Accolades & Awards
From pitch competition and prize winners to grant recipients and local favorite busiensses, IDH celebrates achievements and award-winning activities throughout Connecticut that make our state a great place to live, play, and start and grow businesses.
CT Ranks #13 Most Innovative State
Financial services website WalletHub recently shared the latest state-by-state analysis of where innovation is thriving in the United States, ranking Connecticut number 13.
Community Solutions Provides New Opportunities in Hartford
“We see an opportunity to provide spaces for businesses that would enable them to come in as a startup and then create the relationship and partnerships to help them scale up,” explains John J. Thomas, Assistant Program Manager Real Estate for Community Solutions.
ShopBlackCT.com and YWCA Hartford Region Join Forces to Drive Consumers to Local Black-Owned Beauty Businesses
“This is a historic moment for Connecticut, and what better way to celebrate than to help connect consumers with Black-owned businesses that specialize in beauty products,” said ShopBlackCT.com Founder Sarah Thompson.
The CT Insurance Industry: Dominant and Driving Innovation
Connecticut’s insurance industry, a mainstay for more than two centuries, is anything but stagnant. As the 2020 CT Insurance Market Brief points out, “A few years ago, insurance companies tended to look at InsurTechs as a competitive, disruptive threat. Now, they tend to see a growth opportunity.”
Entrepreneurship Increasing in Connecticut During Pandemic
Between March and October of 2020, more than 26,000 businesses started in Connecticut.
Best Tech Startups in Hartford
“I see a lot of innovation happening here in the BioTech, FinTech, and InsurTech space,” says WealthConductor LLC Co-Founder and CEO Sheryl O’Connor.
CT Ranked in Top 12 States for Technology & Science
Connecticut is among nine states earning a place in the second tier of the 2020 Milken Institute State Technology and Science Index.
Fish-food Entrepreneur Wins UConn’s Wolff Startup Competition
“This award is just the beginning for me,’’ says Pisces Atlantic Founder Peter Goggins.
Connecticut’s Economy Ranks 4th in Innovation in U.S.
For the second consecutive year, Connecticut has been ranked as the nation’s fourth most innovative economy.
reSET Announces 2020 Venture Showcase Award Winners
On June 2, reSET presented the 2020 Venture Showcase virtually.
Hartford Region Recognized for Its Diversity of Opportunities
MetroHartford Alliance President and CEO David Griggs was recently featured in blog by Matt Walker, contributing editor for BadCredit.org, talking about assets of our region.
CT Has Innovation
Connecticut has the nation’s 4th most innovative economy.
More Reasons to Launch a Business in Hartford
Hartford ranks in the top 50 best places to start a business.
CT Innovations Announces Winners of 2019 Global Venture Challenge
Connecticut Innovations announced the winners the 2019 VentureClash Global Venture Challenge.
reSET Awards 2019 Accelerator Venture Showcase Winners
reSET hosted its 2019 Accelerator Venture Showcase Tuesday, June 11 at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT.
CT Startups Receive $54K in Grants at CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards
CTNext awarded grants to five early-stage Connecticut companies at the most recent Entrepreneur Innovation Awards, held April 25, in Haddam, CT.
CT Entrepreneur Awards Announces 2019 Winners
The 2019 CT Entrepreneur Awards were presented April 18 at the Dunkin Donuts stadium in Hartford, CT. The program featured both judged and community-favorite categories.
UConn Receives National Award to Improve Precision Manufacturing
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) recently announced nearly $10 million for 10 projects to help advance its goals and enable U.S. manufacturers to develop and implement innovations that will advance U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, sustainability, and innovation.
Hartford Business Improvement District Receives Top Honors from the IDA
During its 64th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, TX, the International Downtown Association (IDA) recognized the Hartford Business Improvement District (HBID) with two top industry honors.