Tech Gives Back: Stamford Innovation Center Provides Donations to Future 5 and CT Veterans Legal Center

Yesterday, Wednesday, August 6th, Stamford Innovation Center handed out a total of $3,000 to local non-profits to help local students and under-served veterans throughout Connecticut on the steps of SIC’s iconic 175 Atlantic Street flagship in the heart of Stamford, the city that works.

In late June SIC held a fundraising party, Geeks and Nerds Summer Gala, which drew more than 150 participants and raised the roof to benefit two charities, Future Five, headquartered just a few doors away from the center and the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center, located in West Haven. The event was co-sponsored by priceline.com, one of the state’s leading companies.

Barry Schwimmer (founder, managing partner SIC), Chris Mariani (senior recruiter, Priceline), Sarah Robinson (operations manager SIC), Christine Labate (Commitee Chair Geeks & Nerds Gala, Designs for Growth), Maragaret Middletown (Co-Founder and Executive Director, CT Veterans Legal Center), Lorena Mitchell (AmeriCorps VISTA Legal Outreach Fellow, CT Veterans Legal Center),  Deirdre McAllister (Corporate Relations Liaison, Future 5), Valerie Jaeger (Creative Director, SIC),  Clif McFeely (Founder/Director, Future 5), Peter Propp (CMO, SIC)

from left to right: Barry Schwimmer (founder, managing partner SIC), Chris Mariani (senior recruiter, Priceline), Sarah Robinson (operations manager SIC), Christine Labate (Commitee Chair Geeks & Nerds Gala, Designs for Growth), Maragaret Middletown (Co-Founder and Executive Director, CT Veterans Legal Center), Lorena Mitchell (AmeriCorps VISTA Legal Outreach Fellow, CT Veterans Legal Center), Deirdre McAllister (Corporate Relations Liaison, Future 5), Valerie Jaeger (Creative Director, SIC), Clif McFeely (Founder/Director, Future 5), Peter Propp (CMO, SIC)     photo credit: Natasha Miller, Tashography

“We wanted to bring local entrepreneurs, startups and people in the tech community together for a fun event and they stepped up and helped us have the party of the summer,” said SIC’s s Managing Partner Barry Schwimmer. “Because of their generosity, we are able to provide each of these worthy Connecticut-based organizations a check for $1,500.”

In attendance were members of the SIC staff, and representatives of Future 5, the CT Veterans Legal Center and priceline.com. Established in 2009, Future 5 mentors area high school students and provides them much-needed access to mentors, coaches, potential employers, colleges and others committed to help assisting Stamford students reach their potential.

The CT Veterans Legal Center’s mission is to work with veterans beset with issues like mental health problems and homelessness through the federal government’s system by providing legal representation to those in need. It is the first legal resource group in the US working out of a Veterans Administration mental health facility. SIC is focused on the growth of the tech and startup community in the Stamford region. The firm regularly connects large Fortune 500 companies like Sikorsky and Pitney Bowes with small startups for a variety of events, classes and parties. SIC, located in Stamford’s Old Town Hall has had more than 11,000 visitors since opening its doors in 2012.

“This was a great event for us and there will be many more to come,” said Chief Marketing Officer Peter Propp. “Globally, the startup and tech world is active and engaged in community matters. We’re very pleased that our local community welcomed the opportunity to give financially and have a little fun at the same time.”

About Suzi Craig

Suzi Craig
Suzi Craig is Director of Community Development for Independent Software (www.indie-soft.com) and is leading the 2014 Startup Roadshow effort for The Whiteboard. She brings Connecticut entrepreneurs closer to each other and available startup resources, and to the compelling reasons for starting and growing a business in the state.