Strategic Partners

Any successful effort to promote the economic health of our State requires the collaboration and cooperation with other like-minded organizations, such as trade groups, colleges and universities and governmental units.

While CVG’s mission is focused around capital formation for entrepreneurial companies, we have established alliances with a number of institutions whose missions are complementary to that of CVG.

In general, we have attempted to 1) coordinate our event calendars, 2) develop joint programming and 3) cross-promote each others’ programs and purposes. Toward that end we are pleased to list our alliance partners so that you can avail yourselves of their services as appropriate.

The Connecticut Chapter for the Association for Corporate Growth.

The Angel Investor Forum (AIF) is the most active angel group in Connecticut.

The Biomedical Engineering Alliance & Consortium (BEACON) is a non-profit 501 (c)(6) trade organization comprised of academic and medical institutions as well as corporations and entrepreneurs dedicated to the development and commercialization of new medical devices and technology.

CT Digital Media
The Connecticut Digital Media Business Network (CT Digital Media) – is a business network of media and technology executives.

The Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) is a partnership of Connecticut providers and users of technology committed to growing and diversifying the state’s technology base. The council is an advocate for technology businesses, and the science, technology, business, education and public policy issues relevant to the interests of its members.

Connecticut United for Research Excellence, Inc. (CURE) is a not-for-profit statewide coalition dedicated to promoting public understanding of the benefits and methods of biomedical research. CURE also serves as the coordinator of the state’s Bioscience Cluster.

Connecticut Innovations
Connecticut Innovations is the State of Connecticut’s leading investor in high technology, making risk capital investments in high-tech companies throughout the state. We offer a wide range of support from research assistance to financing for product development and marketing.

MIT Enterprise Forum
The MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut, Inc. is a not-for-profit public service organization, which was founded to promote and strengthen the process of starting and growing companies with a strong technology orientation by providing services that educate and inform entrepreneurs and supporters of entrepreneurship.

National Venture Capital Association
The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) is the trade association that represents the venture capital industry. It is a member-based organization. Its membership consists of venture capital firms and organizations who manage pools of risk equity capital designated to be invested in young, emerging companies. Currently, the NVCA represents 400+ member firms, representing the majority of venture capital invested in U.S. based companies.

The Quinnipiac University Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
(QUESBMI) aims to link the business world with the academic world by providing consulting services, professional training programs and a broad range of region-wide networking opportunities for small business and venture enterprises in various stages of development and operation.

Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator
The Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator focuses on additive manufacturing – tech that builds 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. The material ranges from plastic, metal, concrete & more. Technologies may include 3D printing, rapid prototyping, generative design, tooling, direct digital manufacturing, layered manufacturing & additive fabrication. The applications are endless. We are looking for companies with innovations in software, material or hardware solutions.

The Yale Entrepreneurial Society (Y.E.S.)  works to coordinate and support Yale led entrepreneurial activities in New Haven and throughout the country, connecting over 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, faculty, and alumni. YES harnesses the power of the Yale network and enables alumni and students to learn from one another as they promote new venture creation.