Upcoming Events


Seminar: Supporting Collaborative Innovation In Ocean Technology

When: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019

Time: 4:30p – 7:00p

Cost: Free

Where: Mystic Seaport, 75 Greenmanville Rd., Mystic, CT

Register here.

Please join the U.S. Department of Commerce, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Connecticut District Export Council, Naval and Maritime Consortium, University of Rhode Island and University of Connecticut for a comprehensive overview of Canada’s ocean technology industry.   

Erin Donahue, Trade Commissioner for Defense and Ocean Technologies at the Canadian Consulate in Boston, will provide an overview of the Canadian ocean technology industry. Highlighting recent initiatives, such as the Ocean Supercluster, she will discuss how government and industry in Canada are collaborating to foster innovation in the ocean economy. She will also discuss synergies between Canada and New England’s ocean industries and highlight opportunities for cross-border collaboration.


The ABCs of SBIR/STTR Funding Webinar

When: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019

Time: 2:00p – 3:45p

Who: For small companies considering seeking government funding through SBIR/STTR to support research leading to commercialization.

Cost: Free

Register here.

CTNext is sponsoring a webinar to help early-stage startup companies learn the basics of applying for SBIR/STTR funding. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) are two highly competitive federal programs designed to support research that leads to the commercialization of research in several technological areas. While the rewards are significant, the process can be daunting. CTNext has a program specifically designed to help companies determine whether they may qualify for SBIR/STTR, and assist them as they navigate through the application process. This webinar is a recommended first step.

Webinar Leader:
Megan Varnum, Ph.D, Principal Consultant with BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting, has a wealth of experience leading biological technologies on the path to commercialization. As CEO of her own company, she earned STTR funding from the National Cancer Institute. As an EIR at Michigan State University, she helped many researchers translate their work into commercial technologies and shepherded several through the SBIR/STTR process.


Thames River Innovation Place seeking proposals for third-year projects

The Day, March 21, 2019

Thames River Innovation Place, the CTNext-funded initiative aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in the region, is seeking proposals for projects in its third year, which begins in July.

Interim Executive Director Emma Palzere-Rae said she hopes to get the final request for proposals out by the weekend, and TRIP will be accepting proposals the first half of April, then will review and submit them to CTNext by April 30.


Thames River Innovation Place Looking for Innovative Plans to Strengthen Region

NBC Connecticut, March 19, 2019

Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) in southeastern Connecticut is looking for innovators, creative types and those who are able to think outside the box to submit proposals to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region.


Naval & Maritime Consortium holds membership event Thursday

The Day, January 22, 2019

The Naval & Maritime Consortium, which launched in Groton in November, is holding its first membership event on Thursday, one largely geared toward networking. It will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Innovation Partnership Building at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.


Naval & Maritime Consortium launches

The Day, November 9, 2018

Groton — Economic development and workforce professionals, higher education leaders and elected officials gathered at the University of Connecticut at Avery Point on Thursday evening for the launch of the Naval & Maritime Consortium.


Former Electric Boat Architect To Lead Undersea Supply Network

The Hartford Courant, June 1,  2018

A former General Dynamics Electric Boat employee will lead a new Connecticut-based network for suppliers to the Groton submarine maker and other undersea vehicle manufacturers.


Program manager announced for Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium

The Day, May 24, 2018

Groton — The Thames River Innovation Place has appointed Alexandra L. Halvordson as program manager of the Connecticut Undersea Supply Chain Consortium, TRIP announced Thursday.


Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton

The Hartford Courant, January 24, 2018

In a warehouse between the Poquonnock River and Groton’s Army National Guard base, engineers tinker with a vessel worn and weathered from months at sea. It’s a Wave Glider, an unmanned craft the shape of a surfboard and equipped with artificial intelligence and sonar sensors that trail along 20 feet underwater.