The Governor’s Innovation Fellowship, a State of Connecticut program created to help retain more outstanding college and university graduates with the potential to be business leaders and innovators, is expanding statewide. The program was launched in 2019 with a pilot program in Stamford. To make the announcement and celebrate the completion of the pilot program, Governor Ned Lamont hosted the 18 cohort members and their families, along with their employers, state and local economic development officials and community leaders at a reception on Friday, June 17th, at the Village at Star Point in Stamford. Glendowlyn Thames, Executive Director of CTNext, which is managing the statewide expansion of the Fellowship, said at the event, “The Governor’s Innovation Fellowship offers qualifying graduates a chance to build a strong foundation to their careers through meaningful employment in one of Connecticut’s innovation-based companies, combined with a program focused on professional development, leadership training, and networking.”
“The Fellowship also provides young professionals the opportunity to be one of the founding members of a professional community that will grow and contribute to shaping the direction of the state’s – and the nation’s – business future for generations.”
Recipients of the Governor’s Innovation Fellowship are selected from a highly competitive applicant pool of college seniors or recent graduates. Those selected win a $5,000 Fellowship Grant and are matched with Connecticut-based employers with positions for individuals with career growth and leadership potential. The selection pool is reviewed by a panel of Connecticut-based business leaders and executives.