Following presentations from 10 finalists, the judges awarded $10,000 grand prizes to:
- Payball – Norwalk, CT: Developing an easier, digital way for amateur sport organizations to pay officials, event staff and coaches.
- Peak Performance Leadership – Killingworth, CT: Creating a variation on a rope protection system for military and first responders to increase product lifespan.
- Raise Green — New Haven, CT: Creating a crowdfunding portal to finance renewable energy and climate solution projects.
- YouCOMM – Farmington, CT: Developing a patient-caregiver communication system that will replace antiquated call bell systems.
In adition, Lactation Innovations, a Canterbury company developing a non-invasive sensor that detects the volume of milk a baby ingests and provides feedback to the mother, won the $2,000 Crowd Favorite award, while Secure Election Systems of Westport, a startup developing an iPad-sized electronic absentee voting booth, took home the $2,000 Judges’ Favorite prize.
“The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards continue to showcase some of the most innovative and promising young companies across the state,” said CTNext executive director Glendowlyn Thames. “We’re looking forward to following the progress of the companies that took home awards and wish all the competitors the best as they work to advance their ideas and visions.”
The six Connecticut-based companies were among 10 startups that presented their project ideas to a panel of judges for an opportunity to secure $10,000 awards to help support business growth.
CTNext is a Connecticut-based resource for entrepreneurial support. The goal of the program is to build a more robust community of entrepreneurs and to accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development, and capital to foster innovation and create jobs for people in Connecticut. CTNext launched in 2012 and has more than 1,500 members in its network.