Historically known for its collegiate atmosphere, New Haven has more than half a dozen colleges and universities in the area - Albertus Magnus College, Gateway Community College, Quinnipiac University, Southern Connecticut State University, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, and of course, Yale University.
Today, these powerhouse institutions are helping to make New Haven known for cultivating entrepreneurship and innovation in STEM by creating new programs and collaborating with community organizations and businesses.
Here are just a few of the programs supported by the ECIC that showcase this collaborative spirit, equipping students and lifelong learners to be startup founders and workforce-ready team members:
Health Haven Hub
Bringing together medical device and digital health startups created by student teams from around the area, this new technological hub allows student entrepreneurs focused on healthcare innovation to easily access support from Bridge Innovations Accelerator, HealthVenture Labs, and Origami Innovations. It is a place to share knowledge, where student startups, from early seed to commercialization stages, can also access Yale resources and exchange industry ideas. This Hub will also open its doors to the community with healthtech-related events and workshops. With several student teams already lined up for their programs, Health Haven Hub is slated to open in June 2018 near the New Haven Green at 195 Church St.
Bioscience Careers Forum
In the sciences, a rigorous education is a vital sign. But, great careers are also made on grit and connections. The Bioscience Careers Forum at SCSU, jointly hosted by BioPath and The Jackson Lab (JAX), provides an opportunity for invaluable networking. The Forum features discussions on training needed for a bioscience career and skills employers are seeking. The latest Forum on April 27, 2018 featured JAX President and CEO, Ed Liu, M.D. as the keynote speaker, and panel discussions with representatives from Trevi Therapeutics, BioCT, and Alexion, which were attended by faculty and college students from SCSU and other institutions, industry professionals and leaders, community leaders, and New Haven education leaders and New Haven Public School high school students. Over 20 companies from the area participated in the networking session in SCSU’s new Science Building. The Forum is expected to be offered annually.
Small Instrumentation Fund
The program’s motto is, “Give us an instrument and we will produce students who know how to use it.” The Small Instrumentation Fund supports the acquisition of scientific instruments and equipment used for teaching and research at educational institutions in New Haven, such as the Bioscience Academic and Career Pathway (BioPath) Program at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). This type of hands-on, practical learning gives students the incentive to stay in the area after graduation and find jobs at local companies looking for people with this type of specific experience. The first two purchases made with this funding brought a real-time PCR thermocycler and an automated chromatography apparatus to SCSU. Both are essential instruments that are widely encountered at biotech and pharma companies.
UNH’s Digital Fabrication + MakeHaven
Digital Fabrication is a new course offered by University of New Haven’s (UNH) Department of Art and Design in partnership with MakeHaven - a gathering place workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers. By joining forces, they have each broadened their network and pool of resources to support aspiring innovators. The course is part of UNH’s new BFA in Digital Art and Design and includes students from Art, Graphic Design, Engineering and Molecular Biology. Taught by Joseph Smolinski, the course utilizes both the UNH makerspace and MakeHaven to teach various digital design techniques and connects students to a network that engages them even after graduation.
Tsai CITY + StartupGrind New Haven
Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale, TSAI CITY, is on a mission to create an inclusive, interdisciplinary learning environment for resilient risk-takers to learn new skills. To achieve this mission, they are co-sponsoring with ECIC events with StartupGrind New Haven that mixes ambitious people and ideas. The New Haven Chapter of Startup Grind is dedicated to building a community where local founders, business people, and students can support and teach one another. The events typically showcase compelling speakers who tell the personal and professional story of how they got to where they are today. Recent events featured Steve Kokinos, co-founder of Fuze, a communication platform that raised more than $30mm in funding and Susan Froshauer, the former CEO of CURE and co-founder Rib-X Pharmaceuticals.
FREE Tech Certificate Courses
Offered through the GREAT Center at Gateway Community College, New Haven residents can receive exceptional free training from local industry experts in fields like Web Development, Web Design, and now, Business Analysis. The ‘TechHire’ initiative was created and adopted by the White House in recognition of substantial growth in the technical economic sector and the surprising number of current job openings. The certificate program allows qualified students to obtain these skills at NO COST to participants who meet the qualifications.
Through collegial collaboration between colleges, universities, non-profit organizations and businesses, entrepreneurship and innovation are becoming a stronger force in our community than ever before. For more information about any of these programs, follow the links or reach out to the ECIC here.
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