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Develop an SC2 Hartford Challenge Team and Support Entrepreneurship in Hartford

Posted 07/07/2014
Submitted by Shelli McMillen
Category: Campus Announcements

Sandra Cahill, director of the University’s Entrepreneurial Center, is serving on the review panel of an exciting project with the City of Hartford. SC2 Hartford Challenge is a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant-funded program offered through the Obama Administration’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) initiative.

The SC2 Hartford Challenge is an opportunity to create an economic development strategy and actionable plan, one that includes game changing policy, infrastructure, and programming, to drive positive change for Hartford and inform revitalization efforts for other U.S. cities. Hartford's goal is to become internationally known as the city where entrepreneurs come to start and stay to grow their businesses.

The city is calling for the formation of qualified teams by July 24 to submit their proposals. The top three proposals will share $100,000 in prize money. The top six teams will each be tasked with developing detailed, actionable economic development plans. These six teams will share $800,000 in EDA-funded prizes. The top prize is $500,000.

Contact Stephen Cole with any questions at or 860.757.9071. As part of the City's Economic Development Division, Cole manages the SC2 Hartford Challenge.

SC2 Hartford registration closes July 24, and proposals are due September 22.  Learn more at