• May 2017 CT Entrepreneurs #CTEM7: Funding Your Business by Bootstrapping

    Every new company deals with the same startup challenge: "How am I going to fund my business?" Only a small percentage of new companies receive venture capital funding. So, what do most companies do? Come interact with our expert panel on May 31st to learn how they successfully grew their companies via bootstrapping and why you can, too! Cost: Free! Agenda 6:00 pm: Networking, food and drinks 6:30 - 7:30 Panel Discussion "Bootstrapping Your Business" • Scott Drozd, CEO of FCP Euro (https://www.fcpeuro.com/) • Tim Laubacher, Founder of Sound Web Solutions and LaunchEZ (http://www.launchez.com/) • Bob Ruffolo, Founder and CEO of the marketing agency IMPACT (https://www.impactbnd.com/) • Moderator: Rick Kollmeyer (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rickkollmeyer/), repeat bootstrapper 7:30 - 8:00 pm: Networking and Mentoring Thank you to our long time sponsor CT Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (http://ccei.uconn.edu/)! See you there! Rick Kollmeyer Founder, CT Entrepreneurs Meetup

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  • February 2017 CT Entrepreneurs Meeting at Innovate Hartford #CTEM6

    You've likely read about the exciting plans for a new shared office space and business and tech incubator in Hartford. Well, now is your chance to see it for yourself! From the Innovate Hartford web site (http://www.innovatehartford.com/): "Innovate Hartford is a 27,500-square-foot high-tech hub of innovation comprising office and shared space for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as a tech incubator for developers of next-generation robotics and wearable technology. The hub embraces the co-working movement as membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of members can work together in a communal setting and help shape a professional community that thrives on innovative synergy, and social networks between its members." This meeting will start right at 6:00 with announcements and then a presentation by Innovate Hartford. We will then break for networking, food and drinks while smaller group tours are conducted. We will also have a handful of expert mentors available this meeting. So, bring your questions and challenges and sit down with one of us for 15 minutes! Agenda 6:00 pm: Introductions and announcements 6:15 pm: Presentation by Innovate Hartford @Innovate_Hart (https://twitter.com/Innovate_Hart) 6:40 - 8:00 pm: • Group Tours of the Innovate Hartford facility • One-on-one mentoring available! • Networking, food, beverages Thank you to this meeting's sponsor, Innovate Hartford (http://www.innovatehartford.com/), and our long time sponsor CT Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (http://ccei.uconn.edu/)! See you there! Rick Kollmeyer Founder, CT Entrepreneurs

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  • CTEM and Hartford Entrepreneur Holiday Hangout!

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    NOTE: PLEASE (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hartford-entrepreneur-hangout-holiday-party-edition-tickets-29469041697)SIGN UP ON THE Hartford Entrepreneur Hangout Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hartford-entrepreneur-hangout-holiday-party-edition-tickets-29469041697) page! Sign up on this page, NOT on the CTEM page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hartford-entrepreneur-hangout-holiday-party-edition-tickets-29469041697 We're been invited by our friends at the Hartford Entrepreneur Hangout and reSET for a little holiday get-together! To attend, please sign up on their meeting sign-up site! Not on this site! See you there! Rick Kollmeyer

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  • November 2016 CT Entrepreneurs Meetup #CTEM4

    Our next meeting will be amazing! We are looking forward to seeing everyone again on 11/14 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Please sign up for this event since you won’t be allowed access unless you are on the list! Also, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, if you could bring a few non-perishable food items that will be distributed to those in need by the Mansfield Food Pantry, it would be much appreciated! This food drive is being coordinated by the UConn School of Business. There will be a donation box at the front door. Cash donations are accepted as well! Speakers Based on our members' feedback, we have a excellent set of speakers speaking on often-requested topics: Mary Anne Rooke, Executive Director, Crossroads Venture Group (http://www.cvg.org/). @CVGTweets (https://twitter.com/CVGTweets) Crossroads Venture Group (CVG) is a voluntary professional association dedicated to supporting investment by providing a network and forum for those involved in creating high-growth enterprises. Mary Anne will discuss the various options for funding your startup and how to determine which one is right for you. Brian Campbell, President, Pexagon Technology, Inc (http://www.photoflashdrive.com). @Pexagon Brian has a highly successful CT-based business in the mass customization industry and will share his entrepreneurial story with us. Brian believes that “crisis is the father of innovation” and will share his journey through both challenging and successful times. Benjamin Wiles, Shareholder, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. (http://www.uks.com/) @BenWilesCT Careful consideration of corporate structuring and governance is critical when starting a new venture. Ben Wiles, a shareholder at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., will discuss the pros and cons of various types of corporate entities and highlight some legal “dos and don'ts” for high growth early stage ventures. Agenda • 6:00: Food, refreshments, networking • 6:20: Welcome and Announcements • 6:30 to 7:30: Presentations • 7:30 to 8:00: Networking Cost: Free! Location Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) 222 Pitkin Rd. East Hartford, CT 06108 Parking Parking is available on the sides and in the back of the building. PLEASE ENTER AND EXIT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR THE EVENT. Please...Do not leave through the other doors since they will be alarmed! THANK YOU to our generous sponsor! Connecticut Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (http://ccei.uconn.edu/)Knowledge. Resources. Support. We focus our resources on high-impact ventures that tackle fundamental human and environmental problems. We inspire and support a robust entrepreneurial culture across academic disciplines and throughout our state. We believe that practical experience in entrepreneurship prepares students and faculty to be more successful in their careers. See you there! - Rick Kollmeyer Also, join the conversation between meetings by joining our Slack channel! Request access here: http://goo.gl/forms/uo8f6wzAXA P.S. If you are interested in the CT startup ecosystem, then be sure to check out the events posted on the Connecticut Entrepreneurial Calendar (http://ctevents.co/)!

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  • September 2016 CT Entrepreneurs Meetup #CTEM3

    Join your entrepreneurial peers for an evening of networking and learning! We are eager to continue the enthusiasm and momentum of the first two meetings with another great lineup. I hope you are able to attend! Please sign up for this event since you won’t be allowed access unless you are on the list! Speakers We have a very exciting lineup for this meeting! Come learn from an amazing set of entrepreneurs and educators and bring your questions! Harrison Macris, CEO, Macris Industries (http://macrisindustries.com/). @MacrisInd "The Best and the Brightest Underwater and Waterproof LED lighting in the world! An enthusiastic entrepreneur, engineer and inventor, Harrison will share his three year journey of entrepreneurship as a startup through current day with a large project for the Miami Aquarium and an innovative product line sold through West Marine. Michelle Cote, Managing Director, CT Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (http://ccei.uconn.edu). @UConnCCEI Planning and proving the viability of your business idea is a critical first step. In this presentation, Michelle will provide an overview of the "Business Model Canvas", a powerful tool to help you think through the early stage startup process. Scott Drozd, CEO, FCP Euro (https://www.fcpeuro.com/), @scottdrozd Online retailer of genuine and OEM parts for European cars. Scott will describe their exciting journey from a family owned retail business, through today as a fast growing $25MM online retailer. Scott has an exciting story and is an inspiration for all of us. Agenda • 6:00: Food, refreshments, networking • 6:20: Welcome and Announcements • 6:30 to 7:30: Presentations • 7:30 to end: Networking Cost: Free! Location Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) 222 Pitkin Rd. East Hartford, CT 06108 Parking Parking is available on the sides and in the back of the building. PLEASE ENTER AND EXIT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR THE EVENT. Please...Do not leave through the other doors since they will be alarmed! THANK YOU to our generous sponsor! Connecticut Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (http://ccei.uconn.edu/)Knowledge. Resources. Support. We focus our resources on high-impact ventures that tackle fundamental human and environmental problems. We inspire and support a robust entrepreneurial culture across academic disciplines and throughout our state. We believe that practical experience in entrepreneurship prepares students and faculty to be more successful in their careers. See you there! - Rick Kollmeyer Also, join the conversation between meetings by joining our Slack channel! Request access here: http://goo.gl/forms/uo8f6wzAXA P.S. If you are interested in the CT startup ecosystem, then be sure to check out the events posted on the Connecticut Entrepreneurial Calendar (http://ctevents.co/)!

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  • June 2016 CT Entrepreneurs Meetup #CTEM2

    What a great evening we are going to have Wednesday, June 22nd from 6:00 to 8:00pm! Based on our survey, sales and marketing were the most requested topics so this will be a highlighted this evening. Plus, we will have a new startup from the UConn Summer Fellowship program presenting their concept for your advice and feedback. Please sign up for this event here on our Meetup page since you won’t be allowed access unless you are on the list! Speakers Bill Palifka, Vice President, Voice Glance (http://www.voiceglance.com). @bpalifka @VoiceGlance "Startup Sales 101". The internet and software is changing the traditional sales process at warp speed. In this new world, it’s tempting to think big-data technology is the only silver bullet you need, for sales and everything else. But I disagree. The element of human interaction is still incredibly important. Especially if you are a start up! Kim Estep, CEO, Burke Gibney, Convention Nation. @kimestep @burkegibney @ConventioNation "SEO and Content Marketing" A Selected Startup from UConn's Summer Fellowship. @UConnCCEI One of the ten amazing startups from UConn/CCEI's Summer Fellowship accelerator program will be selected to present their startup concept. Hear their story and help them with their successful launch! BONUS: After the presentations, the 10 UConn accelerator program teams will be there casually present their companies in a tradeshow-like format. This should be be a GREAT evening filled with content and networking! Please help spread the word! Agenda • 6:00: Food, refreshments, networking • 6:30: Welcome and Announcements • 6:40 to 7:30: Presentations • 7:30 to end: Networking, plus advise and/or learn from 10 UConn Startups Location Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) 222 Pitkin Rd. East Hartford, CT 06108 Parking Parking is available on the sides and in the back of the building. PLEASE ENTER AND EXIT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR THE EVENT. Please...Do not leave through the other doors since they will be alarmed! THANK YOU to our generous sponsor! Connecticut Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (http://ccei.uconn.edu/) Knowledge. Resources. Support. We focus our resources on high-impact ventures that tackle fundamental human and environmental problems. We inspire and support a robust entrepreneurial culture across academic disciplines and throughout our state. We believe that practical experience in entrepreneurship prepares students and faculty to be more successful in their careers. See you there! - Rick Kollmeyer Also, join the conversation between meetings by joining our Slack channel! Request access here: http://goo.gl/forms/uo8f6wzAXA P.S. If you are interested in the CT startup ecosystem, then be sure to check out the events posted on the Connecticut Entrepreneurial Calendar (http://ctevents.co/)!

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  • March 2016 CT Entrepreneurs Meetup #CTEM1

    Hello CT Entrepreneurs! Join us on Tuesday, March 29th from 6:00 to 8:00pm to network, learn and share the thrills and challenges of building successful, fund-able businesses . Please sign up for this event here on our Meetup page since you won’t be allowed access unless you are on the list! Speakers We have a great list of speakers for this meeting. Please help to publicize their companies through social media. Agenda • 6:00: Food, refreshments, networking • 6:30: Welcome and Announcements • 6:45 to 8:00: Presentations Bill Kenney, Founder, http://testmypitch.com @billkenney (http://www.twitter.com/billkenney) Pitch effectively and your audience is compelled to take action. Overcome your fear and communicate in a way that that will help you connect with any audience. Create impact, clarity, and confidence. Learn how to get it right every time! Mark Lassoff, Founder LearnToProgram Media (http://www.LearnToProgram.tv) @mlassoff (https://twitter.com/mlassoff) Own It all: 7 Secrets to Successful Bootstrapping Mario LeitePresident & Founder TEA•RRIFIC! ICE CREAM (http://tearrificicecream.com/), @Trrificicecream (https://twitter.com/Trrificicecream) Hear about Mario's entrepreneurial journey. "Our goal is to craft the finest all-natural tea-infused ice cream using only the best ingredients sourced locally and from around the globe and without any of the gums, stabilizers or preservatives that have no place in great ice cream…keeping it simple while delivering a distinctly delicious ice cream experience that is flavorful, clean off the palate and leaves you wanting more!" • Wrap-up Location Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CCEI) 222 Pitkin Rd. East Hartford, CT 06108 Parking Parking is available on the sides and in the back of the building. PLEASE ENTER AND EXIT THROUGH THE BACK DOOR WHICH WILL BE OPEN FOR THE EVENT. Please...Do not leave through the other doors since they will be alarmed! THANK YOU to our generous sponsor! Connecticut Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation. (http://ccei.uconn.edu/) Knowledge. Resources. Support. We focus our resources on high-impact ventures that tackle fundamental human and environmental problems. We inspire and support a robust entrepreneurial culture across academic disciplines and throughout our state. We believe that practical experience in entrepreneurship prepares students and faculty to be more successful in their careers. See you there! - Rick Kollmeyer P.S. If you are interested in the CT startup ecosystem, then be sure to check out the events posted on the Connecticut Entrepreneurial Calendar (http://ctevents.co/)!

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