Year One Q3
ADMINISTRATION, MARKETING & EVENTS
This website was launched along with ECICNewHaven profiles on Facebook and Twitter. ECIC sponsored Startup Grind with Rob Bettigole, and four #StartupReady #NHV sessions (three as planned plus a bonus session based on popular demand).
On Tuesday, March 6 ECIC invited the public to learn what it's been up to so far in Year One. Presenters from participating organizations gave quick-and-lively slide presentations designed to highlight New Haven's strengths as a place where innovative companies choose to start, grow and stay. The event took place place at BAR 254 Crown Street and was free and open-to-the-public. Pizza samples were provided and 150 people attended. Demos included:
JR Logan, MakeHaven
Major expansion of its facilities – including a 3D print shop, vinyl cutting, casting/moldmaking, metalworking, electronics and more - will enable members to do more rapid prototyping while exposure to the medical device industry helps makers try out manufacturing.
Caroline Smith, Collaboratory
With a Winter Incubator underway and one queued up for Spring, Collab discussed how they planted seeds of entrepreneurship and helped ideas crystallize into job-creating ventures at community scale.
Curtis Hill, Concepts for Adaptive Learning
70 parents of school-age children were taught basic computer skills and received computers from Electric Boat, creating the infrastructure for success in more New Haven homes.
Clio Nikolakis, Science Park Development Corporation
The Property Manager in-residence at S*park Incubator walked us through how the biotech, tech, social service companies at Science Park have been growing, sharing facilities and building community.
Sri Muthu, Health Haven Hub
Fleshing out coverage in Yale Daily News and Hartford Courant, Sri introduced New Haven to his tenants so far for a bio-focused incubator space at 195 Church St on the New Haven Green
Mayor Toni Harp remarked on the program's significance positioning New Haven as a growing, connected and livable city that provides just what innovators need to thrive.
Mike Harris, Assistant to the Mayor and ECIC Implementation Team Chair and Andy Greenawalt of Gnostic Ventures fielded questions and addressed a range of topics people are curious about regarding building companies in New Haven, including an overview of factors that influence the local funding and investment climate.
Ives Squared made major construction progress on its new Innovation Commons. Its TinkerLab equipment got installed, with events starting up. Applications for Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Creative-In-Residence are under review.
Town Green Special Services District installed Big Belly solar powered auto-compacting trash cans around the 9th Square. Bids solicited for outdoor wifi.
The Grove installed fiber optic cable which resulted in vastly improved internet speed and stability. Five private offices got furnished and new presentation equipment installed in meeting rooms. Hosted Startup Grind and Collaboratory events, plus meetups with NewHaven.io, Framework, New Haven Show and Tell and a new DAPPS Development Group. One new and particularly well-attended event was Workbench with David Menard from Murtha Cullina on “What a CEO needs to know about legal issues in a startup.” Tenant BetterHalf expanded its team to include another three developers.
Mobile CSP prepared marketing and curricular materials for two sessions in April 2018 aimed at middle schoolers interested in app development on SCSU campus. (These later filled to double the anticipated capacity with a waitlist of 8 to seed the next sessions.)
Gateway Community College provided full-tuition scholarships to eight students to attend non-credit IT certificate courses with a 100% completion rate. 5 additional students were selected for classes now in-progress. A new credential for Business Analyst was developed with input from an industry-led Business Advisory Council.
The State House applied for its zoning permits, got plumbing, framing and HVAC completed on its construction timetable and began booking events in anticipation on a June grand opening.
The District interviewed educational partners to operate its tech training program and grew its roster of coworking and office tenants.
Southern Connecticut State University’s Center for STEM Innovation and Leadership launched a Small Instrumentation Fund. Two pieces of equipment were slated for purchase: a real-time PCR thermocycler and an automated chromatography apparatus. Training on these will help undergrads prepare for industry-relevant STEM jobs upon graduation.
Interesting forms of engagement are emerging with and among ECIC organizations. For instance, Collaboratory is preparing to nest its programming at Ives Squared. Ives Squared turned to Concepts for Adaptive Learning to understand more about digital equity issues and patterns of broadband coverage in New Haven. Teams of Sikorsky employees ran a drone contest at MakeHaven. UNH held a digital fabrication course at Make Haven and bought memberships for the whole class. Origami Innovations, one of the key tenants in the Health Haven Hub project, has been in dialogue about giving local makers more direct exposure to the medical device industry.
We look forward to seeing these collaborations continue and deepen!