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Connecticut Blue Tech

These organizations support the unique needs of businesses built around the Thames River and Long Island Sound.

  • CTNext is Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem, like an incubator helping entrepreneurs validate their ideas
  • For entrepreneurs, CTNext has unique mentor programs, seminars and onsite workspaces
  • CTNext is a support system that steps in with customized help right when entrepreneurs need it most
  • CTNext is Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem, like an incubator helping entrepreneurs validate their ideas
  • For entrepreneurs, CTNext has unique mentor programs, seminars and onsite workspaces
  • CTNext is a support system that steps in with customized help right when entrepreneurs need it most
  • A nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development, and communications initiatives
  • The voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast
  • Convenes clean energy stakeholders dedicated to growing the state and the region’s clean energy economy
  • The nation’s oldest regional business organization
  • Numerous working groups and committees to develop policy recommendations in a variety of areas
  • Pursues special initiatives and holds regular networking events
  • A regional collaborative effort to coordinate the growth of defense-related industries
  • Seeks to bolster small and midsize businesses’ cybersecurity and to create a trusted network of small defense suppliers
  • The collaboration is still in development, but currently hosts webinars on cybersecurity
  • Regional service of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office charged with protecting ocean resources and habitats
  • Works to create sustainable fisheries, protect marine life, provide scientific services, and influence well-informed management decisions
  • Open funding opportunities, bulletins, and a variety of resources for those involved in fishing or conservation matters
  • Quasi-public agency that owns, improves, and promotes Bradley International Airport and five state-owned airports in Connecticut
  • Works to support Connecticut’s economic growth by improving the aviation transportation resources it can offer for passenger and commercial flights
  • Offers services to local businesses as well as procurement opportunities
  • A coalition of volunteer partners to promote conservation in the Thames River watershed
  • Open to anyone with an interest in supporting environmental efforts in eastern Connecticut
  • Conservation projects, floating workshops, and educational resources
  • A quasi-public agency to market and coordinate the development of Connecticut’s ports, harbors, and maritime economy
  • Aims to grow Connecticut’s economy through strategic investments
  • Focus on infrastructure improvements and attracting investors
  • A public research university fulfilling the University of Connecticut’s responsibilities as a sea grant institution
  • In addition to educational programming, UConn Avery Point supports research and community outreach activities
  • A hub for maritime research organizations in the region
  • A 19-acre museum founded in 1929 to preserve artifacts from America’s maritime past
  • Offers a wealth of maritime resources, including educational opportunities
  • Mystic Seaport Museum accepts corporate sponsorships and partners
  • Part of a national network advocating for healthy coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Uses research, outreach, and education to accomplish its goals
  • Partners with businesses and others on educational training, conservation, aquaculture, and more
  • One of southeastern Connecticut’s premiere tourist destinations
  • Mystic Aquarium also supports scientific research and conservation efforts
  • A variety of educational programs are offered
  • A coalition of partners from across different industries and the New England region advocating for offshore wind development
  • Members look to foster regional collaboration and build public support for the technology
  • Goals of improving the region’s economy and reducing its energy emissions
  • A collaboration of three towns to shuttle visitors between national and historic sites along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut
  • Water taxis ferry visitors on the river, and numerous tours and events are offered during the season
  • Participating businesses can offer discounts and promotions to visitors in the Ride & Save program
  • An alliance of public, private, and nonprofit centers in New London and Groton in southeastern Connecticut
  • Partners collaborate on a shared vision of the future of the Thames River region
  • Efforts range from improving infrastructure to a Community Concierge program
  • The Naval & Maritime Consortium (NMC) seeks to leverage a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a diverse maritime economy in southeastern Connecticut
  • Maximizing opportunities brought about by bolstered submarine production and the emerging offshore wind energy supply chain
  • Promotes maritime innovation and new technologies
  • Oversees the regulation, development, and coordination of aquatic plant and animal farms in Long Island Sound
  • Manages a program ensuring the sanitation of shellfish harvested in these waters
  • Resources and documents for anyone starting an aquaculture business
  • A partnership with UConn, URI, and Electric Boat to improve submarine and undersea vehicle development in southeastern Connecticut
  • Numerous workforce development opportunities for both students and professionals
  • A way to leverage research facilities and improve technology transition
  • Provides co-working and office space for the biological business community
  • Offers commercial-grade labs with affordable leases
  • Led by a team of expert scientists and entrepreneurial professionals
  • Supports the arts, cultural, and creative businesses of Southeastern Connecticut
  • Provides core services to connect, strengthen, and advocate for the creative community
  • Serves as a regional “field office” for the Connecticut Office of the Arts/Department of Economic & Community Development
  • NCDC has been in the economic development business in Norwich since 1963
  • The organization shows what Norwich has to offer and encourages small businesses to establish themselves in the city
  • The Doing Business in Norwich section has a wealth of resources, like hiring, markets, classes, and more
  • EAMA is a non-profit organization that strengthens eastern Connecticut, southern and central Massachusetts, and Rhode Island’s advanced manufacturing industry
  • For manufacturers based in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island
  • Provides member benefits and resources
  • CT PTAC solves the puzzle of government contracting
  • For Connecticut startups interested in selling their goods or services to federal, state, or local government
  • As the bridge between buyers and suppliers, proving subject matter expertise in government sector contracting and assisting clients to maximize their services and product sales opportunity.
  • Works to increase awareness of manufacturing industry in Connecticut and improve conditions for these businesses in the state
  • Activities include networking events, policy advocacy, cross-sector collaboration
  • Open to both manufacturers and non-manufacturers
  • CCAT is a non-profit organization which develops, validates and adopts advanced technologies into the manufacturing supply chain
  • For small and medium-sized businesses in the manufacturing industry
  • Helps manufacturers apply innovative tools and practices to increase efficiencies, improve workforce development, and boost competitiveness
  • seCTer is a non-profit, private organization in southeastern Connecticut that helps small businesses with loans, assistance programs, and economic development support
  • The authorized Economic Development Organization for southeastern Connecticut
  • Small business loans, assistance becoming a government contractor, Small Business Development Center, municipal support