Having recently been named one of the top 10 cities where the most educated Millennials live, Hartford is quickly becoming one of the top cities for young professionals. With the city’s job growth and the recent opening of the new Uconn campus, many young professionals are looking for areas and events where they can expand their network. And, with Hartford’s unique and artistic culture, “networking” goes beyond just your typical mundane work events. Check out these recurring events below that are great for young professionals to meet others, and more importantly, have a good time.
HYPE (Hartford Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs)
If you are looking to meet exciting young, like-minded people in the Hartford area, one of the first places you should look to is HYPE. With a mission to help young professionals become better engaged in community life, expand professional and social opportunities and become ambassadors for the Hartford Region, this group has grown into one of America’s largest young professionals networks. From trips to Mohegan Sun to breakfast with the Hartford Yard Goats, HYPE hosts 70 annual events, creating fun opportunities for you to network with others in the Hartford Region.
KNOW GOOD Market
The KNOW GOOD Market isn’t quite your typical networking event. This ‘open-air market,’ held at Hog River Brewery in Parkville, offers delicious cuisine from local food trucks, goods from local vendors, and craft beer from the brewery. Long picnic tables are set up outside, where you can sit, mingle, and meet some new friends! The KNOW GOOD Market is held on the second Thursday of every month, starting in April and lasting all through to November.
Creative Cocktail Hour
Similar to the KNOW GOOD Market, Hartford’s Creative Cocktail Hour is another unconventional networking event to look for. Located on the bottom floor of the Real Art Ways building, you can enjoy sipping cocktails while mingling with other local young professionals, many in the creative industry. Also, enjoy live music from local artists and the ever-changing exhibits on view. Creative Cocktail Hour is held on the third Thursday of every month, with tickets sold at the door for $10, or $5 for Real Art Ways members.