The Southeastern Connecticut Entrepreneur Network (SECTen)

The Southeastern Connecticut Entrepreneur Network (SECTen) was created on March 16, 2012 as a result of a proposed innovation hub to be centered in Southeastern Connecticut.  The network has grown to over 100 members, has hosted several community events, and has engaged regional leaders and community partners. In 2013, the Network assumed the role of an Emerging Business Council for Southeastern CT, a goal identified in the recent regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). 




  • Create a vibrant network and communication vehicles for local consultants and startups
  • Identify and promote existing resources
  • Extract and disseminate lessons learned from Entrepreneurial Experiences
  • Celebrate local success stories
  • Gain support of enabling individuals in industry, regional, state, and university economic development
  • Develop focused learning sessions to meet member needs
  • Improve the regional economy with enhanced entrepreneur productivity


Join SECTen members and local entrepreneurs at their monthly meet-ups held the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Please contact Juliet Hodge to be added to the meet-up notification list at

Download More SECTen Information Here.




VENDOR STRATEGIES AND VENDOR, LAB EQUIPMENT AND CRO SHOWCASE. SECTen, CURE, UCONN and seCTer hosted this event at the Mystic Marriott on April 21, 2015. There were 40 Vendors present and a great panel discussion on vendor Strategies moderated by one of the event sponsors, Jayson Bernstein from ALT. Speakers were Geroge Karam, formerly from Pfizer, Holly Coulter from Ce3, John Sloan from BIO, and Peter Verderosa from Melinta Therapeutics. The event was also sponsored by Dilworth IP and the Marriott. 


November 11, 2014: Yale & CURE BioHaven presented:  'Patients and Big Data in Healthcare: Deriving Value and Accelerating Innovation'  Click HERE for speaker information and HERE for remarks from one of SECTen's founding member - Jean Schaefer.


27 October 2014: Pfizer transfers building to bioscience READ HERE


8 October 2014: How to Build a Bio Tech: SECTen members and a distinguished panel of entrepreneurs gathered for a discussion of sucessful entrpreneurship, followed by a roundtable discussion and a networking reception.


19 November 2013: 

SECTen "Meet Up and Network" Group met informally with Governor Malloy when he dropped in for coffee at New London's favorite gathering place, Muddy Waters Cafe.  Members gave the Governor an overview of their goals and their recent report on the needs of the BioScience Cluster in Southeastern CT. (from left to right: Lori Shafner, Nancy Motola, Jayne Douglas, JoAnn Dumin, Governor Malloy, Robert Peitzsch.)


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