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CTNext Call for Mentors

CTNext; January 20, 2022

This letter is being shared to help spread the word further. If you are interested, please reach out to Rachel. Her contact information is available below.



Hope you’re all managing to stay warm on this chilly day. At CTNext, things are heating up (see what we did right there) as we prepare to launch our application period for companies to apply for mentors. Before we do that, we always scan the ecosystem to see if there are new (or existing) mentors who would like to join the program.

How do I know if I am eligible?

Criteria for acceptance are:

  • Startup experience: Founder, investor or leadership team member
  • Not your first rodeo: Prior mentoring experience
  • No hard sells: Not looking to sell services to startups
  • Time commitment: At least one hour per week for three to four months
  • The goods: Specific leadership, functional or industry expertise

How does it work?


If you are approved to become a mentor, you will participate in a mentor matching/company pitch event in March, and we will match you with a company or companies. You’ll then work with the leadership teams of those companies to help solve their specific business challenges, offer introductions to your network, and share advice on how to scale.

What’s expected of me?

You’ll be expected to meet with your company once a week (in person or virtually) at least once a week for a three- to four-month period. We will provide training and guidance on our structured program and our company tracking and scheduling platform so you’re well prepared.

How do I get started?

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, the next step is to fill out the application, which can be accessed here.

We’d love to add a few more mentors to our arsenal for this upcoming cohort. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. Thanks in advance for your consideration, and stay warm!

Kind regards,

Rachel Ferreira
[email protected] 



RDSI Receives 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award from US Department of Labor

RDSI; November 11, 2021

Middletown, RI – Nov. 11, 2021 – US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh recognized Research and Development Solutions, Inc., as one of the 849 recipients of the 2021 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during an award ceremony at the US Department of Labor. RDSI earned the Gold Award after applying earlier this year. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes job creators who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans. 

“RDSI has been a trusted partner for our nation’s veterans from the founding of the company,” says John Evans, President of RDSI. “Our veterans on staff are an integral part of our team, bringing invaluable skills and passion to their roles strengthening our mission to provide leading engineering and programmatic solutions to the defense industry. We are honored to be recognized by the Department of Labor with this award, and we remain dedicated to being an exemplary veteran employer moving forward.” 

In earning the award, RDSI joins 849 companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, in demonstrating their patriotism and commitment to the veteran community by ensuring veterans have long-term career and growth plans that build on the diverse skills they acquired through their military service. RDSI is a preferred employer in the region with more than an 83% retention rate among veterans. 

The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is based on several criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs – with requirements varying for large, medium, and small employers.



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EaglePicher® Announces Award for IARPA RESILIENCE Program for Advanced, Innovative Battery Technology Development

EaglePicher Technologies; October 20, 2021

EaglePicher® Technologies, a leading innovator of battery power and energy storage systems for defense and aerospace announced today that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has awarded their team a contract award for innovative battery technology development.

The strategic partnership includes Conamix, a venture-backed battery materials, early stage development company based in Ithaca, NY, Ionic Materials, Inc. an innovator in solid state electrolyte materials based in Woburn, MA and EaglePicher.

The multi-year award is part of IARPA's Robust Energy Sources for Intelligence Logistics in Extreme Novel and Challenging Environments (RESILIENCE) program. The team, led by Conamix, will develop advanced high-energy density, long calendar life, sulfur-based batteries.

EaglePicher will design, model, and optimize the electrochemical cells and integrate them into a full battery system utilizing advanced manufacturing capabilities. Conamix will develop a new, nanostructured sulfur metal sulfide (SMS) hybrid cathode system, and Ionic Materials will incorporate its advanced protected lithium-metal anode (PLA) technology into the cell electrochemistry.

The resulting impact will be batteries with extended shelf life, superior energy density, superb low-temperature performance, and high-power pulse capabilities. These key technological features will be extensively used in mission-critical aerospace and defense batteries as well as the commercial vehicle market.

"EaglePicher will utilize our existing and extensive R&D capabilities and production facilities which have established, mature quality systems and ISO certified manufacturing for cell and battery production," commented George Cintra, EaglePicher's Chief Technology Officer. "This partnership and the IARPA award allows us to incorporate Conamix's hybrid cathode and Ionic Materials solid-state electrolytes into full scale, mature product demonstrators."

About EaglePicher

EaglePicher Technologies designs, develops and produces mission-critical power systems for organizations such as the Department of Defense and NASA. Their reputation as an industry-leading producer of batteries, battery management systems and energetic devices stems from over 80 years of meeting the demanding requirements of the defense, aerospace and medical industry's battery applications. The company has nine North American manufacturing and research and development sites and over 800 employees. For more information, visit www.eaglepicher.com.


Source: PRN Newswire via Eagle Picher's Twitter


Ret. Navy Capt. Paul Whitescarver named director of seCTer

The Day; October 1, 2021

By Erica Mosher

The Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region board of directors announced Friday it has unanimously selected retired Navy Capt. Paul Whitescarver to serve as executive director of seCTer, effective Monday. Whitescarver is the former commanding officer of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.

Nancy Cowser had served as executive director of seCTer from late 2016 through June 30 of this year, when she left for a role at Mitchell College.

SeCTer is the region's designated nonprofit economic development organization, and its services include giving loans to small businesses, providing assistance to businesses interested in selling goods or services to government entities, and connecting developers with potential sites.

"What really appealed to me is the ability to work with all the municipalities, creating somewhat of a regional strategy," Whitescarver said.

He said Mark Oefinger, chairman of the seCTer board, approached him and ask if he'd be interested in the role, and then he went through the hiring process.

Oefinger was Groton town manager when Whitescarver took over command of the sub base in 2015, and the two have served together on the Thames River Heritage Park board, of which Whitescarver is president.

Oefinger said he hadn't initially thought of Whitescarver early in the search, but then thought back to times he teasingly asked Whitescarver what he wanted to be when he grew up, which came back to public service.

He said Whitescarver "was exceptional to work with" as commanding officer, and would ask what the sub base could do for the surrounding communities rather than the other way around.

Whitescarver retired from the Navy in 2019 and was relieved as commanding officer by Capt. Todd Moore, who last week passed command of the sub base to Capt. Kenneth Curtin.

Whitescarver, 59, after retiring from the Navy, served as a consultant for the Connecticut Port Authority for five months and then worked as operations manager for King Industries, a chemical additive manufacturer based in Norwalk.

In his new role, Whitescarver said he looks forward to working with clients and partners to address the economic impacts of the pandemic and diversify the region's economy. His focus in the coming year will be on helping southeastern Connecticut secure state and federal recovery dollars, and completing the update of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, a five-year plan.

Oefinger said Whitescarver and his staff "will be very, very busy," and that seCTer will have to sign off on millions of dollars in funding. Oefinger said he has been involved in seCTer and its predecessor agencies since the mid-1980s and has "never seen this amount of funding being made available to do economic development types of things."

Oefinger said Whitescarver's salary will be $152,000, and that seCTer has a total of nine full-time employees, one part-time employee and two vacancies. Whitescarver lives in Gales Ferry with his wife, Katie, and also serves on the board of the Submarine Force Museum and USS Groton Sail Foundation.

"I couldn't be happier," Oefinger said. "I think he's going to do great things at seCTer. He knows the region, he knows the players, he's worked in the federal government."

Originally posted on The Day.com


Amy Perry passes leadership of Thames River Heritage Park to Catherine Foley

The Day; September 29, 2021

by Erica Mosher

Amy Perry recalled that when she first became executive director of Thames River Heritage Park and told people about her job, she got a blank stare, and still got a blank stare after adding, "We're the nonprofit that operates the water taxi on the river."

After two years, she got a blank stare at the mention of TRHP but recognition of the water taxi. Now, she said, "When I tell someone I work for the Thames River Heritage Park, I inevitably get the reply, 'I went on one of your boat tours and it was just fantastic.'"

Perry was the first director of the organization, but she is now handing over the reins to Catherine Foley as she retires.

Perry, 63, said she thinks it's time for the park to have a different kind of skill set, noting that her experience in marketing was needed when the park was starting out, but now the focus is on programming and development.

Thames River Heritage Park grew from one boat in the water its first season in 2017 to two this past season, with a third planned for the future.

It also grew from just offering hop-on, hop-off boat rides to also offering themed tours. Two new tours offered this summer were Water, Wampum, & Medicine Wheels: Mohegan Life on the Thames, developed in partnership with the Mohegan Tribal Council of Elders, and Blowholes, Blubber, & Breaches: Whaling Tales on the Thames, led by professor, historian and veteran journalist Gail MacDonald.

Perry said the park went from offering 23 tours last year to 60 this year, despite a lot of bad weather, and increased the number of interpreters giving tours.

For the first time, the park also partnered with the New London Recreation Department to bring about 100 kids on the boat for Storytime on the Thames, thanks to a grant from water company Veolia.

Perry said the park relies significantly on a grant from the Department of Transportation and will for the immediate future. Other funding comes from other grants, ticket sales and donations, and Perry said the park increased revenues by about 12% this year by growing its history-tour business.

A focus on social services, economic development

Perry said Foley is "just what the park needs right now," and that she recommended Foley and the board selected her.

Foley — like Perry, a New London resident and age 63 — previously served as director of the Community Development Initiative of the New London Development Corp., executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Connecticut, and executive director of Covenant Shelter of New London.

Foley said she has done her work "with the perspective that doing right in our social services also has a great impact on our economic development, and I see this park as also being a big part of that picture."

She also runs MeetingWorks, a consulting firm that specializes in planning corporate and nonprofit conferences and meetings, but lost business when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Foley took on a part-time job with Thames River Heritage Park earlier this year as waterfront and tour coordinator.

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ThayerMahan to Move Forward with Headquarters Project in Groton

CT Examiner, August 25, 2021

by Cate Hewitt

GROTON — ThayerMahan told town council members on Tuesday that the company would move forward with redeveloping the Groton Heights School into the company’s headquarters.  The project had been slowed for more than a year by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Richard Hine, co-founder and chief operating officer of ThayerMahan, told the Town Council Committee of the Whole that the company is rapidly outgrowing its 14,000-square foot space at 120 Leonard Drive in Groton. 

“We’re a company that started in 2016 with two employees, my co-founder, Mike Connor and myself. Over the last five years, we’ve grown to 70 employees,” he said. “Our intent is to hire. Our current projections show us that about 180 employees by the end of next year.”

Hine and Connor, a thirty-five year Navy veteran and former Commander of Submarine Forces, started the company in a spare bedroom in Mystic, creating undersea solar-powered sensors and monitoring systems that gather, analyze and transmit data. 

Hine said the company intends to use the building as corporate headquarters and a research and development center. The company signed a letter of intent to purchase and redevelop the Groton Heights School, located at 244 Monument Street, on July 12, 2019. The town chose ThayerMahan as the preferred developer for the building in March 2019. 

The main school building was constructed in 1912 and the gymnasium was added in 1962, creating a total of 27,185 square feet of space. The building was used as a school until the summer of 2007. 

After four years of “pretty remarkable growth,” Hine said the company took a “bit of a step back” starting in March last year when COVID hit.

“We managed to survive that without laying off any employees. We took advantage of the two PPP loan programs, which were welcome relief. We were on kind of this hockey stick trajectory but last year’s sales were flat … but we’re kind of back on track,” he said. 

The company now has 14 patents and has acquired two companies in the last eight months, Hine said.

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