Connecticut Software Startups (CTDEVSTARTUP)

Encouraging Software Developers to Start Up.

'Big Data' is here to stay and Hartford is the Insurance Capital of the World - if you can see the connection between the two then this group is for you. This group is for those who are interested in launching or growing their startup company.


The group's events are for both Microsoft and non-Microsoft platform developers who want to learn the best practices and business networking that will benefit their venture. These include customer development, business planning, lean methodogy, marketing and financing. Participation in events such as Startup Weekends are encouraged.


Join us on Software Startups Meetup group!


CTDEVSTARTUP also encourages the "Dorm Room Startup".


Are you working on a new startup? Do you need guidance, mentoring and funding? Check out the new Microsoft Ventures programs.

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs

Design Thinking: Create to Learn, Learn to Innovate for Entrepreneurs

April 22 Tuesday 5:30-8PM at University of Hartford Entrepreneurial Center

Butterworth Hall (not main campus), 1265 Asylum Avenue Hartford , CT 06105.


Presented by Elinor Slomba. For registration and more details - please see here...

August monthly meeting of 'Software Startups' group. Monday Aug 19th 5:30-8:30PM. To be held at Microsoft Farmington CT Office.

Please register here for this event.

'Pitching Night' - Pitching is an important skill to acquire and improve by the entrepreneur. The skill is needed to pitch to investors, customers and employees to grow your business and provide leadership.


(A). 'Pitching for startup entrepreneurs' - Dr. Drew Harris. He is currently associate professor of management at Central Connecticut State University’s School of Business, where he actively promotes student entrepreneurship.

(B). Startup - 'Test My  Pitch' -  Bill Kenney. 'Test My  Pitch'is an online platform where entrepreneurs and professionals draft, share, and receive feedback on their idea pitches and self-introductions.

We invite you to check out 'Test My Pitch' site - free enrollment to improve your pitching and to learn more about it.

Enroll here...

Want to pitch?  We'll begin the evening with a few pitches. The audience will be the judges and provide feedback. Let us know your topic and pitch duration (1-minute or 3-minutes). Send your request to

July meeting of Connecticut Software Startups - Monday July 15th 5:30-8PM. To be held at Microsoft Farmington CT office. Bring a lot of business cards!

Please register (RSVP) here for this event.


(A). 'Startups' guide to Angel Investment & Venture Capital' - Joe DeMartino, Angel Investor Forum. Joe DeMartino is the Former President of the Angel Investor Forum and an investor with Launchpad Ventures. His background includes roles in sales, service, product management and development at Cullinet, Wang Software, and Kronos Inc. and at several other small and mid-size software companies.

(B). Startup - 'Track 180' - Drue Hontz & Ed Natera. 'Track 180' is an exciting new application that provides a new way to discover and explore information.

Want to pitch?  We'll begin the evening with a few pitches. The audience will be the judges and provide feedback. Let us know your topic and pitch duration (1-minute or 3-minutes). Send your request to


Want to improve your pitch? 'Test My Pitch' launches beta site - free enrollment to improve your pitching! Enroll here...

June meeting of Connecticut Software Developer Startups - June 17th Monday 5:30-8PM. Event to be held at the Micrsoft Farmington CT office.


May meeting of Connecticut Software Developer Startups (CTDEVSTARTUP) - May 20th 5:30-8PM. Event was held at the Micrsoft Farmington CT office.



  • 'Bootstrap financing your startup' - John Seiffer (Better CEO). John will present on 'Bootstrap financing' and how companies like Microsoft started that way.  He will present the best practices of 'bootstrapping' to get your venture underway. He's a serial entrepreneur and an advisor to several Connecticut  firms. An angel investor since 2005, John is President of The Angel Investor Forum and is also on their screening committee. John currently is an Entrepreneur In Residence with the CTNext Innovation Ecosystem and consults with company owners to improve their CEO skills  through his consulting practice,
  • Online education startup - '' - Mark Lassoff. Mark is a top technical trainer and author, providing software, mobile and web development training  Mark is a sought after video trainer, speaker and host.  He has also authored and hosted video courses for several publishers, including his own company LearnToProgram, Inc..

April meeting of Connecticut Software Developer Startups (CTDEVSTARTUP) - April 15 (Mon) 5:30-8PM

Event was held at Microsoft Farmington CT office.


Special presentation by Eric Zeiberg (iSpeak4U) - mobile app for speech disabilities. Eric is a 12-year old student who was recently honored by the Governor & Legislature of the State of Connecticut.


A). The Lean Startup Process for  Mobile Apps - Bob Familiar (Microsoft) - download presentation deck from here...
B). Mobile Healthcare Startup - Applivate - John Fitzpatrick (CEO Applivate)

Sessions Description:

(A). The Lean Startup Process for  Mobile Apps - Bob Familiar (Microsoft) will detail a lean startup approach to designing, coding and launching apps and games in the Windows 8 store as well as how to target multiple mobile platforms for the widest distribution. Bob Familiar is the Director of Technical Evangelism for Microsoft covering the Northeast including Boston and New York. He and his team work with developers and startups to design and build  apps and games using both native technologies as well as cross platform tools and frameworks. He blogs at

(B). Mobile healthcare startup - Applivate - John Fitzpatrick is co-founder and CEO of Applivate, a one-year-old startup based in New Haven. Applivate empowers people to capture, store, curate, and share data about their health using mobile technology. Their first product is ShugaTrak, a smartphone app for people with diabetes. ShugaTrak captures readings from glucose meters instantly and effortlessly and sends them to loved ones and health care professionals in text messages and emails. John's training is in neuroscience research, and he spent over a decade investigating how single brain cells process information. A former Lecturer at Yale, he has a M.S. in biomedical engineering and a Ph.D. in biology.


This event is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark.

The inaugural event was on Monday Feb 18th 2013 5:30-8:30PM at the Microsoft Farmington office.


See more about the inaugural meeting here (over 40 attended)...


This event is sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft® BizSpark® is a global program that helps software startups succeed by giving them access to software development tools, connecting them with key industry players, and providing marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure and offers technical support, business training and a network of over 2,000 partners to connect members with incubators, investors, advisors, government agencies and hosters. The program has more than 45,000 companies in over 100 countries. BizSpark also hosts numerous events worldwide and Startup Weekend events.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Microsoft BizSpark is a major sponsor of this event. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.