Meeting Thursday to foster sci-tech start-ups here

Groton - Fostering a start-up culture in southeastern Connecticut will be the theme of a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Applied Physical Sciences, 475 Bridge St.

The meeting, a collaboration among the biotech network Connecticut United for Research Excellence, the economic development agency Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region, the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut and Independent Software of New Haven, has been arranged to bring together science and technology start-ups in an attempt to grow the sector in the region.

"So much has been done by the local community to shine a light on the possibilities and successes here," Susan Froshauer, president and chief executive of CURE, said in a statement.

Froshauer said the meeting, part of an initiative called the Whiteboard Startup Roadshow, will help continue the momentum of forming a local entrepreneurial community on the eve of the opening of the CURE Innovation Commons in former lab space on the campus of Pfizer Inc. in Groton.

"The untapped talent in southeastern Connecticut in many areas of technology is awesome," she said.

The event will bring together startup founders "who can discuss how entrepreneurs benefit from being a part of a greater community that supports high-growth startups, and how that can be fostered in southeastern Connecticut," according to a press release.

A panel of experts will lead the discussion, including Froshauer and Derek Koch, founder and CEO of Independent Software; Kevin Logan, CEO of MACSEA Ltd. and Body Biolytics, and Bob Gorman, founder of Applied Physical Sciences Corp.

Tim Coates, program manager for IBM's Corporate Citizenship program, will facilitate the discussion.

Tickets at $10 are available for purchase online on Eventbrite.com.

Another upcoming event, "How to Build A BioTech," is being planned Oct. 8, sponsored by the Southeastern CT Entrepreneurs Network.

l.howard@theday.com

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