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  • 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, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, is a network of passionate people who offer services to busy entrepreneurs. Launched in 2012, they now have more than 2,500 members.

The organization creates a support system to help entrepreneurs with funding, mentoring, coworking spaces, and other assistance. Its resources include a simple four-question “Resource Wizard,” a Growth Company Grants program for early stage development, a mentor network, and a Technology Talent Bridge program to hire student interns.

Who’s it for?

Connecticut entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting their businesses.


CTNext, a quasi-public subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations (CI), aims to foster innovation and entrepreneurship by building a more robust and collaborative entrepreneurial environment within Connecticut. CTNext is composed of a full array of strategic economic development programs in an effort to stimulate and sustain a community infrastructure for Connecticut’s entrepreneurs to succeed and grow their businesses.

Resources & Services


  • Resource Wizard – Gives small businesses tips to follow based on different phases, including forming an idea, validation, and scaling
  • Recruitment Guide – Save your time and resources by providing contact information at local college and university career services offices
  • Partners – A partner list for providing services and assistance that can help your business grow
  • COVID-19 webinar content – A series of webinars help Connecticut startups and early-stage companies manage their businesses during the COVID-19 crisis


  • Crowfund – Up-to-date crowdfunding programs in Connecticut
  • Growth Company Grants – Grants focusing on business sectors and companies which have innovative ideas and have been identified as having the highest growth potential
  • Entrepreneur Innovation Awards – Grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that help to advance businesses
  • Small Business Innovation Research – For startups in need of funding for technological research
  • Technology Talent Bridge Internship Program – A grant opportunity for Connecticut small businesses to provide funding for the hire of student interns
  • Angel Tax Credit – Provides companies with another way to get funds from angels and allows angels an opportunity to receive a tax credit by investing in a qualified Connecticut business



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