Recent News

Company plans to establish bike rental program in New London

The Day, August 22, 2018

Redevelopment plans sought for Hodges Square, Thames Street area

Montville student delves into science to learn about his genetic disorder

The Day, March 7, 2018

Undersea Manufacturing Ecosystem Taking Shape In Groton

Hartford Courant, January 24, 2018

Verb Energy Takes Home $35,000 At CTNext’s First Entrepreneur Innovation Award All-Stars Event

Business Insider, January 22, 2018

CURE Commons, Ignite to Offer Discrimination and Harassment Avoidance Training Feb 7

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, January 11, 2018

Innovation Places Profile: Thames River Innovation Place (TRIP)

CTNext, January 2, 2018

Ignite Program Presents Business Speed Mentoring for Entrepreneurs December 6

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, November 24, 2017

Thames River Innovation Partners Announces Emma Palzere-Rae to Head Ignite Program

The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, November 6, 2017

Thames River Innovation Partners names executive director

The Norwich Bulletin, November 4, 2017

Entrepreneurs Enjoy Feedback Sessions at Ignite’s CT Tech Tour

The Day, November 3, 2017

Handmade Food at Montauk House

The College Voice, October 29, 2017

Defense startup aims to bring underwater search technology into the future

The Day, October 22, 2017

Entrepreneurs enjoy feedback sessions at CURE

The Day, October 19, 2017

Tech tour coming to Groton on Thursday

The Day, October 13, 2017

Thames River officially designated an Innovation Place!

June 11, 2017

On Tuesday June 6th the state announced that New London and Groton achieved the Innovation Places designation with the opportunity bring in up to $900,000. We are among four finalists which include Hartford, New Haven, and Stamford. Read more here.

The work is now on to determine how to raise the matching capital needed to bring in the full $900,000!

Coverage of the first Innovation Boost

February 06, 2017

This Day article by Claire Bessette neatly captures the attitude expressed by project teams at the first Innovation Boost on Saturday February 4th:

“The grant application will be submitted April 1, but when participants broke into four groups to work on their specific projects Saturday, they talked about “when” their plans would be implemented, not “if” they can get state backing.”

ISAAC Students Win Hackathon!

November 15, 2016

Congratulations to all who participated in the first ever Hackathon in southeastern CT. Four teams competed through the weekend at Spark Makerspace and presented at CURE Innovation Commons on Sunday.

Read more about the winning team in this article from the Day which included Teressa Simpkins and Clarileni Santiago, 8th grade students at ISAAC school.

Thames River Hackathon: Transit Edition!

November 07, 2016

Check out coverage from the Day newspaper about the upcoming first ever Hackathon in southeastern CT hosted by Spark Makerspace and CURE Innovation Commons.

We got the full $50k for the planning grant!

November 01, 2016

The Thames River Innovation Places initiative is pleased to share that the state awarded this effort the full $50,000 to support the planning phase between now and April. Read more about this in a recent article from the Day newspaper.

Congratulations to all of the places throughout CT that received support!

How to Help & Follow Along

The best way to help right now is SPREADING THE WORD!!!

Here is content that can be copy & pasted to send out in an email to family and friends:

Have you heard about the opportunity that New London and City & Town of Groton have to become an Innovation Place? We are collaborating in new ways to build a strong and vibrant region with a thriving economic foundation. This could mean millions of dollars over the next several years from the state!

This initiative has adopted the name: Thames River Innovation Place. Check out this recent article in the Day or learn more by visiting the new website:

In order to improve the chances for getting an initial $50,000 planning grant from the state we need to raise matching money.

The easiest way to do this is by contributing to this crowd funding campaign.

Short on money? There is also the option of giving a product or service that could be listed as a reward during the campaign which will go through September. You can submit ideas using this form.

Other ways to help / follow:

  • Like the page on FB and invite others to do so
  • Follow @thamesriverinno on twitter
  • Use these hashtags when posting on different social media: #thamesinnovation
  • Sign up for the newsletter

Primary way to help: SPREAD THE WORD by forwarding this email!

And, save the date: Tuesday Sept 20th from 5 – 7pm is a chance to meet Bill Reed from Regenesis Group that is leading the planning phase with a process called Story of Place at the CURE Innovation Commons in Groton with pizza and beer. This is not to be missed! RSVP here.

News coverage in the Day

September 01, 2016

The initiative has garnered attention from the regional newspaper the Day. Lee Howard wrote an excellent article about this unprecedented collaborative effort.

There was a follow up article reporting out on the public presentation on August 31st about Innovation Places.