CT Tech Competition – Student Registration

Innovative Tech Startups in CT Mill Towns

Student registration

Thursday, November 15, 2012
3:00 to 6:00 pm
Johnson Room – Smith Library
Eastern Connecticut State University
258 High Street Entrance
Willimantic, CT 06226

Individual students or student teams may exhibit a poster display proposing a tech related start-up or entrepreneurship idea for Connecticut mill towns.

Students from the following colleges and universities may participate:

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College
  • University of Connecticut

Registering for the competition:

Please fill out the registration application form to enter your project into the Innovative Tech Startup Competition
(Applications are due by Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at midnight).

For further information, please visit the FAQ page.

Poster Display Boards:

You may obtain an poster display board from your college or university.

Eastern students, you may pick up your display board from the Department of Business Administration Office in Webb Hall 423, Phone: 860-465-5265.

Students attending UCONN, you may pick up your display board in the School of Engineering Castlemen Hall on the third floor (261 Glenbrook Rd, Storrs CT, 06268). Phone: 860-486-5466.

Students attending QVCC, you may pick up your display board at the Student Career Services Office at the Danielson campus. Phone: 860-412-7266.

Note: Please try not to use a font smaller than 28 points in your display.

Focus of Your Project:

Your proposal poster should focus on your technology business startup idea which you design to succeed in Connecticut mill towns. Your exhibit should concisely provide a brief overview of your startup business, solutions and relevant business sector background. The poster should summarize the innovative solution created by your business and the challenges you will face as a new start up organization.

General Poster Guidelines:

Remember to use fonts in your display that are easy to read when standing four feet away (typically 28 point or larger). Pick background and font colors and styles that are pleasing to the eye as well. Include a conclusion that summarizes the benefits of your startup to its future customers. Include pictures, charts, and graphs that visually explain the proposal. Be prepared to step through your proposal for your startup tech business to event attendees. Feel free to ask the organizational representatives for their business cards as they stop by your poster.

Things to Give Representatives of Organizations:

Come prepared with your business cards and possibly some copies of resumes.

On your business cards, be sure to have your name, your general academic / professional background, and your contact information on your business card.


Thursday November 15, 2012 2:00 to 6:00 PM

  • Arrive at Eastern’s Smith Library Johnson Room (LIBRARY 204) by 2:30 PM
  • Check in at Student Registration Table
  • Pick up name tag and poster tag number and find assigned poster location (Throughout 2nd Floor of Library)
  • Set up display, have business cards available
  • Have someone staff your display from 4 PM until 5:30 PM to:
    • Answer questions about your startup proposal
    • Give out handouts
    • Share business cards with interested organizations and individuals
  • The awards ceremony is at 5:30pm
  • Take down display at 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM

If you have any questions:

Please contact the Eastern Department of Business Administration at 860-465-5265 and ask for Dr. Gilson or Dr. Citurs.


See you November 15!