Connecticut Partners with Nonprofit to Boost Startups

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) — Gov. Ned Lamont wants more collaboration in Connecticut when it comes to helping startup companies scale to success.

“We’ve got to do a better job of helping our entrepreneurs go from concept to design to build,” Lamont said.

That help is on the way. Lamont announced Wednesday that Connecticut is partnering with FORGE, a nonprofit that connects startups with free resources.

The organization said it’s helped nearly 600 companies and supported more than 5,000 jobs in innovation and manufacturing since 2015. The majority of those are in New England.

“Want to know why we have a competitive advantage compared to the rest of the world? It’s the quality of our workforce, and a lot of these folks have extraordinary ideas of how to take the next generation of manufacturing,” Lamont said.