In all, CTNext awarded $44,000 in cash prizes to the following entrants:
- 3Dux/design – $10,000
Testing a STEAM platform that incorporates sustainable and repurposed materials into the product, encouraging educational and imaginative play.
- B2 Products – $10,000
Creating a Rapid Patient Mover, which enables rescuers to support a patient from underneath the body without the need to lift or roll the person. Learn more in the Innovation Destination Hartford story: Connecticut Startup Designs Innovative, Patient Mobility Products
- Eir Medical Devices – $12,000
Developing a convenient, affordable and swift rheometer, a device to measure the viscosity of complex fluids such as oil, ink and blood.
- Phood – $10,000
Creating food-waste tracking and analytics software to provide food service professionals with actionable insights to help reduce food-waste volume.
- Sol Wellness –$2,000
Developing an artificial intelligence–enabled algorithm that aggregates data from facial, linguistic and response-time analysis to determine changes in behavior over time.
“It was another successful Entrepreneur Innovation Awards event, with the unique additional feature of having been held alongside the Westport Maker Faire, which certainly added to the environment,” said Glendowlyn Thames, executive director of CTNext.
“All contestants presented some very compelling and eye-opening, innovative ideas. We congratulate the winners and thank our panel of judges, who volunteered their time to thoughtfully evaluate the presentations,” she added.
The five companies, all of which are Connecticut-based, were among eight startups that presented their project ideas to a panel of judges for an opportunity to secure $10,000 awards to help support business growth. 3Dux/design, B2 Products and Phood each won $10,000. Eir Medical Devices won both a $10,000 prize and the $2,000 Judges’ Favorite, while Sol Wellness took home the $2,000 Crowd Favorite award.
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.