I am a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. I have been working to spur entrepreneurship in Fairfield County, CT since June 2009, when together with Steve Smith and Kip Bergstrom we began to imagine and catalyze the creation of the Stamford Innovation Center at Stamford's Old Town Hall. It has finally came to fruition in 2012 as part of the statewide CT Innovation Ecosystem. As part of this broader CT Innovation Ecosystem Andy Moss and I have recently launched Lean Launch Ventures to run accelerator programs based on Steve Blank and Bob Dorf's LeanLaunchPad curriculum. Lean Launch Ventures will invest in the businesses of the entrepreneurial teams we train with initial financial backing from CT Innovations and future funds to be raised from interested outside investors.
In November 2012 we completed our pilot test of the LeanLaunchPad curriculum where, with the advice of Bob Dorf, we trained 10 teams of entrepreneurs. This effort was done as part of the initial pilot of Startup Weekend Next a breakthrough effort to create widespread "pre-accelerator" programs. Udacity and LaunchPad Central were an integral part of the effort.
We are currently accepting applications for a full 90 day stipend-based accelerator program starting March 2013. The application period closes February 15, 2013. If you have an interest read about the program here.