Connecticut Innovations and UConn Team Up to Provide Students with Real-World Experience and Portfolio Companies with Marketing Assistance

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Student-run agency provides digital media, marketing and communications services to Connecticut Innovations portfolio companies

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The partnership with Connecticut Innovations has been a win-win for all parties.

Connecticut Innovations (CI) in partnership with the University of Connecticut (UConn) today announced the success of its digital media and design pilot program led by ATION Digital Media Agency. ATION is a student-run agency that provides digital media, marketing and communications services to clients, including those in CI’s portfolio.

Through the partnership, ATION has worked with 11 CI portfolio companies, including Device42, eBrevia, Isoplexis, Diameter Health and SeeClickFix, to name a few. Projects have included animated motion graphics, live filming and producing of promotional and tutorial videos, user experience research, social media analysis and planning, and brand identity and development. Each project was managed by a team of five to six students and supervised by faculty in UConn’s Digital Media and Design Department.

“The partnership with Connecticut Innovations has been a win-win for all parties,” said Tim Hunter, professor and head of the Digital Media and Design Department. “Our Digital Media and Design students are getting hands-on experience creating digital strategies and assets for real Connecticut companies, and the CI portfolio companies receive digital assets that save them significant marketing dollars. Working with Connecticut Innovations’ portfolio companies fits the unique experiential learning we want to be able to provide to our students in Digital Media and Design at both our Storrs and Stamford campuses.”

CI and UConn teamed up four years ago to provide students with real hands-on marketing and digital experience that can be used as portfolio pieces when interviewing. Students in UConn’s Digital Media and Design Department are eligible to work with ATION. The agency is overseen by Phil Dwire and Steve Harper at the Stamford campus, and William Congdon, Timothy Miller and Samantha Olschan at the Storrs campus.

“At the early stages of development, companies need marketing and communications assistance to succeed,” said Matt McCooe, CEO of Connecticut Innovations. “This partnership combines the strengths of UConn and its Digital Media and Design program with our portfolio, and provides companies with marketing assets they can use to grow.”

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About the University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut is one of the top 25 public research universities in the nation and is a research leader in the fields of advanced materials, additive manufacturing, biomedical devices, cybersecurity, energy, life sciences, sensors and nanotechnology. As Connecticut’s flagship institution of higher education, UConn serves as an important resource for Connecticut economic development and is dedicated to building collaborations with industry and entrepreneurs. To learn more, visit

About Connecticut Innovations
Connecticut Innovations (CI) is the leading source of financing and ongoing support for Connecticut's innovative, growing companies. To maximize each business’s growth potential, CI tailors its solutions and often combines its funds with resources from other financial leaders to provide venture capital and strategic support for early-stage technology companies, grants that support innovation and collaboration, and connections to its well-established network of partners and professionals. For more information, please visit

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