CTNext Announces Details for Innovation Places Showcase and Entrepreneur Innovation Awards All-Stars Competition

Event celebrating CTNext programs to be held on January 18 at College Street Music Hall in New Haven

Rocky Hill, Conn. – January 11, 2018 – CTNext, Connecticut’s go-to resource for entrepreneurial support, today announced it will host an Innovation Places Showcase, the first of back-to-back events celebrating CTNext programs to be held on Thursday, January 18, at the College Street Music Hall in New Haven. Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the showcase will feature presentations from and a panel discussion with representatives from the winning communities.

The Innovation Places showcase will include presentations from project leaders from the Hartford/E. Hartford, New Haven, Thames River and Stamford Innovation Place teams discussing their plans and progress, to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Scott Andes, fellow with the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking.

Following the showcase and beginning at 5:00 p.m., CTNext will host the Entrepreneur Innovation Award (EIA) All-Stars pitch event, where six past EIA winners will compete for a $30,000 grant.

The competing companies in EIA All-Stars include:

  • Autobeacon (September 2015 winner): Creating a comprehensive connected-car solution for teen drivers that helps parents prevent, monitor and modify all common forms of dangerous and distracted teen driving before they lead to an accident
  • Envirowerks (July 2104 winner): Creating HodPod, a machine to convert a methanol-water mixture to hydrogen, reducing fuel cost and emissions
  • GestVision (October 2014 winner): Providing physicians with a diagnostic test to aid in the prompt diagnosis of preeclampsia and management of patient care
  • Obvia (May 2015 winner): Creating a lightweight, dual-winglet blade for small to mid-sized wind turbines that is both energy- and cost-efficient
  • Trifecta Ecosystems (July 2014 winner): Further developing aGrow, a vertical tower aquaponic system that will increase agricultural production
  • Verb Energy (February 2017 winner): Manufacturing a healthy, caffeinated energy bar that combines your cup of coffee and an energy bar for less cost

EIA All-Stars, the Shark Tank–style pitch event hosted by CTNext for which Connecticut-based startups and entrepreneurs compete for grants that can be applied toward a specific project that will help accelerate growth. Since launching EIA in 2014, CTNext has held 13 EIA events, awarding a total of $642,000 to 58 unique companies.

“This is going to be a fantastic day celebrating two of the vital CTNext programs helping promote innovation and entrepreneurialism across the state,” said Glendowlyn Thames, executive director of CTNext. “This will be a great opportunity to hear about the progress achieved with the designated Innovation Places. And we are equally excited to welcome back the best of the past EIA winners for opportunity to demonstrate the progress they’ve made in bringing their innovative ideas to market.”

Both events are open to the public and free to attend with registration. To register, visit:

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 launched in 2012 and has more than 2,000 members in its network. To learn more, visit

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Director of Marketing and Communications
P: 860.258.7829


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