ECIC: Elm City Innovation Collaborative


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The Elm City Innovation Collaborative is a multi-party, highly collaborative consortium created to apply for an Implementation grant from CTNext's Innovation Places program. The program seeks to support entrepreneurs and leaders by developing places that will attract the talent high-growth enterprises need. New Haven was selected through a competitive, merit-based application process as being strongly aligned with the CTNext Innovation Places.

The purpose of the program is to develop key places to become magnets for talent, supporting entrepreneurship in higher education, and focusing more on growth-stage companies. It weaves together entrepreneurship support and relationship-building with physical planning and development. The end result of the program should be a vibrant location that draws people in to exchange ideas, break barriers and solve problems.