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Doing Business In Connecticut 2017

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28 Doing Business in Connecticut | 2017 INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT › Education Research & Technology P erhaps one of the University of Connect- icut's biggest challenges when it comes to its support of innovative start-ups is where the state's flagship public university is located. Storrs may be nestled in the state's so-called Quiet Corner thanks to its rural character, but its growing into an incubator for new businesses. ere are approximately 3,250 square feet of incubator space at the school's Advanced Technology Lab, as well as additional office space at the college's Depot Campus. One example of a start-up coming out of UConn is Mobile Sense Technologies, which is directly benefiting from the university's ability to supply high-level talent. Skilled employees "One of the most important things when we were founded as a company was we were able to take advantage of the fact that so many educated people are coming out of UConn," said Justin Chickles, Mobile Sense's CEO. "ere really is a whole collection of potential employees coming out of the university, and as an early-stage company we need to tap into that engineering talent. Of course, I wish the talent pool was a little larger, but with Yale and UConn, it's a pretty good situation." Mobile Sense has offices in both New Haven and in Farmington as part of UConn's Technology Incubation Program (TIP). e Farmington office opened late last year. TIP has been expanding of late, thanks to a $19-million investment from the state in 2016 to build out 32 wet labs and 40 offices for use Justin Chickles, CEO of Mobile Sense Technologies, a start-up that has grown out of research at the University of Connecticut. PHOTO/CHRISTINA DAVIS Ready for Market Mobile Sense Technologies prepares to bring UConn-developed innovation to market By Matthew L. Brown

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