Five Connecticut Startups Awarded a Total of $34,000 at CTNext Entrepreneur Innovation Awards

$10,000 Grand Prize Winners Include OnTrack Rehabilitation, QRfertile, and Engagement Solutions

Rocky Hill, Conn. – October 7, 2019 – CTNext, Connecticut’s primary resource for entrepreneurs and innovators, awarded grants to five early-stage Connecticut companies at the most recent Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA), held Thursday, October 3, at the Bijou Theater in Bridgeport.  Following presentations from 10 finalists, the judges awarded $10,000 grand prizes to the following companies:

  • Engagement Solutions, Old Lyme, a web-based platform giving people a quicker and more efficient way to access needed public services, and helping agencies and organizations educate and connect with the people they serve more effectively.
  • On-Track Rehabilitation, Westport, developing a new medical device for faster, smarter and safer treatment of concussions.
  • QRfertile, Farmington, an at-home male fertility diagnostic testing platform.

Additionally, Lotusleaf Therapeutics, New Haven, won the $2,000 Judges’ Favorite Award for development of its therapeutic pillow system for quality sleep during pregnancy. Shop Tomorrows, Weston, took home the $2,000 Crowd Favorite Award for creating a parent-to-parent online marketplace for children’s clothing through local social networks.

“All five of these companies demonstrate the extraordinary breadth of innovative activity happening across Connecticut,” said Glendowlyn Thames, CTNext’s executive director. “We’re proud that the EIA program continues to play a role in helping the state’s most creative entrepreneurs succeed.”

The five companies, all of which are Connecticut-based, were among 10 startups that presented their project ideas to a panel of judges for an opportunity to secure $10,000 awards to help support business growth.

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 has more than 2,900 members in its network. To learn more, visit

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