Upcoming Documentary to Showcase Connecticut’s Past, Present, and Future of Innovation

‘Innovation in Connecticut’ is a production of UConn’s Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

CT Governor Ned Lamont sits in front of US and Connecticut flags, being filmed for the documentary.

Connecticut governor Ned Lamont sits for an interview for the documentary "Innovation in Connecticut." (Courtesy of Zeljko Mirkovic)

Nearly four hundred years ago, the Fundamental Orders of 1638/1639 were written on Connecticut soil, marking what historians argue was the world’s first formal constitution. Because of this, Connecticut earned its moniker of “the Constitution State.”  

Ever since, Connecticut has been a cradle of significant achievements and inventions in American history, from the skies to the seas. These developments are chronicled in “Innovation in Connecticut,” a new feature documentary from UConn’s Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

UConn president Radenka Maric initiated the project, led by Werth Institute director David Noble, and directed by Werth associate research professor Zeljko Mirkovic. 

In the 53-minute documentary, Mirkovic says, more than 30 individuals “who are doing phenomenal jobs at the University and beyond” share their stories.  

Interviewees include Maric; Noble; UConn provost Anne D’Alleva; vice president for research, innovation, and entrepreneurship Pamir Alpay; associate professor of history and Connecticut state historian Andy Horowitz; former US senator Chris Dodd; Governor Ned Lamont; and many more.  

The founders of Connecticut-based companies like The Junkluggers and Skyre join state history professionals from the New England Air Museum, the New Haven Museum, and the Mark Twain House & Museum, and more. Prominent UConn alumni are profiled, including CEO of Biohaven Pharmaceuticals Vlad Coric; entrepreneur and philanthropist Trisha Bailey; co-managing partner of Cantor Colburn LLP Michael Cantor; and lawyer, philanthropist, and former UConn Board of Trustees chairman Coleman Levy.

“It’s a story told through the people, it’s a story told through the archives — this is a proof story,” Mirkovic says. “It proves how UConn and Connecticut are bringing new value in innovation, every day.” 

“Innovation in Connecticut” will premiere Sept. 25, 2024, on Connecticut public television and will be available to stream online. Watch the teaser below: