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CTNext Announces Entrepreneur Innovation Award Finalists

Program has supported 44 promising early-stage companies with nearly $450,000 since 2013


Rocky Hill, Conn. – Sept. 13, 2016CTNext, Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, today announced the finalists for its tenth Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA), a competitive pitch event designed to help Connecticut’s promising early-stage companies develop their ideas and get products to market faster.

The Shark Tank-style finals event, to be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford, will feature 10 finalists who will compete for $10,000 grants for innovative projects.

The finalists include:

  • Asarasi, Inc. (Cos Cob)
  • Bariatric Collar, LLC (Mansfield)
  • Eureeka (New Britain)
  • EZ ICE, Inc. (New Haven)
  • GinzVelo, LLC (West Hartford)
  • Lucca Ventures Inc.(Southington)
  • Medframe, LLC (Storrs)
  • MindNest Health (New Haven)
  • Pelletric, LLC (Norwalk)
  • TruckHike (Waterbury)

To be eligible for the EIA, startups must be CTNext members based in Connecticut and looking to conduct growth-related activities to help advance their business. Since launching in 2013, the CTNext EIA program has awarded $446,000 to 44 companies across Connecticut.

The judges for the event include:

  • Liddy Karter, Enhanced Capital Connecticut
  • Mark Lasoff, LearnToProgram.tv
  • Jennifer McFadden, Yale School of Management
  • Craig Mullett, Branison Group, LLC
  • Mike Roer, The Entrepreneurship Foundation

Event Details:
What: Entrepreneur Innovation Awards
When: Sept. 15, 2016
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Bill Miller’s Castle 834 East Main Street (Route 1) Branford, 06405

Registration: http://eiabmillercastle.eventbrite.com

As an extension of the event, CTNext is also offering a pop-up complimentary coworking space (from 3 to 5 p.m.) for attendees.

About CTNext
CTNext is Connecticut’s go-to 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 was launched in 2012 and current membership number is 1,447. Learn more at www.ctnext.com.

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