I am a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. I have been working to spur entrepreneurship in Fairfield County, CT since June 2009, when together with Steve Smith and Kip Bergstrom we began to imagine and catalyze the creation of the Stamford Innovation Center at Stamford's Old Town Hall. It has finally came to fruition in 2012 as part of the statewide CT Innovation Ecosystem. As part of this broader CT Innovation Ecosystem Andy Moss and I have recently launched Lean Launch Ventures to run accelerator programs based on Steve Blank and Bob Dorf's Lean LaunchPad curriculum. Lean Launch Ventures will invest in the businesses of the entrepreneurial teams we train with initial financial backing from CT Innovations and future funds to be raised from interested outside investors.
In November 2012 we just completed our pilot test of the Lean LaunchPad curriculum where with the advice of Bob Dorf we trained 10 teams of entrepreneurs. This effort was done as part of the initial pilot of Startup Weekend Next a breakthrough effort to create widespread "pre-accelerator" programs. Udacity and LaunchPad Central were an integral part of the effort. Our first full 90 day accelerator program is currently being planned for Q1 2013.