UConn is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University—Extensive. As such, the Technology Incubation Program is able to offer technically-based start-up companies access to a unique range of unparalleled resources including:
- Incubator facilities featuring wet labs, offices and access to instrumentation
- Collaboration with scientific experts
- Technically trained student employees and graduates
- The university’s world-class library resources
- Customized business planning and mentoring
TIP Incubator Facilities and Services
The Technology Incubation Program offers incubator facilities at three locations across the state: Storrs, Farmington, and Avery Point. The TIP lease agreement includes a description of the property and rent to be paid, and services such as utilities, shipping and receiving, security, grounds-keeping, janitorial services, snow and ice removal, external maintenance, and repairs and maintenance of HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. Incubating companies are required to comply with all state and federal requirements relating to hazardous waste removal, environmental health and safety, radiation safety and animal health and welfare. The University provides monitoring and training in these areas. Click here for Incubator Policies.
Library and Computer Network
The University of Connecticut Libraries is the largest public research collection in the state. The collection includes books, print and electronic periodicals, microfilm, maps, sound and video recordings, musical scores, and an ever-growing array of electronic resources, including ebooks, streaming audio and video collections, as well as art and photographic image databases. Click here for Library Policies.
In addition to its state-of-the-art facilities, a key benefit of the Technology Incubation Program is its ability to connect incubator companies with University faculty and students. As part of its program, the Incubation Program advertises to suitable students and helps recruit them to work as part-time employees or interns. The TIP Sumer Immersion Fellowship Program is supported by the University in order to offer students and TIP companies the opportunity to work together on research and business matters that can provide experiential learning to students and graduate students.
Some university departments and faculty have large and expensive, specialized equipment. The Technology Incubation Program helps negotiate agreements between the relevant faculty and the company, given that time is available on the instrument and client employees have been properly trained. The University also allows TIP companies access to core research facilities under the same terms as faculty.
Customized Business Support Services
Through a network of service providers and advisors, and our Entrepreneurs in Residence, the Technology Incubation Program offers access to a variety of business consultants and expertise, including accountants and lawyers to help with issues important to start-up companies. TIP supports business plan development, organizes events to promote collaboration with UConn faculty and scientists, and provides access to experienced entrepreneurs, advisors, and mentors. Further, through UConn’s School of Business, TIP companies can access knowledgeable faculty and students who can provide advice to emerging companies.
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Educational Events and Programs
The Technology Incubation Program provides a range of educational opportunities aimed at helping entrepreneurs navigate the oceans of information available, so they can easily get to what is relevant for them while they are in their earliest stages of business and product development. These offerings include seminars held at the various campuses of the University of Connecticut, webinars and other entrepreneurship-stimulating events such as our TIP CEO Roundtable discussions, informational meetings with investors or established CEO’s, and business development, training and networking sessions. Preferred access to training and support through Accelerate UConn, our NSF I-Corps site, is also provided to help support customer discovery and is one of many University wide programs available to TIP firms.