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

• 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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April 21, 2018
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February 27, 2014
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January 21, 2016
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Hamden, CT
Ivoryton Playhouse
October 23, 2014
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January 21, 2016
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Bill Miller's Castle
September 15, 2016
$12,000.00
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West Hartford, CT
Infinity Hall
September 9, 2015
$10,000.00
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New Haven, CT
CT Science Center
April 4, 2014
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Tolland, CT
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March 19, 2015
$12,000.00
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April 21, 2018
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Babyation
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June 10, 2015
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March 19, 2015
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BioPellet
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October 23, 2014
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CaroGen
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April 4, 2014
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Delight Design
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September 14, 2017
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Dura Biotech
Storrs, CT
Bijou Theatre
February 27, 2014
$10,000.00
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eBrevia
Stamford, CT
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April 4, 2014
$10,000.00
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$10,000.00
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April 21, 2018
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Elidah
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June 10, 2015
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Yale School of Management
June 10, 2015
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Envirowerks
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January 18, 2018
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EverList
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CT Science Center
April 4, 2014
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EZ ICE
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Bill Miller's Castle
September 15, 2016
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September 14, 2017
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October 23, 2014
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June 15, 2017
$10,000.00
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Freedible, Inc.
Darien, CT
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January 21, 2016
$10,000.00
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Guilford, CT
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October 23, 2014
$10,000.00
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College Street Music Hall
January 18, 2018
$15,000.00
Green Buildings.com
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Bijou Event
February 27, 2014
$10,000.00
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GV Hybrid Electric Cycle
West Hartford, CT
Connecticut Historical Society
February 16, 2017
$10,000.00
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Lucca Ventures
Southington, CT
Bill Miller's Castlet
September 15, 2016
$12,000.00
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June 15, 2017
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September 15, 2016
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Garde Art Center
May 26, 2016
$12,000.00
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June 15, 2017
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Garde Art Center
May 26, 2016
$10,000.00
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Bijou Theatre
January 21, 2016
$10,000.00
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September 15, 2016
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April 21, 2018
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September 9, 2015
$10,000.00
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Bridgeport, CT
The Outer Space
September 14, 2017
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Infinity Hall
September 9, 2015
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Stamford, CT
Bijou Theatre
January 21, 2016
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September 14, 2017
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Garde Art Center
May 26, 2016
$10,000.00
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New Haven, CT
Branson Hall, Westport
April 21, 2018
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Sweetflexx
Marlborough, CT
Connecticut Historical Society
February 16, 2017
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The Brothers Crisp
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CT Science Center
April 4, 2014
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The TubieGuard
South Windsor, CT
Bijou Theatre
January 21, 2016
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Thrivio
Trumbull, CT
Garde Art Center
May 26, 2016
$12,000.00
TotalHouseHold
Bethel, CT
Palace Theatre
March 19, 2015
$10,000.00
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Meriden, CT
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July 17, 2014
$12,000.00
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March 19, 2015
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Infinity Hall
September 9, 2015
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Trinity Mobile Networks
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Ivoryton Playhouse
October 23, 2014
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URISE
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Garde Art Center
May 26, 2016
$10,000.00
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Stamford, CT
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February 27, 2014
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New Haven, CT
Connecticut Historical Society
February 16, 2017
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College Street Music Hall
January 18, 2018
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Norwalk, CT
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July 17, 2014
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Storrs, CT
Bijou Theatre
February 27, 2014
$12,000.00
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Ware
Darien, CT
Infinity Hall
September 9, 2015
$10,000.00
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Wellinks
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Long Wharf Theater
July 17, 2014
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