Entrepreneurial Academy


Successful business entrepreneurs are powerful generators of personal and community wealth. Yet, African Americans and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately missing from their ranks. ConnCAT’s Entrepreneurial Academy seeks to close this gap, offering both a source of inspiration and targeted training for youth in area high schools.

Business ownership holds a special place at ConnCAT, which was founded on the generosity and vision of entrepreneurs. In partnership with the School of Business at Quinnipiac University, ConnCAT offers a hands-on program that coaches interested and capable youth on business fundamentals and entrepreneurship skills.


  • Access to positive examples and mentors. Students meet with local small businesses leaders to understand the realities of business ownership and entrepreneurship firsthand.
  • Different approaches for different types of learners. The Academy offers a mix of skill-building tutorials, classroom sessions and regional field trips (including to the NewEntrepreneurial Academy York Stock Exchange and the Stamford office of global financial services firm UBS), allowing participants to engage with the material in dynamic ways.
  • Practice skills. Students develop and test their ideas by creating their own small businesses. They showcase their hard work at a capstone business expo, which serves as both a space for learning and celebration.

Interested in learning more about the Entrepreneurial Academy?

Contact Erik Clemons at eclemons@ConnCAT.org