Hartford Business Journal

October 31, 2016

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G R E AT E R H A R T F O R D ' S B U S I N E S S N E W S w w w. H a r t f o rd B u s i n e s s . c o m For more B2B news visit OCTOBER 31, 2016 Volume 24, Number 48 $3.00 Subscribe online Join us in Honoring the winners! December 1, 2016 | CT Convention Center Index ■ Week in Review: PG. 6 ■ The Lists: PGs. 10, 12 ■ Deal Watch: PG. 14 ■ Movers & Shakers: PG. 20 ■ Nonprofit Notebook: PG. 22 ■ Opinion & Commentary: PG. 24 Pitch Success The 10 companies that recently participated in Connecticut Innovations' $5 million VentureClash pitch competition said the chance of winning up to a $1.5 million prize was appealing, but it wasn't the only thing that drew their participation. Find out what else made the effort worthwhile. PG. 3 Fundraising Milestone Farmington vaccine developer CaroGen has raised $2.1 million to advance its Hepatitis B vaccine toward clinical trials. PG. 5 Hartford's first — likely not the last — 'micro' apts. bow By Gregory Seay gseay@HartfordBusiness.com H artford has opened its doors to the first batch of tiny, or "efficiency-micro'' apart- ments, as developer interest in building more units appears to be on the horizon. Local developer Carlos Mouta, owner of Adrian's Tower at 360 Main St., won't say how much he invested refurbishing the 1970s-era building he has owned since 2002, but he does say he spent about $20,000 each just to create 14 first-floor living units from former retail space. All but a handful of Adrian's 114 units are occupied or are under deposit, he says. But it's the six "micro'' apartments — ranging from 300 to 425 square feet — that has Mouta most excited about Talent tug-of-war UConn civil-engineering senior Georgina Talbot has been offered a construction-industry job well ahead of her scheduled spring graduation. Talbot is active in the on-campus group, Engineers Without Borders. P H O T O | S T E V E L A S C H E V E R H B J P H O T O | G R E G O R Y S E A Y Continued on page 18 Private-sector competition for engineers is growing in CT as colleges work to build labor pipeline. PG. 16 The Adrian's Towers complex, 360 Main St. in downtown Hartford, offers the city's first batch of "micro'' apartments, ranging in size from 300 square feet to 425 square feet.

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