reSET, Social Enterprise Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford the Impact City, and Connecticut the social enterprise state.

reSET serves all entrepreneurs, but specializes in social enterprise ― impact driven business with a double and sometimes triple bottom line. In addition to providing co-working space and accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.

History

reSET was founded in 2007 by Kate Emery to transition her company, The Walker Group, into a social enterprise. reSET then turned its attention to developing the social entrepreneurship sector in Connecticut. In 2010, reSET hosted its first Beyond Business as Usual conference, bringing together more than 200 people for a lively conversation about changing our expectations of business and how to add a social purpose to the bottom line. Committed volunteers went on to develop reSET’s initial strategic priorities: introducing the benefit corporation, a new type of business organization in Connecticut for social entrepreneurs; education and business development services to support emerging and scaling entrepreneurs; and better access to financing and investment.

reSET Staff

  • Jeremy Szechenyi Programs Manager reSET

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  • Emily Walsh PR and Marketing Consultant reSET

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  • Brandon Serafino Community Developer reSET

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reSET Board of Directors See all

  • David Fearon Professor of Management and Organization CCSU

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  • Donna Palomba Founder Jane Doe No More

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  • Tia Cintron Prinicipal Garnett Conner Consulting

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  • Matthew O’Connor Dean and Professor of Finance Quinnipiac University

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  • Michael Martone Asssistant Attorney General Office of the Attorney General, State of CT

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reSET Advisory Council See all

  • Ted Carroll President Leadership of Greater Hartford

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  • Susan Rottner Retired, President Bank of America Connecticut

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  • Kristina Newman-Scott Director of Culture Department of Economic and Community Development, State of CT

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  • William Cronin Retired President Cronin and Company

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  • Tim Elwell President and CEO Qualidigm

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  • Robert Egger President and Founder L.A. Kitchen, D.C. Kitchens, Campus Kitchens

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