Eric Baron

Cantor Colburn LLP

As President/Chair of the Board of Directors of CIC, I have seen the impact of CIC firsthand, as thousands of new and experienced student inventors come up with great ideas each year. All students, regardless of where they live in Connecticut, should have the opportunity to learn how to be inventors, problem solvers, and entrepreneurs. CIC provides students with the tools to learn through making and testing prototypes, enabling students to realize that they can keep improving on their ideas to produce a marketable invention. Students also learn how to explain their invention to others, improving communication skills. There are so many students who, given the opportunity, will discover that they can solve problems and impact the world in meaningful ways. I am pushing at PFE to give more students the chance to see themselves as inventors, entrepreneurs, and our next generation of problem solvers.


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The Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), a 36-year-old, 501c3 nonprofit organization, is the nation’s largest continuously operating program for K-12 student inventors and entrepreneurs.

100% of the proceeds raised by Push For Entrepreneurship are donated to CIC.

CIC’s mission is to teach students creative problem-solving techniques through inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurship, by teachers trained in CIC’s programs. CIC programs have been endorsed by CT’s educational leaders as promoting creativity and critical thinking, and have received prestigious recognition, including trips to the White House Science Fairs.

  1. In Connecticut, more than 16,000 K-12 students in 250 schools annually have CIC classroom-based programs.

  2. Students compete in their schools and winners present their inventions at local and district events and at the state wide convention in May.

  3. Selected state winners advance to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan, in June.

  4. CIC inventors comprises 50% girls and 26% minority students, with program growth focused in under-served school districts.

  5. CIC inventors pursue entrepreneurship through patenting, investment, and commercialization.

Your donation will be used to provide hundreds of Bridgeport, Norwalk, and New Haven K-12 students the opportunity to participate in a program that will change their lives and our futures.

2020 Event Numbers

  • 41 Pushers
  • 65 DONORS
  • $ 6,984.00 Funded