We are very excited to announce the launch of a brand new blog series,
"Entrepreneurs Heart Hartford
". This blog series, posted in partnership between HYPE and reSET
, offers a platform to showcase the commitment that Hartford Entrepreneurs have for their work and this City. It will examine how young entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and give examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in Hartford.
For our first post, we are showcasing reSET and all of the great work they do for entrepreneurs in Hartford. Similarly, they have a blog on their website all about us
This first post is brought to you by Meryl Willett
, Community Builder at reSET.
Why Hartford Entrepreneurs? Tell us about your organization.
reSET's goal is to make Connecticut a hub of social enterprise by bringing together a community of individuals and organizations committed to the ongoing economic and social development of our state. We believe that Hartford is the perfect place for this kind of purpose driven work. Hartford has a healthy population of dedicated citizens, grassroots community organizations, and an eager and growing entrepreneurial community. By working together, this group can have an incredible impact on the community.
reSET is contributing by making Hartford a stronger community by support entrepreneurs in the process of developing businesses that solve some of the biggest challenges facing the area. We're also working to forge partnerships between businesses, non-profit organizations, and local and state government agencies so that entrepreneurs have the information they need to develop effective solutions, and support community development efforts already underway.
Tell us about your role helping to support entrepreneurs in Hartford.
Supporting entrepreneurs requires more than business knowledge. We rely on a community of support to help entrepreneurs identify the causes of problems that they care about, connect with the people who can benefit from the solutions they are developing and access the capital and expertise that they need to succeed.
Our Community Space on Pratt Street acts as a hub on entrepreneurial activity, community dialogue and business support services. We specialize in social enterprise, but our space is designed to serve all types of entrepreneurs. Eric Knight serves as our Executive in Residence on Wednesdays, and is available for one-on-one meetings to help entrepreneurs think through everything from basic business model development to intellectual property, to financing and much more. Business partner Murtha Cullina hosts a monthly breakfast series that provides free information on legal and financial considerations for entrepreneurs. reSET also hosts programs specifically for social entrepreneurs and provides tailored assistance in developing viable scalable businesses that solve tangible community problems. We also help entrepreneurs get access to early-stage capital through impact and mission oriented investment funds. And finally, our growing co-working community now consists of over 20 entrepreneurs, freelancers, small business, nonprofit organizations, and artists who are launching and operating their businesses out of downtown Hartford.
What do you love about Hartford?
Admittedly being new to Hartford, I have to stay that I've been impressed with all of the passionate people I've met. As reSET deepens its roots in the community we have learned that Hartford is nothing short of driven. I love that! People are willing to put in the time and effort it takes to make this city everything they want it to be, because it's their home. Many of the members of reSET's co-working community believe in Hartford through and through. They are so involved with the city in so may ways and their dedication is contagious.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Working at the Community Builder at reSET I am consistently inspired by the entrepreneurs that we work with. I love telling their stories. Having the opportunity to work with people who are so incredibly driven and really want to have an impact in their community, as well as the city, state and world at large is a privilege. I'm lucky because I get to tell the work about their work, as well as the challenges they face. I'm invested in their success and enjoy watching them create change in truly meaningful ways. We serve as a support system for bringing their vision into the world, and this has been an incredible experience that I am fortunate to have. Each day I am amazed by the change makers who come through our doors, and each day I become more and more inspired by the work they are doing.
What is the impetus for this blog series?
Telling stories is a large part of what I do. Connecting with HYPE and being able to take a deeper look at and learn more about the entrepreneurs who are creating impact in Hartford was too good of an opportunity and collaboration to pass up. As I mentioned earlier, it takes partnership, community, and other people who "get it", to be successful in this challenging market. HYPE and reSET are two awesome organizations doing great things. I think the Hartford community will want to meet Hartford's Entrepreneurs, and get inspired by their stories. I hope the city becomes curious about their work and chooses to support them! Click here to visit reSET's blog and read HYPE's post! This blog series, posted in partnership between HYPE and reSET, offers a platform to showcase the commitment that Hartford Entrepreneurs have for their work and this City. It will examine how young entrepreneurs have chosen their work, and give examples of the ways in which they are having an impact in Hartford.