Startup Incubator Stamford Innovation Center Now Open for Business

One of four hubs announced by Governor Malloy as part of the new statewide Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem.

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With our focus on stimulating new business activity in Fairfield County, we hope to accelerate the development of new companies, products and technologies throughout the region

Stamford, CT (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

The Stamford Innovation Center is now open for business as an incubator for startup companies and technology firms, offering co-working, education and mentoring. One of the four key hubs of the statewide Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem recently announced by Governor Danel P. Malloy, the facility is headquartered in the majestic Old Town Hall at 175 Atlantic Street in Stamford, CT.

“We are honored to be chosen as one of the four locations that will serve as a nexus to provide education, mentoring, financial, technical and professional support to entrepreneurs as well as collaborative workspace and events geared toward startup companies,” said Barry Schwimmer, Founder and Managing Partner of the Stamford Innovation Center. “With our focus on stimulating new business activity in Fairfield County, we hope to accelerate the development of new companies, products and technologies throughout the region. Our expectation is that these new companies will create jobs while helping to make Fairfield County a magnet for capital, economic development and innovation.”

The 105-year-old Beaux Arts-style facility currently has seating for up to 80 full-time co-workers who pay a base fee of only $300 each per month. As a special offer, all new co-working companies receive free use of an Innovation Center conference room for one afternoon. To reserve co-working space, please contact Pattie Simon at pattie_simon(at)yahoo(dot)com.

“We’ve looked around at great facilities around the country and the state,” said Mr. Schwimmer. “Our unique building posed some challenges, but it has allowed us to provide a world-class co-working experience for entrepreneurs. We’ve been running events and programming at the center for months now, and the community’s interest in working with us and in our facility is extremely rewarding.”

The Center also has a close relationship with a new startup accelerator called Lean Launch Ventures, founded by Andy Moss and Bill Gordon. Lean Launch Ventures is developing a range of programs to help early stage startup companies focus their efforts around the Lean LaunchPad methodology developed by Steve Blank and Bob Dorf. By providing mentorship and guidance, Lean Launch Ventures helps entrepreneurs improve their odds of success in terms of customer adoption and investment.

In the 12 months that the Center has been open informally, nearly 2,000 people have already attended events, workshops or classes at the facility.

As one of the four state hubs, the Stamford Innovation Center offers:

  •     16,000 square feet of co-working, meeting and event space
  •     Access to mentors, advisors and investors in an exciting and growing entrepreneurial community
  •     Startup-centric events and programming, including
  •     Startup Weekend Stamford, one of the annual events sponsored by Startup Connecticut
  •     Ongoing community education and awareness programs and events
  •     Lean Launch Ventures Accelerator
  •     Corporate-sponsored programs, including:
  •     Sikorsky Incubator
  •     Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge
  •     Pitney Bowes Challenge

“The team at the Center have a real feel for what their region needs,” said Danny Briere, Chief Executive Officer of Startup Connecticut, part of the Startup America Partnership. “They are a great partner to Startup Connecticut, and we look forward to many great events and classes at the Center.”

The Stamford Innovation Center is a short walk from the Stamford Transportation Center, providing easy access to New York (40 minutes via Metro North) and Boston (3 hours via Amtrak).

The Connecticut Innovation Ecosystem
Recent research has shown that most job growth comes from young companies that expand rapidly as the market adopts their technologies and products. A network of organizations that ties together the state’s exceptional resources, Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem is designed to help assist entrepreneurs and startups grow at a faster rate throughout their early stages. The program is composed of a network of Innovation Hubs centered in the state’s four most entrepreneurial areas -- Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, and Eastern Connecticut. Each hub helps entrepreneurs connect with the right services and programs to help them gain a competitive advantage and offers a variety of separate, but coordinated programs.

The Innovation Ecosystem is supported by a partnership between the state’s quasi-public investment arm, Connecticut Innovations (CI), and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

About Startup Connecticut
Startup Connecticut is the Connecticut franchise of the Startup America Partnership, a national private sector initiative to jumpstart the U.S. economy by accelerating the pace of startup creation in America. Led by Connecticut entrepreneurs, Startup Connecticut is a volunteer private effort to rally and celebrate Connecticut’s entrepreneurs with a range of statewide and national programs. Its goal is to launch many more startups in a much shorter timeframe and increase the quality and levels of support for the existing base of smaller firms. This will create jobs as well as a vibrant innovation ecosystem in Connecticut, which will accelerate economic recovery. Connecticut was the third state in the nation to adopt its own regional initiative. For more info, visit ct.s.co and follow @startupct, http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4020407 and fb.com/StartupCT.

About Lean Launch Ventures
Lean Launch Ventures was founded by Andy Moss and Bill Gordon. For entrepreneurs who need help refining their business model and product strategy, the Lean Launch Ventures (LLV) Accelerator offers seed funding for startups that successfully survive the rigors of its unique implementation of the Lean LaunchPad methodology.

About the Stamford Innovation Center
Situated in the majestic and newly restored Old Town Hall in downtown Stamford, the Stamford Innovation Center is the ideal co-working space for young enterprises to grow along with their peers. For information on how to join our community of entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts and mentors, please visit http://www.stamfordicenter.com.


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