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New Haven brings in half of state's startup funding in Q1   
Startups within the state raised $109 million of funding between January and March of this year - over five times what they raised in the same three-month span in 2018, according to filings made with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

New Haven Deputy Director of Economic Development Steve Fontana told the News in February that New Haven's commitment to helping new ideas go corporate has created an environment that fosters ingenuity, which attracts startups in a range of fields to the Elm City.

"We will do our part to help foster the growth of technological industries by giving people the opportunity and the means to innovate and create and do work in these kinds of areas," he said.

Kleo Pharmaceuticals, a New Haven-based company founded in 2016 that is working to create synthetic compounds that help the immune system destroy cancer cells, raised more funding this year than all other Connecticut startups, having raised $21 million in just one deal this November. The funding was led by the company's development partner - PeptiDream, Inc. - with participation from Biohaven Pharmaceuticals Inc., a New Haven startup that also serves as Kleo Pharmaceuticals' founding investor. Read More

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CT DOL funds $4.7M for mfg. training            
Connecticut's labor agency has awarded $4.7 million to a pair of manufacturing-training partnerships who will find and train some of the thousands of jobless and underemployed youth and adults needed to replenish the state's strained manufacturing-employment pipeline.

The state Department of Labor (DOL) on Tuesday afternoon announced its award to the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board Manufacturing Industry Partnership and the Workforce Alliance Manufacturing Careers Partnership (WAMCP).

The Workforce Alliance partnership will draw over $3.4 million and the Northwest Regional Workforce partnership, $1.25 million, DOL said. Read More

Mars Incubator
UConn engineering students to tackle Hamden brownfields    
A group of University of Connecticut engineering students and the town of Hamden are partnering on a project, the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative (CBI). The program trains undergraduate students to work with municipalities to remediate brownfields sites.

With a substantial inventory of former industrial properties but limited staff resources for substantial remediation work, Hamden poses a suitable challenge for such an undertaking.

CBI trains the student workers, then deploys them into the partner municipality on a pro bono basis. There they work with staff on grant-writing and then proceed to actual remediation work under the watchful eye of UConn faculty experts. Read More

4/26 Bioscience Careers Forum at Southern Connecticut State University Read More 
4/25 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Manufacturing Spotlight - Laticrete Plant Tour Read More 
Madison first selectman named to CCM board Read More 
Trevi Therapeutics on deck for IPO Read More