b'EntrepreneursMeriden Artists ColonyDavid CooleyREX Development, the economic developmenthigher education, and focus more on growth-stage entity for South Central Connecticut, is keen tocompanies. The Innovation Places grant weaves assist entrepreneurs and startups locating space,together entrepreneurship support and relationship-accessing financing, tapping into the existingbuilding with physical planning and development. Re-entrepreneurial ecosystem and connecting thecent projects include The State House, Ives-Squared budding businessperson with industry experts,at the New Haven Public Library, MakeHaven facility municipal economic development officials andexpansion, Collaboratory and Concepts for Adaptive additional business services. Industry associations,Learning. For more information on the Elm City In-such as BioCT and the New Haven Manufacturersnovation Collaborative, visit their website at ecicne-Association, offer targeted events to bring similarwhaven.com.businesses together to address issues collectively.While the average age of an entrepreneur in the Another great resource is CI (Connecticut Innova- US is over 40, the region recognizes the unique tions). CI provides venture capital and strategicneeds of the younger entrepreneur. For the under 40 support for early-stage technology companies,crowd, many of our local chambers of commerce extensive networking opportunities and mentoringoffer young professional and entrepreneur for specific skills and industries. CTNext, a wholly- networking groups and events. See page 69 for a owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, pro- list of local chambers. vided a $2 million competitive grant to the Elm City Innovation Collaborative to help New Haven become a magnet for talent, support entrepreneurship in 65'