Connecting the region to grow our thriving economy.

Thames River Innovation Place builds prosperity in the Thames River region through authentic innovation, collaboration, and diverse partnerships. Our group is an unprecedented alliance of public, private, and nonprofit sectors in the communities of New London and Groton in Southeastern Connecticut. Major institutions are collaborating to design a blueprint for the future of our communities, enhancing the Thames River region that serves as an economic artery to Groton and New London. TRIP has embraced the river and the Blue Tech/Economy that flows from it, as a centerpiece to the activities it funds.  Thames River Innovation is supported by CTNext

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TRIP’s Request for Proposals for Y4 funding is out!
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Thames River Innovation Place Looking for Innovative Plans to Strengthen Region

NBC Connecticut, March 19, 2019

Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP) in southeastern Connecticut is looking for innovators, creative types and those who are able to think outside the box to submit proposals to strengthen entrepreneurship in the region.

Thames River Innovation Place seeking proposals for third-year projects

The Day, March 21, 2019

Thames River Innovation Place, the CTNext-funded initiative aimed at boosting entrepreneurship in the region, is seeking proposals for projects in its third year, which begins in July.

Startup Success: Wearable art makes fashion statement

The Day, March 26, 2019

Eleonora Ferragatta always loved art — and fashion. After over 20 years as a professional visual artist, she found a way to combine her passions. Ferragatta’s career has seen success through licensing and selling reproductions of her art, which has been sold by HomeGoods and, for example.

Five Lessons From Hartford’s Innovation District

CTNext, February 28, 2019

Innovation districts have caught on all over the world as an effective vehicle for transforming the economic vitality of a community through public-private partnerships, attracting both new talent and a critical mass of tech start-ups and young, high-growth companies.

Innovation districts and their dilemmas with place

Brookings, February 21, 2019

The global rise of innovation districts continues. In the United States alone, roughly 20 districts have reached a level of critical mass to warrant the name, concentrating a mix of research institutions, mature companies, start-ups and scale-ups, co-working spaces, and supportive intermediaries in close geographic proximity.