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Pre-Seed Financing


Through Connecticut Innovations, the state's strategic venture capital arm, there is financing available for innovative, growing companies. In fact, Connecticut Innovations administers a targeted Pre-Seed Fund, which provides up to $150,000 to help early-stage companies grow. More than money, the fund includes mentoring, resources and introductions to powerful connections that can help you turn your idea into a commercially viable business.


Connecticut Innovations seeks to invest in companies that have been operating less than seven years that are:

  • based in Connecticut or willing to move here;
  • focused on innovations in bioscience, IT, clean tech, photonics and advanced materials;
  • employing fewer than 25 people (at least 75% of whom are in Connecticut).

Applicants will also need to meet a 50% match requirement to be eligible for pre-seed funding.

Additional Information

You can learn more about Connecticut's Pre-Seed Fund here.