Rocky Hill, Conn. – September 12, 2017 – CTNext, Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, today announced the finalists that will have the opportunity to pitch at the next Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA) event scheduled for Thursday, September 14, at The Space in Hamden.
The companies competing for $10,000 grants include:
- Bariatric Collar: Creating a bariatric collar, an effective solution to immobilizing bariatric patients to be used by emergency medical services (EMS) providers
- Deo2Go: Creating a topical delivery device that can be filled with a variety of products, such as deodorant, lip balm and sunscreen
- EZ ICE: Manufacturing a kit for a custom and portable backyard ice rink that can be assembled in under an hour, with no tools and on any surface
- FallCall Solutions: Creating a telemonitoring system for Apple Watch and other mobile systems for elders and caregivers
- Global Grammarian: Creating an innovative and unique solution to teach English grammar
- GV Hybrid Electric Cycles: Building a “velomobile,” an enclosed bicycle that is safer and more versatile than a traditional bicycle
- Oscilloscape: Developing a novel approach to sound analysis based on auditory neuroscience
- Rumble Helmet: Developing a smart bicycle helmet that has embedded features designed to communicate the cyclist’s intentions to other road users
- Sitrep: Creating a system for better communication of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) problems
- Trekeffect: Developing a platform to let individual travel planners buy and sell their itineraries
To determine the finalist pool, each company’s application was vetted by a separate and independent team of reviewers who deemed their products, services and/or business ideas worthy of consideration for an EIA. Each finalist will have an opportunity to compete for a $10,000 grant as well as the judges’ and crowd favorite awards, in the amount of $2,000 each.
The judges who will hear the company pitches and determine the winners include:
- Doug Campbell, Angel Investor Forum
- Donna Cyr, UConn Health Center
- Liddy Karter, Connecticut Venture Group
- Patricia McLaughlin, Governance & Research Analyst, Connecticut Economic Resource Center (CERC)
- Ripi Singh, Plus4Pi
Throughout the year, CTNext hosts the EIA, a Shark Tank–style pitch event where Connecticut-based startups and entrepreneurs compete for grants that can be applied toward a specific project that will help accelerate growth. Since inception in 2014, the Entrepreneur Innovation Awards have traveled to cities and towns all over Connecticut and have awarded $588,000 to 57 unique companies.
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 launched in 2012 and has more than 1,800 members in its network. To learn more, visit www.ctnext.com.