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How To Get Funding In Connecticut

Get the funding your Connecticut business needs! From proven strategies like crowdfunding to state programs like the Small Business Express program. Find the financing resource that works for your business and speak to an Innovators Link mentor to get started.

Personal funds

Funding a business with your own money gives you the advantage of maintaining total control of the company, and can avoid regular debt expenses in the future. read more

Friends and family

Friends and family members can be a key source of financial support when getting your business started. read more


If you believe your business idea can appeal to a wider audience, crowdfunding can be a good way to acquire capital. read more

Banks and credit unions

Banks and credit unions have traditionally been a major source of funding for small businesses. read more


Community development financial institutions direct funding to economically distressed communities in an effort to support economic growth and opportunities. read more

SBA programs

The U.S. Small Business Administration oversees several financing options for small businesses, including loans, surety bonds, investment partnerships, and disaster relief programs. read more


Grants are awarded through a competitive process and offer a direct injection of funding into a company. read more

Alternative lenders

Alternative lenders have grown in popularity as entrepreneurs face greater challenges in accessing capital through traditional financial institutions. read more

Venture capital

Venture capitalists are investment banks, wealthy individuals, or others who put money into an early-stage company with the expectation that it will earn a high return on investment in the future. read more

Angel investors

Like venture capitalists, angel investors look to finance companies that have the potential for a high return on investment, and typically seek an equity share in the company and a role in business operations in exchange for the funding. read more

Valuable Resources for any Connecticut business owner! View the links below or sign-up to speak to an Innovators Link mentor.

Connecticut State Funding Programs

Connecticut Regional, State, & Local Organizations

Connecticut Banks

SBA Programs

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