CI’s Venture Team Holiday Wish List

In the past year, Connecticut Innovations’ Venture Team had record investment activity, strong returns from its investments, and many portfolio companies on the “nice” list! For the coming year, CI compiled a wish list of recommendations for its portfolio companies that want to stay on the “nice” list in 2018:

Expert Advice on Successful Pitching

Tech Industry Guru Tim Armstrong Shares His Wisdom at VentureClash 2017 One of the highlights of the VentureClash 2017 live pitch competition was a fireside chat with Oath CEO Tim Armstrong moderated by WNPR business reporter Harriet Jones. To a captivated audience of entrepreneurs, investors and industry veterans, Tim delivered down-to-earth guidance on how to craft winning pitches and what …

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project During the time that I have been with the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority (CBRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, I have coordinated more than $12 million in CBRA financing to support more than $200 million in redevelopment projects across the state – using a financing vehicle known as tax …

Playing Up Your Startup’s Culture to Attract and Retain Talent

Playing Up Your Startup’s Culture to Attract and Retain Talent If you’re anything like the entrepreneurs we talk to every day, one of your biggest challenges, after funding, is finding and retaining talent. After all, you’re competing for employees with bigger, more established firms. They have deeper pockets and dedicated recruiters. And they usually pay more, offer better benefits and …

Setting Goals for Your Startup.

Setting Goals for Your Startup. You know you should be setting goals for your company and the various departments within it. But you’ve tabled the task yet again in favor of dozens of competing priorities. Think about this, though: If everyone in your startup can’t name the company’s top three to five goals, how are they going to prioritize the …

Congratulations, You Sold Your Company. Do This Next.

Congratulations, You Sold Your Company. Do This Next. You did it! You sold your tech company. You now belong to a group of elite entrepreneurs who have captured the holy grail. Against formidable odds, you turned your idea into a viable startup, grew it into a major player disrupting your industry, and then exited (while amassing piles of cash). Before …

Everything Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Insurance

Everything Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Insurance If you’re creating a company from scratch, you’re probably spending most of your energy finding customers, building your team, refining your idea and pivoting accordingly. Probably the last thing on your mind is insurance. But covering your business risks is a smart move, says Augusto Russell, CIC.           Link …