The Entrepreneur Leadership Academy (ELA) was inspired by ConnCAT’s mission to provide equal quality educational opportunities for the under-served population in the New Haven community. ConnCAT, the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology, was founded by Carlton Highsmith who believes that “education and entrepreneurship are the equalizers of the Ameritocracy.”
What We Do
The ELA curriculum aims to teach the 9-Steps of Idea-to-Commercialization© concept through five, interdependent program elements. All five programs encourage participants to launch their own ventures while building mentor-relationships between other students, faculty and successful entrepreneurs. This program provides participants with the opportunity to collaborate with people of different nations, broadening the view of developing and future entrepreneurs from local to global.
2018 ELA Hungary Participants Learned the Basics of Entrepreneurship
Over the past two summers, ELA has graduated over a hundred high school students and college interns. Several of these projects have continued development and are on a commercialization path. With their success, many of our graduates have returned as mentors and facilitators.
ELA Summer 2019
The 2019 ELA Summer program continues to deliver a successful educational curriculum and provide a meaningful learning experience for these young entrepreneurs.
The academy’s success is due to the large collaboration of ConnCAT, New Haven Public Schools, QU Central European Institute, MCC, Hungarian Gov’t, and The Garage. Recently, Bridgeport Public Schools joined the partnership in 2018.