State helping to turbo-charge business innovation

New Haven — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy popped into one of New Haven’s hotbeds of innovation Thursday to announce that he’s helping it more than double in size—and become part of a new turbo-charged statewide network of startup centers.

The hotbed is a coworking space called The Grove at 71 Orange St. in downtown’s Ninth Square. Officials shut down the street Thursday afternoon as a crowd gathered to hear Malloy make a major announcement: The state is pouring $5 million over five years into four startup “hubs”—at the Grove and in Stamford, Hartford and Storrs—to build a newly dubbed “Innovation Ecosystem.”

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