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SiW News

Postponed! SiW 2021 postponed due to concerns around Delta variant

'Event of the Year' - 2020 CT Entrepreneur Awards

Did you know? In 2019 SiW had foot traffic of nearly 5,000 people.

SiW Announces Broad Partnership With UCONN's Werth Institute

SiW Merges with Stamford Partnership, Creating Super-regional Hub Organization

An epic celebration of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

2020 had a profound impact on all of us. We have a lot of work to do to navigate the present and imagine the future. We are faced with a rare opportunity to rebuild better. The core of SiW has always revolved around innovation, entrepreneurship, technology and community. There are no better ingredients for successful endeavors.

Stamford Innovation Week @ The Village

Two innovation powerhouses join forces

This year, Stamford Innovation Week’s main events will take place at The Village, The Village is a new premium waterfront campus designed to serve the needs of entrepreneurs and creators in realms like art, entertainment, tech, music, health, fitness, food, finance, the digital/influencer worlds and more.

This Year's Themes

2021 Themes Announcement - Recover
SiWeek’s Marquee conference day, FastFWD will bring you thought leadership on topics critical to our growth. Bringing together enterprise leaders, change makers, academics, scientists and innovators this year’s slate will captivate. Our industry agnostic approach recognizes that good ideas can come from anywhere and can be applied to a breadth of challenges. Through our platform, we aim to do our part to facilitate recovery. 

Work

Health & Wellness

Equity

Money & Growth

Build

Fund

Engage

Scale

2021 Themes Announcement - Grow
iSpark – the Art and Science of High Performing Startups. What better way to express 2021’s themes, than to facilitate growth itself! Through our iSpark platform we will be hosting SiW’s first ever pitch event! Aimed at facilitating connections, learning and growth for selected high promise, early stage start ups. We will bring together innovators, disruptors, investors, mentors and potential users to enable indelible connections and opportunities for exposure, guidance, insights and funding.

This Year's Events & Conference

Startup Weekend by The Ferguson Library & Techstars

TBA

As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you!

Workshops and Upskilling

TBA

Our workshop and masterclass series takes place in-person in Stamford, CT. With everything from product strategy to website design covered, there is something to help everyone, and every business, recover and grow.

iSpark- the Art and Science of High Performing Startups

TBA

The most innovative startups in the region come together to share ideas, insights, and inspiration. Learn what’s working and how leaders and your peers are thriving in the new normal.

FastFWD- Innovation and Technology Conference

TBA

Get the ideas, inspiration, and insights you need to survive and thrive in these uncertain and challenging times. Featuring world-class thought leaders.

Featured Speakers

Mike
Richter

Principal, Brightcore Energy
NHL Legend

Anabel
Maldonado

Founder & CEO
PSYKHE Fashion

Robert
Langer

Institute Professor
MIT

Melissa
Ferere

Senior Manager
Globant

Ryan
Coles

Organizational Ecologist, Professor of Entrepreneurship
UConn

Sebastian
Oddo

SVP of Innovation
Octagon

Lloyd
Blanchard

CFO, Interim VP
UConn

Kevin
McGovern

CEO, McGovern Capital
Founder of Sobe Beverages

Jennifer Openshaw

CEO
Girls With Impact

Thomas
Savino

CEO
Prospanica

Reena
Ninan

Founder
GoodTrouble Productions

David
Noble

Director
The Werth Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship @ UCONN

Margaret Feeney

Director
UCONN TIP Digital

Sarah Broderick

CFO
Known

Andrew Stallings

Founder & CEO
Athelo Group

Agenda

Startup Weekend

Experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

Learning & Skills

The early part of Stamford Innovation Week will be spent on learning and professional development. Live, in-person training will be provided at SiW partner venues focused on driving growth, innovating, fundraising, and other topics prioritized by our audience.

iSpark

iSpark—The Art & Science of High-performing Startups

  • 8:15am Check-in & Registration. Breakfast.
  • 9:10am Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:15am Morning Keynote
  • 10:00am
    • Performance Calibration
    • The Fractional Leadership Model
  • 10:45am
    • From the Arena to the C-suite
    • Gen Z Workforce Insights
  • 11:30am
    • From Media to Agency
    • Cybersecurity Best Practices for Startups
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:15pm Narrowing the Funding Gap
  • 2:00pm
    • The Guru Model of Growth
    • Venture Captial Insights, Growth Capital
  • 2:45pm
    • Becoming a High Performing Startup—Habits, Strategies and Mindset
    • Build Your Personal Innovation Plan
  • 3:30pm Creating Entrepreneurial Hub
  • 4:15pm Closing Keynote
  • 5:00pm Reception on the Water
FastFWD

FastFWD—The Innovation & Technology Conference

  • 8:00am Check-in & Registration. Breakfast.
  • 9:00am Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 9:10am Sponsor Remarks
  • 9:15am Morning Keynote
  • 10:00am It Takes a Village: The Community Characteristics that Foster Entrepreneurship
  • 10:45am
    • Insights and Expectations for the Next Generation Workforce
    • A CFO Perspective on Evolving Investment Patterns
  • 11:30am
    • Diversity. Walk the Talk.
    • How and Why Impact Can Develop and Retain Your Employees
  • Noon Lunch
  • 1:15pm Data & Analytics Leaders Network Panel
  • 2:00pm Gender Parity in Venture Capital
  • 2:45pm Fireside Conversation with Wheelhouse Studios
  • 3:30pm Macroeconomic Outlook
  • 4:15pm Closing Keynote
  • 5:00pm Reception and Live Music @ Cisco Brewery