Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the NetWerx Mentorship Program

The Peter J. Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation was established in 2017 by a man with the same name to provide students, faculty, and alumni proper access to various resources, education and mentorship opportunities, funding, and other innovation programs to help them unlock a new innovative perspective on the world around them.  

The Werth Institute offers many ways for students to get hands-on innovation experience as well, whether it be through its innovation spaces such as the Learning Community Innovation Zone and UConn Library Maker Studio or through some of its competitions and programs it hosts, such as the annual event, HackUConn, where students compete in teams to solve some of the biggest problems we face in the world today using creativity and innovation. It also offers special courses and educational paths to teach students about entrepreneurial concepts and help them evaluate if an entrepreneurial career is right for them. Another great experience they offer is the Experience Innovation Expo, where students can go to learn about the different activities, resources, and programs offered at the university that are centered on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.  

Werth Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation offers a variety of different programs such as NetWerx Mentor Program, a program that hosts mentorships that focus on an entrepreneurial mindset and innovation. This experience provides both current UConn students and alumni with engagement opportunities centered on forming an entrepreneurial mindset in their personal development as well as when they are exploring career paths. You can choose to attend either one-on-one virtual mentoring conversations or attend a group coffee chat with 8 to 12 of your peers to discuss networking, career and life lessons, and more.  These mentors come from a wide variety of industries and backgrounds, from arts and entertainment to marketing communications to nonprofit and community impact. The time commitment for this program is perfect for student innovators as you can commit to one simple afternoon session or multiple meetings over a longer period of time.  

To learn more about what the Werth Institute and the many programs it has to offer, click HERE. 

Photo courtesy of Peter Morenus from UConn Today

By Ben Kemp
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