Creativity meets Innovation.

At UConn, entrepreneurship is a way of thinking, unrestrained by school, college, or program. Our students, faculty, and staff seek to continually improve the world around them through innovation, meeting societal needs with novel solutions for products, services, and processes.

The Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation links the multitude of ways students can learn and practice entrepreneurship at the University, unlocking an innovative mindset in every student and instilling an inquisitive approach to rejecting the status quo.

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Start Anywhere.

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study entrepreneurship

Through both classroom-based learning and experiential programs, opportunities abound for students to learn everything needed to succeed as entrepreneurs.

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Find a Mentor or Club

Meet people that share your interests and build a robust network through student clubs, discussion and lecture events, and networking activities.

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make something

Makerspaces, grant programs, and events like HackUConn support students in transforming initial ideas into actions.

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start a business

Learn more about resources available to further support business development, find funding, and gain additional experience.

Signature Programs.

Werth Innovators

Werth Innovators are student ambassadors for entrepreneurship and innovation who play a central role in building interest and increasing student involvement in UConn’s wide range of entrepreneurial programs. Students are selected through an application process that highlights their innovative projects and entrepreneurial mindset along with their drive and resiliency to create something new with a lasting impact on UConn or society as a whole. Join the Werth Innovators.


The Werth Institute NetWerx Program builds bridges between current students and UConn alumni through multiple mentorship engagement opportunities that center around the entrepreneurial mindset and career exploration within entrepreneurship, finance, technology, innovation, and related fields. Various time commitment levels range from a single afternoon session with students to multiple student meetings over a longer period. Get involved with NetWerx.

By the Numbers.

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Member programs

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Commitment from Peter J. Werth for UConn Entrepreneurship programs

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Teams have participated in accelerate UConn Entrepreneurship training since 2015

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Patents issued for UConn innovations

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