Please send suggestion for future speakers to:
--2022 presentations will be virtual, this year.
1/20/22, 5pm, Kevin Carroll, Building A Table-Top Game Business: design, manufacture and Sales
2/22/22, 5pm, David Bomzer, - Partner, Cantor Colburn LLP
--2021 presentations will be virtual, this year.
1/20/21, 6pm, Note this is a Wednesday!, - Becca Brown, Solemates
2/23/21, 6pm - Linda Lerner, - Halloran Farkas Kittila LLP, partner and the head of New York office
3/30/21 -6pm - Warren Tuttle
4/27/21 - 6pm - Jerry Hollister - SBIR preparations
5/25/21 - 6pm - Cliff Ennico
6/29/21 - 6pm - Kim Lisa Taylor, Esq., Syndication Attorneys, PLLC
7/27/21 - 6pm - Bryan W. Mattimore, Chief Idea Guy of the Growth Engine Company
8/31/21 - 6pm - Ted Olds and John Siragusa of law firm Carlson, Gaskey & Olds will present: The Case of the Rubber Band Bracelets and the Knockoffs
9/28/21 - 5pm - Mary Howard, ABCT,
11/30/21 - 6pm - Mike Roer MCs Product Presentation and Innovation Awards, there is a cash prize as well as in-kind prizes. All finalist will get a 1-year IACT membership for free. The prize pool presently stands at $10k. Students are welcome to present and compete.
Entrepreneurship Foundation and IACT Present the
CT New Product Business Competition 2021
Online submissions due November 23
$10,000 in commercialization cash grants + supplemental in-kind services
Eligibility. Connecticut residents and students at Connecticut schools are eligible; products must be pre-revenue (not yet in marketplace, other than on a limited trial basis for market testing).
Training Session “Pitching Products to Investors and Judges” Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-7:30 pm. Via Zoom:
Apply by November 23 at
You will be asked for a brief description of your product or service, and how it's better, and/or cheaper to produce (and why), and/or how customer service is superior, and/or why the target market is underserved. CAUTION: Do not divulge proprietary information.
On Friday, November 26, finalists will receive an invite to the state finals.
Finals Tuesday, November 30 at monthly IACT (Inventors Association of CT) meeting from 6 pm to 8 pm,
in the Fairfield University Library, room 101. If protocols in November do not permit in-person events on campus, we will hold the finals presentations via Zoom.
At the finals each innovator will have the opportunity to give a 3-minute PowerPoint presentation and answer questions from the judges about the product and plan to commercialize.
A copy of this competition information is also available at
If you have any questions, email Mike Roer at Roer@EntrepreneurshipFoundation.org
Holiday Party? TBD - will see if COVID-19 permits it.
(put off till later) 7/27/21 - 6pm - Bill Erickson, "The DeFi Revolution - Reprogramming Money and Finance"
1/28/20 - Leon Pintsov, Chief Scientist Pitney Bowes (Retd), blockchain
2/18/20 - Dr. Mark Maybury, CTO, Stanley, Black and Decker, Industry 4.0: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
3/31/20 - Helena Escalante* (postponed)
4/28/20 - Bryan Mattimore (postponed)
6/30/20 - Steve Shwartz CEO device 42
7/1/20 - Sandra Long, author "LinkedIn for Personal Branding"*
7/28/20 - Todd Cherches CEO of
8/25/20 - Leon Pintsov, "Commercialization of Blockchain Technologies" Encore performance
9/29/20 - Eric Schultz, author "Innovation on Tap"
10/27/20 - Warren Tuttle (talk desc, below)
11/24/20 - Jeff Marinstein <
--- 2019 Presentations
1/29/19 - Dr. Steve Shwartz, 7pm, Executive Chairman, Device42, The Exit Story
2/19/19 - Cliff Enicco, 7pm, Equity Crowdfunding, the encore presentation.
3/26/19 - Dr. Jason Liu, 7:00 pm, Owner, General Network Service, Inc. Value Creation, Deployment, Commercialization and Preservation of Intellectual Capital in the context of globalized capital market technology and talent economy.
4/30/19 - Bill Ericson
5/28/19 - Andrew D. Bochner 7:00 pm, Wiggin and Dana
6/25/19 - Bob Oros 7:00pm, "Licensing to Companies, Do’s & Don’ts"
7/30/19 - Michael Weinstein, CEO - Jam Direct, 7:00 pm
8/20/19 - Anya Ranganathan, co-founder of Bad Apple Produce, Creating a Secondary Market for Fresh Produce: Challenges and Opportunities
9/24/19 - John Orban, Orban Designs, LLC
10/25/19 - Bob Langer, New Breakthroughs in Cancer treatment
11/26/19 - Mary Ellroy, licensing your game or toy
12/22/19 - Holiday Party (free for IACT MEMBERS) -
--- 2018 Presentations
1/30/18 - Pat Duncan, SCORE; 7:00 pm
2/20/18 - Bill Erickson, FinTech, ICO and Blockchain; 7:00 pm
3/27/18- Mike Blake, THE PROS AND CONS OF A PROVISIONAL PATENT APPLICATION; 7:00 pm
4/24/18- John Yankovich, 7:00 pm
5/29/18- Dr. Steve Shwartz, 7pm President of Device42
6/26/18- Guy Sullivan, 7pm, Merrill Lynch, founder of OgdenBurr, FundForensics, FinTech Entrepreneur
7/31/18-Evan Kipperman, 7:00 pm, Reg D Equity Crowdfunding, Wiggin and Dana, LLP
8/28/18-Linda Gebauer, University of Connecticut School of Law, Co-Director and Assistant Clinical Professor, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic
9/25/18- Dr. Jason Liu, 7:00 pm, Owner, General Network Service, Inc. Value Creation, Deployment, Commercialization and Preservation of Intellectual Capital in the context of globalized capital market technology and talent economy.
10/23/18-Dr. Dennis J. Jakiela, Ph.D.,Cantor Colburn LLP, former industrial R&D chemist, past Chairman of the New Haven Section of the American Chemical Society, and presently a patent agent
11/27/18- Mary Anne Rooke, President & Managing Director, Angel Investor Forum, Executive Director, CVG; 7:00pm
12/13/18- Holiday party
--- 2017 Presentations
1/31/17 - Mike Blake, 7:00 pm
2/28/17 - Paul Striebel, Program Manager, CCAT, 7:00 pm
3/28/17 - Nicholas Bereault, VP Production at
4/25/17 - Cliff Ennico, 7:00 pm
5/30/17 - Scott Nevins, 7:00 pm
6/27/17 - John Yankovich, 7:00 pm
7/25/17 - Michael Weinstein, CEO - Jam Direct, 7:00 pm
8/29/17 - Scott Vallely, CEO - Charter Oak Brewing Co.: Entrepreneuring The Charter Oak Brewing Company 7:00 pm
9/26/17 - Joe Demartino, angel panel - Is your startup investable? - What do early stage investors look for?, 7:00 pm
10/24/17 - Mickey Cooper , patent attny; 7:00 pm; "Entrepreneurs and Intellectual Property Protection: Practical Advice for Bootstrapping as Much as You Can"
11/28/17 - Madeline Hauptman of Power Angle; 7:00 pm
12/7/17 - CTC/CVG Holiday Party, Thursday, December 7, 2017, Kelley Center, 5pm-7:30pm, Free for IACT Members.
Claire Leonardi and Dr. Radenka Maric, Bruce Carlson
Francis J Stapleton DDS
Janis Collins, Stamford Refinery Entrepreneur in Residence, 7:00 pm panel
“How I Went from Idea to Sales in 6 Months.” Michael Alatortsev, Founder, Monitoreal, A hands-on technology executive and serial entrepreneur (Advection, iTrend). In his spare time he builds bit-coin mining devices out of milk crates and spare computer parts that also serve as home space heaters.
Contact: Jill Massari for Scheduling.
Dana Knowles inventor of the shower caddy
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