Startup Central: Inside UConn’s Technology Incubation Program

The QRFertile lab at the Technology Incubator Program (TIP) space at the Cell and Genome Sciences Building in Farmington on June 14, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)
The QRFertile lab at the Technology Incubator Program (TIP) space at the Cell and Genome Sciences Building in Farmington on June 14, 2019. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

From the outside, the Cell and Genome Sciences Building on UConn Health’s Farmington, Connecticut campus doesn’t look all that remarkable. On the inside, the building located at 400 Farmington Avenue is bustling with entrepreneurial activity and scientific discovery.

That’s because the building is home to UConn’s Technology Incubation Program, and 40 high potential startups working primarily in biotech fields.

“TIP is an established program in Connecticut that is known to improve the likelihood of startup success,” says Mostafa Analoui, executive director of venture development and TIP at UConn.

A program within UConn’s Office of the Vice President for Research, TIP supports UConn startups as well as innovative external technology ventures. All TIP startups are able to conduct R&D activities at UConn and benefit from having access to the university’s research infrastructure, specialized equipment, customized business support services, and a pool of talented graduates.

“UConn’s incubator facilities are a critical part of the innovation ecosystem, both for the university community and the entire state,” says Radenka Maric, vice president for research at UConn and UConn Health. “We are committed to supporting high-potential startups that want to grow in Connecticut.”

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