Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program

Where imagination and inspiration meet entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Executive Director, Brian A. Marks, J.D., Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and Practitioner-in-Residence, Department of Economics & Business Analytics, Pompea College of Business

Dean, Brian Kench, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, Pompea College of Business and Professor, Department of Economics, Pompea College of Business

Dean, Ronald S. Harichandran, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and Professor, Civil Engineering, Tagliatela College of Engineering.

Department Chair, Vasiliki Kosmidou, Ph.D., University of Louisville, Assistant Professor of Management, Pompea College of Business.

Harness your creativity and passion for innovation!

Learn to identify, create, and develop an entrepreneurial mindset.  Participate in challenges, competitions, classes, events, and other activities through the newly created Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, a university-wide collaborative program for undergraduate and graduate students.


University Hosted:

  • Charger Startup Weekend
  • Charger Business Plan Competition
  • Living and Learning Community
  • Entrepreneurial Visits
  • Speakers
  • Internships

In addition to existing courses offered by the colleges of the university, courses that have been featured as part of this program include:

  • Business Plan Bootcamp
  • Business Principles and Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Scientists
  • Venture Capital Economics & Business Governance

Participation in Entrepreneurial Events and Programs sponsored by Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN)

Learn More About Our Colleges
Pompea College of Business

The business program is AACSB accredited, the highest level of accreditation that a business school may receive internationally. 

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Tagliatela College of Engineering 

In the latest ranking compiled by U.S. News & World Report, the Tagliatela College of Engineering is No. 55 out of nearly 200 schools in its category.

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Pitch Perfect

On the Spot

On the Spot is the place for students to pitch their new business idea, get feedback and feel what its like to be "on the spot". At On the Spot, we invite students from all over Connecticut to stand "on the spot" and pitch their business ideas to a panel of expert judges. After each pitch, our judges will decide if their pitch has what it takes to make it through to the next round. If so, we help students refine their pitches before returning to the spot to pitch again for a chance to compete in our Pitch Off at the end of the season, battling it out for an all expense paid trip to a nationally recognized Entrepreneurship Conference. On the Spot is filmed at the University of New Haven's state-of-the art television studio in conjunction with the University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program.

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