Helen Charov is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Invention Convention, whose mission is to foster inventing, innovating and entrepreneurship in elementary and middle school-aged children. With over 10,000 children annually involved in the program in more than half the school districts in Connecticut, the CIC is the longest continuously operating program of its kind in the nation. Helen Charov comes to the CIC from a background in high tech startups, having founded and managed her own and other high tech firms. As an entrepreneur, Helen was "hooked on" the CIC program when she first experienced the energy and enthusiasm of young inventors and entrepreneurs at the 1999 CIC finals event, and joined its Board. She believes the CIC program is transformational for children in developing skills and purpose for their lives by solving their own problems and later, those ahead for the nation and the world. A graduate of NYU, she has lived in Connecticut for 30 years.