Leading university research work is spurring innovation and patents. So is R&D from industry leaders based in Connecticut.
Among the state's big patent players are Pratt & Whitney, which makes aircraft engines; Sikorsky Aircraft, which makes the Black Hawk helicopter; and General Dynamics (Fortune 500), a diversified manufacturing giant. ,
"A new state initiative is the IP Factory. We're working with entrepreneurs and companies to bring their dormant ideas to life by helping them with financing," said Catherine Smith, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.
In a lousy economy, startup ideas can be found in surprising places. We asked Thumbtack.com which opportunities are drawing the most interest from entrepreneurs and their customers.