The winning companies and prize amounts went to:
- Actively AI – $10,000
Creating an automated assistant for wellness businesses that handles customer experience and streamlines operations for staff
- Dualflo – $10,000
Creating a self-seal technology to eliminate the need for open surgery in cardiopulmonary bypass procedures
- Encapsulate – $10,000
Producing an effective chemotherapy solution with a fully automated tumor-on-a-chip pre-prescription analysis
- Encaptiv – $10,000
Developing a web-based presentation, sales and marketing software that integrates artificial intelligence and machine learning
- Kolb Consultants – $12,000
Developing a process to manufacture “Ray-Board,” a kickboard with a new shape that distributes the body weight evenly when swimming
- VigorSential – $2,000
Developing and testing “MycoZaps,” a low-dose vaccine to control Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis),a bacterium mainly affecting cattle that is resistant to common antibiotics
Kolb Consultants won the $2,000 crowd favorite award, while VigorSential took home the $2,000 award for judges’ favorite.
“The EIA continues to provide Connecticut’s startups with an opportunity to showcase their innovations and take home grant dollars to help complete an innovative project,” said Glendowlyn Thames, executive director of CTNext. “As usual, all competitors involved put forth impressive presentations. We applaud them for their efforts and thank the judges for their participation.”
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.