About HYPE

Attracting and retaining talent in the Hartford Region is a high priority for the MetroHartford Alliance. HYPE was formed in 2006 to help young professionals better understand and utilize the assets in this area.


​HYPE’s mission is to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region.

In the process, we endeavor to position the Hartford Region as an attractive area for diverse young professionals and entrepreneurs to live, work and play.

HYPE caters to young professionals and entrepreneurs in their 20s and 30s from the Hartford Region, though we invite professionals of all ages to participate.

HYPE encourages cross-collaboration among agencies and organizations that offer programs and activities for young professionals and entrepreneurs. HYPE promotes the events and activities of others and acts as a clearinghouse as appropriate.


What began as a focus group in 2006 has grown into one of America’s largest young professionals networks.

HYPE was created in 2006 by the MetroHartford Alliance as a young professionals networking group to attract and retain talented individuals and successful businesses in the Hartford Region.

The foundation for HYPE was laid by 15 young professionals who formed volunteer committees and established a list serve that grew to more than 1,700 young professionals in less than a year. Soon after its launch, HYPE implemented a formal membership structure and now boasts more than 4,000 members. 

A core group of volunteers continues to manage and direct HYPE endeavors including social activities, professional development programs, community service volunteer opportunities, and civic events. Volunteer committees coordinate each HYPE function while the MetroHartford Alliance provides staff support to the Ambassadors group and its subcommittees.

Contact Us ​

Have a question? We’ve tried to address those most commonly asked in our FAQ section. Please check there to see if your question can be answered. If not, we’re happy to help you after you submit your information in the form below.

If you have any further questions or concerns please contact Kim Lundy, HYPE Deputy Director, at 860-728-2283 or Jackie Valliere, HYPE Program Specialist, at 860-728-2294.