Entrepreneur Innovation Awards

Want Connecticut’s Innovation Ecosystem to fund your idea? We’d love to help. CTNext, a support network for Connecticut entrepreneurs, is looking to give our state’s most promising startups—yours!—grants of up to $10,000 to fund projects that help to advance businesses.

Selected applicants will then be invited to one of our Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIAs) events for the final phase of review, where you’ll be asked to present your idea live to a panel comprised of entrepreneurial experts.

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Any Connecticut startup is eligible. Projects for an EIA must have a clear deliverable milestone that helps a company propel itself to the next stage. Projects can include small-scale prototyping, preparatory work for R&D, performance testing, compliance testing, product or service development, innovation or technology audits, market research, customer development, engineering design, technology transfer, or licensing.

Expenses ineligible for funding include any expenditure of time by in-house personnel of the applicant, routine and readily-predictable business expenses, any administrative fee or surcharge for administering these expenditures, design and production of marketing or advertising materials, promotion activities, costs associated with applying for government grants or programs, costs of internships or support for students of knowledge institutions, basic professional services such as ongoing routine accounting, tax and legal business requirements or financing fees, routine testing and maintenance, travel and entertainment costs, or hospitality costs.

Applicant must submit:

• Online application

• PowerPoint describing the company, proposed project and budget (template provided)

• Letters of good standing from the Department of Labor, Secretary of State and Department of Revenue Services

• An optional five-minute video pitch, specific to the proposed project

• Online registration as a CTNext Member, JOIN HERE

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Although each project cannot exceed $10,000, applicants are eligible to win $30,000 in grants over the lifetime of the company. Therefore, applicants can submit and be awarded $10,000 grants up to three times. Grant projects should begin upon receipt of the EIA offer letter. The grant must be used to pay for the work as outlined in the application process.  Funds are disbursed directly to the awarded company based on project milestones. Please keep in mind that awardees are expected to achieve the project’s scope of services as outlined and approved in the application.  Any substantial changes must be consistent with the overall intention of the approved project and communicated with CTNext.  Any termination of the project by the award recipient must also be communicated to CTNext.

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July 23, 2018
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March 29, 2018
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March 29, 2018
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September 15, 2009
$10,000.00
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Azitra
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Tolland, CT
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March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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Yale School of Management
October 15, 2006
$10,000.00
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March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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$10,000.00
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March 29, 2018
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eBrevia
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$10,000.00
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LOFT @ Chelsea Piers
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$10,000.00
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Elidah
Monroe, CT
Yale School of Management
October 15, 2006
$10,000.00
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Enviro Power
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Yale School of Management
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$10,000.00
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Envirowerks
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Long Wharf Theater
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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College Street Music Hall
March 29, 2018
$15,000.00
Eureeka
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Bill Miller's Castlet
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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EverList
Old Saybrook, CT
Yale School of Management
October 15, 2006
$2,000.00
EverSci
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CT Science Center
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$12,000.00
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EZ ICE
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Bill Miller's Castlet
March 29, 2018
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The Outer Space
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FaceChecks
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Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
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FallCall Solutions
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The Outer Space
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Fitscript
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Ivoryton Playhouse
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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Fjord Weather Systems
Stamford, CT
LOFT @ Chelsea Piers
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Freedible, Inc.
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Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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GestVision
Guilford, CT
Ivoryton Playhouse
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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GestVision
Guilford, CT
College Street Music Hall
March 29, 2018
$15,000.00
Green Buildings.com
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Bijou Event
July 23, 2018
$10,000.00
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Connecticut Historical Society
April 3, 2018
$10,000.00
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Lucca Ventures
Southington, CT
Bill Miller's Castlet
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
Lucca Ventures
Southington, CT
LOFT @ Chelsea Piers
July 23, 2018
$10,000.00
Medframe
Storrs, CT
Bill Miller's Castlet
July 23, 2018
$10,000.00
OBVIA
West Hartford, CT
Garde Art Center
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
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OBVIA
West Hartford, CT
LOFT @ Chelsea Piers
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
Olie Robotics
Manchester, CT
Garde Art Center
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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OuttaVue
Old Lyme, CT
Bijou Theatre
July 23, 2018
$10,000.00
Pelletric
Norwalk, CT
Bill Miller's Castlet
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Ray Lighting + Design Studios
Hartford, CT
Infinity Hall
September 15, 2009
$10,000.00
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Rumble Helmet
Bridgeport, CT
The Outer Space
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
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Infinity Hall
September 15, 2009
$12,000.00
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Stamford, CT
Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Sitrep
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The Outer Space
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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SnapSeat
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Garde Art Center
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Sweetflexx
Marlborough, CT
Connecticut Historical Society
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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The Brothers Crisp
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The TubieGuard
South Windsor, CT
Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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Thrivio
Trumbull, CT
Garde Art Center
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
TotalHouseHold
Bethel, CT
Palace Theatre
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Meriden, CT
Long Wharf Event
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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Palace Theatre
March 29, 2018
$2,000.00
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Infinity Hall
September 15, 2009
$2,000.00
Trinity Mobile Networks
New Haven, CT
Ivoryton Playhouse
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
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URISE
Hartford, CT
Garde Art Center
July 23, 2018
$10,000.00
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VAL Health
Stamford, CT
Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Verb Energy
New Haven, CT
Connecticut Historical Society
July 23, 2018
$12,000.00
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Verb Energy
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College Street Music Hall
July 23, 2018
$35,000.00
Vesselon
Norwalk, CT
Long Wharf Theater
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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Voda
Storrs, CT
Bijou Theatre
March 29, 2018
$12,000.00
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Ware
Darien, CT
Infinity Hall
September 15, 2009
$10,000.00
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Wellinks
New Haven, CT
Long Wharf Theater
March 28, 2018
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New Haven, CT
Long Wharf Theater
March 29, 2018
$10,000.00
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