterprise ― impact driven business with a double and sometimes triple bottom line. In addition to providing co-working space and accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.
For more information, visit: www.socialenterprisetrust.org
UConn Technology Incubation Program (TIP)
UConn’s TIP
For more information, visit: research.uconn.edu

Resources

Accelerate UConn
Accelerate UConn (AU) helps faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students to determine the commercial potential for new ideas, technology, and products and develop strategies for bringing their innovations to the marketplace.
For more information, visit: accelerate.uconn.edu
The Bolat Group
The Bolat Group provides comprehensive, sales strategy and business development for companies seeking growth opportunities locally or in new markets globally. The Bolat Group offers a wealth of experience in the public and private sectors; helping clients understand their needs, creating innovative strategies, and delivering value.
For more information, visit thebolatgroup.com
Cantor Colburn LLP
Cantor Colburn LLP is one of the largest full-service IP law firms in the U.S., dedicated for more than 40 years to helping a diverse group of technology-based clients optimize their IP assets. Our legal skills are supported by in-depth technical knowledge and experience. Our attorneys have degrees in such fields as biochemistry, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, metallurgy, civil engineering, computer science, and environmental engineering. Our clients are leaders in cutting-edge, high-tech fields such as aerospace, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, medical devices, optics, manufacturing, software, and chemical engineering – and we understand what drives their businesses. Through our combination of technical, scientific, business, and legal experience, we help clients achieve IP objectives – and succeed in today’s competitive marketplace.
For more information, visit: www.cantorcolburn.com
Connecticut Innovations
CI is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut’s innovative, growing companies. With the addition of the Small Business Innovation Team in 2009 and the merger with the Connecticut Development Authority—the state’s lender—in 2012, CI now serves great Connecticut companies, no matter what stage of growth they’re in.
For more information, visit: ctinnovations.com
CTNext
CTNext is Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem supporting the success of companies and entrepreneurs by providing guidance, resources and networks to accelerate growth. Its statewide network connects promising companies to mentors, collaborative work spaces, universities, vendors, suppliers and other like-minded entrepreneurs to help facilitate growth and scalability. CTNext offers seminars, training and other events that help foster innovation and create jobs.
For more information, visit: ctnext.com
Connecticut Small Business Development Center(SBDC)
The SBDC provides no-cost advising assistance to prospective and existing business owners in starting or growing their business. Advisors are experienced in developing growth strategies and providing tools to help turn around a struggling business. As a result, many small businesses report accelerated growth and improved access to capital financing.
For more information, visit: ctsbdc.com
Comcast Business
Comcast Business
For more information, visit: business.comcast.com
Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)
Start with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC), a nonprofit corporation and public-private partnership that provides economic development services consistent with state strategies, leveraging Connecticut’s unique advantages as a premier business location.
For more information, visit: www.cerc.com
Connecticut Dept. of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
DECD
For more information, visit: www.ct.gov/ecd
Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE)
CURE serves as the bioscience cluster of Connecticut, a diverse community of small and large life and healthcare sciences companies, ranging in scope from therapeutics, to healthcare technology, to medical devices. Universities, government agencies, scientists, educators, mentors, students, entrepreneurs, business experts, service providers and investors join in to form the breadth of the network. CURE educates, cultivates entrepreneurship, supports the build of bioscience companies and collaborates to ensure a sustainable, high-value bioscience and healthcare community.
For more information, visit: www.cureconnect.org
Dilworth IP
Dilworth IP is a law firm with a focus on servicing early-stage companies, including its recently launched incentive program for start-ups specifically designed for tech-driven companies to help them achieve their goals through compensation incentives for legal services. The most valuable asset of any early-stage company is often its intellectual property. Leveraging these assets by developing a sophisticated IP strategy, including protection in the form of patents, trademarks, and copyrights, can make or break a company’s ability to secure vital investment. Similarly, as an enterprise grows its need to generate revenue can be furthered along via licensing and other commercial agreements. Regardless of the nature or complexity of your technology, we’ll quickly grasp nuances of your business and capture the IP protection you deserve.
For more information, visit: www.dilworthip.com
Fiondella, Milone & LaSaracina LLP
FML
For more information, visit: www.fmlcpas.com
The Hartford Technology and Life Sciences Practice
The Hartford Technology and Life Sciences Practice
For more information, visit: www.thehartford.com
Innovation Destination: Hartford
Innovation Destination: Hartford
For more information, go to www.innovationhartford.com
Marcum LLP
Marcum LLP
For more information, visit: www.marcumllp.com
Murtha Cullina LLP
Murtha Cullina LLP
For more information, visit: www.murthalaw.com
The Nessa Group
The Nessa Group provides innovative resources to enable clients to realize their potential and achieve their goals through our consistent and proven experience as advisors in lower and middle markets. We are functionally innovative and diverse senior level advisors with a sustained history of success in helping corporations realize actionable solutions to their business problems and challenges.
For more information, visit: www.thenessagroup.com
STV/DPM
STV/DPM is a leading engineering, architectural, planning, environmental and construction management firm using proprietary software to conduct building conditions assessment surveys. Its assessment reports contain prioritized recommendations for improvements with budget forecasts for proposed projects. STV offers full design services for exterior and interior modernizations and rehabilitations; historic restoration and preservation; legalization of public assembly spaces; building systems improvements; fire alarm upgrades; and flood elimination. STV is also well versed in obtaining approvals for regulatory requirements.
For more information, visit: www.stvinc.com
TriNet HR Corporation
TriNet
For more information, visit: www.trinet.com
UConn Connecticut Ctr. for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI)
The mission of the CCEI is to help people start and grow scalable business ventures. We do so by mentoring, providing support, and connections to help them navigate the processes of developing and refining a business idea, the ideation, creating and testing a proof-of-concept, and successfully entering the market and generating revenue. We focus our resources on ventures that have the greatest potential to create meaningful impact and enhance UConn’s entrepreneurial awareness and capability to tackle fundamental problems.
For more information, visit: ccei.business.uconn.edu
United Illuminating
United Illuminating
For more information, visit: www.uil.com
Webster Bank
Webster Bank offers tailored resources to meet entrepreneurial objectives in specialized industries, from the initial start-up money and bank accounts to insurance services and employee benefits. So whether you’re dreaming up business ideas or buying the first copy machine, Webster can work with you to bring your business to life, build it from the ground up, and keep it growing strong. From no-frills to full-service, Webster has designed a variety of checking and savings accounts for young and growing businesses.
For more information, visit: www.webster.bank.com
Yale Entrepreneurial Program (YEI)
YEI
For more information, visit: yei.yale.edu

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