March 24, 2016

Growing Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem

On Tuesday, the Finance, Revenue & Bonding Committee held a public hearing on SB 1, An Act Concerning Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Connecticut’s Economic Future which aims to create a robust, supportive ecosystem for innovators and entrepreneurs in Connecticut.  The bill strives to do so, in part, by supporting innovation and entrepreneurship among students and faculty at our colleges and universities and by promoting greater collaboration of anchor institutions, including higher education, within our regions.  In particular, the bill seeks to:
  • Create innovation districts to encourage collaboration among institutions of higher education, medical institutions and hospitals, existing companies, start-up businesses, researchers and investors;
  • Develop a plan to facilitate stronger relationships between Connecticut businesses and institutions of higher education in order to support entrepreneurial research and entrepreneurial talent development;
  • Establish an investment fund that supports student-owned, start-up businesses; and
  • Establish an intercollegiate, state-wide technology transfer office to support the commercialization of ideas from students and faculty at institutions of higher education around the state.
These provisions, if adopted, will help to leverage the great work that is already occurring across CCIC’s Member Institutions to promote innovation and entrepreneurship.  As the testimony submitted by our member institutions in support of SB 1 illustrates, many of CCIC’s member institutions are hosts to incubators or entrepreneurial centers and nearly all offer courses and programming to promote and support entrepreneurship.

While the independent colleges are doing a lot to support economic growth in this state, we would welcome the opportunity for more collaboration and stronger partnerships to be formed within our regions and across the state.  We applaud Sen. Fonfara, chairman of the Finance Committee, and Sen. Looney for their efforts on this bill that will help to grow and sustain Connecticut’s innovation economy.

Matter of Fact

The economic activity of CCIC Member Institutions 
supported the employment of over 157,000 in Connecticut in 2012.

Source: Connecticut Independent College and University Institute for
Research & Public Service 2015 Economic Impact Report

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