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Thames River Innovation Places Secures Funding for 2019

Groton, Conn. – September 21, 2018 – Thames River Innovation Places is pleased to announce that it has been given the green light for grant funding as it moves into the second year in CTNext’s Innovation Places program, which will support the next phase of efforts to establish Groton and New London as a region of economic growth.

TRIP, which in its first year created five projects to generate innovation and entrepreneurial activity in the Thames River region around New London and Groton, was approved for up to $620,000.

“We are extremely excited to see our efforts come to fruition as we continue to transform Groton and New London into a center of innovation and economic growth,” said David McBride, TRIP’s executive director. “We are delighted that this funding has been secured, as it will allow TRIP to continue its mission of generating economic value for the region and state by catalyzing business development through regional collaboration and increased entrepreneurial activity.”

In 2017, TRIP was one of four programs selected as an Innovation Place by CTNext. TRIP was selected to receive funding to build upon the economic, social, and physical assets of the region through entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives. TRIP’s mission is to establish the Groton and New London as a center for entrepreneurs and innovation, a magnet for talent, and a launching point for growth-stage companies.


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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: www.thamesriverinnovation.org.

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.