Launc[H] Team

Dedicated to nurturing a city of transformative thinkers and industry-shifting startups, the Launc[H] team is made up of individuals with extensive experience in leading groundbreaking change. Collectively, the notable executives of global organizations, the innovative leaders of area universities, and the community connectors, directors, and pioneers that form Launc[H] work together to weave the fabric of Hartford’s future day in and day out.

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Launc[H] Team

  • Michelle Cote

    Michelle Cote

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    As Director of Launc[H], Michelle leads the development of relationships with key community stakeholders that help to make Hartford a visible and vibrant hub of entrepreneurship and innovation. Working together with anchor institutions and other community partners, Michelle has helped to seed and support several key programs, including: Hartford InsurTech Hub, Digital HealthCT, and Nassau Re/Imagine. Launc[H] also provides entrepreneurs and partners with connectivity to resources across the Hartford region. At the UConn School of Business, Michelle teaches courses that help students and faculty build skills critical for entrepreneurship and innovation, and supports them in forming the business models necessary to bring new ventures to market. Michelle’s other professional experience includes providing coaching and technical assistance to entrepreneurs in South America and Afghanistan; founding and leading a social enterprise; and designing and launching an accelerator, focused on social enterprise, in Hartford.
  • Linda Mitrook

    Linda Mitrook

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    Since joining Launc[H]’s innovation program office in 2017, Linda has been collaborating with innovation leaders and project partners who are on the frontlines of building out Hartford’s innovation ecosystem. Her favorite thing about the city is its diversity in cultures and industries, and when Linda isn’t providing fiduciary or contracting support, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves cooking and experimenting with recipes (Salute is her favorite Hartford spot), getting outdoors for a brisk walk or bike ride (you can find her at the Riverfront), and breaking into song (but only when no one is looking).

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