Incubator Program



The Collab Incubator Program seeks to support outstanding early-stage entrepreneurs — for-profit or nonprofit — in order to boost their work and to inspire community-centered entrepreneurship in Connecticut.

The Collab Incubator Program is cohort-based and combines pre-seed funding with coaching, workshops, and networking. We prioritize the individual entrepreneur as much as the idea. 

We’re looking for entrepreneurs who: 

  • Are in the early stages of an idea and want to take it to the next level

  • Bring a diversity of perspectives to the cohort

  • Care about the community in Connecticut and New Haven

  • May not call themselves entrepreneurs — yet.

Accepted ventures receive: 

  • A spot in a 6-week workshop series on early-stage entrepreneurship
  • Pre-seed funding of $1000
  • Free coworking space
  • 1-on-1 coaching sessions
  • An assigned mentor from the Collab Mentor Network
  • Case-by-case pro bono services from Corporate Partners (legal, accounting, etc.) 
  • Opportunity to pitch in front of investors and community members.

In order to ensure that every kind of entrepreneur can participate, Collab will try to provide assistance and wraparound services as needed — including childcare, transportation, and interpretation/translation services.

All accepted ventures will be expected to attend the following sessions:

  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, May 9th, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, May 16th, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, May 23rd, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, May 30th, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, June 6th, 6-8pm
  • Wednesday, June 13th, 6-8pm

Applications for the Collab Spring Incubator are now open. Applications are due on April 2, 2018, at 11:59PM.

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