Connecticut Technology Council Honors Emerging Technology Companies for Accomplishments and Potential at Seventh Annual Connecticut
76 “Tech Companies To Watch” Showcased Innovative Technologies, Six Winners Named
HARTFORD, Conn. (November 7, 2013) – Nearly 450 entrepreneurs, investors and service providers gathered on November 7, 2013, at The Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford for the Seventh Annual Connecticut Innovation Summit; a gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, and those who want to learn about and celebrate Connecticut’s top innovators and intriguing high-potential companies. The 76 Tech Companies To Watch were identified by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) as having the best potential to be a successful enterprise. The 2013 CTC event was produced in concert with Crossroads Venture Group, CTNEXT, Angel Investor Forum, and CURE.
The day began with a “funding fair” where all attendees had the opportunity to meet with a variety of exhibitors representing different types of funding sources including venture capital firms, banks, and angel groups. Also exhibiting were premiere professional service providers offering resources particular to entrepreneurs and emerging companies.
Simultaneously, Tech Companies To Watch participated in 15 minute private conferences with mentors who offered advice on such topics as marketing, IP protection, securing talent and fundraising. Both the funding fair and the one-on-one mentor meetings were new event activities this year.
As in previous years, the 76 companies also delivered three-minute pitches to judges in what was called the Pitch Fest. The five best rated pitches later competed for $10,000 in free services from the New Haven marketing firm Digital Surgeons. The winner, selected by audience vote, was American Oil Solutions, a Bridgeport company that recycles used hydrocarbon products, such as tires, and turns them into oil and other products through a closed-loop pollution-free process. American Oil Solutions seeks to become the market leader in hydrocarbon product recycling. The four other Pitch Fest Finalists were eBrevia Inc. out of Stamford, LearnToProgram Inc. out of Vernon, SHARKMARX out of East Hartford, and Tangen Biosciences LLC out of Guilford.
The highlight of the Summit was the TCTW expo where the 76 companies showed off their technology to attendees and talked with potential investors and customers.
The Summit concluded with the awards ceremony and the presentation of five “most promising” awards as follows:
1. Most Promising Technology Product of the Year – MediaCrossing, Inc., Stamford. MediaCrossing serves the needs of select publishers, marketers, and agencies as a digital media trader in guaranteed and programmatic digital media.
2. Most Promising Software Product of the Year – Device42, LLC, New Haven. Device42’s product is a comprehensive data center management software tool for IT infrastructure teams.
3. Most Promising Internet/New Media Company of the Year – Movable Media, Greenwich
Movable Media is a content marketing company that enables content with a built-in audience. Brands use its content development services to commission original content from well-known authors with followings expanding the reach of authors’ content through both organic amplification, as well as paid channels.
4. Most Promising Life Sciences Product of the Year – Carogen Corporation, Hamden.
Carogen corporation is an emerging biopharmaceutical company with an entirely new vaccine platform technology developed at the Yale University School of Medicine.
5. Most Promising Environmental/Green Tech Product of the Year – American Oil Solutions, Bridgeport. American Oil Solutions technology recycles used hydrocarbon products such as tires into oil and other products.
Congratulations to the 2013 Tech Companies To Watch:
|Act!vate Brain & Body Inc.||Farmington||Life Sciences|
|AdapTac Games LLC||Darien||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Advanced Business Banking Solutions LLC||Wethersfield||Software|
|AgriFuels LLC||East Hartford||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Agrivolution LLC||Groton||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Ameri Energy Group||Essex||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|American Oil Solutions||Bridgeport||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Applivate||New Haven||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Bartron Medical Imaging, LLC||New Haven||Life Sciences|
|Beau Frog Technologies||New Haven||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Biorasis, Inc.||Storrs||Life Sciences|
|CaroGen Corporation||Hamden||Life Sciences|
|Combat2Career (C2C, LLC)||East Hartford||Software|
|Covalent Coating Technologies, LLC||East Hartford||Advanced Manufacturing|
|Dark Field Technologies, Inc.||Orange||Advanced Manufacturing|
|Defencall, Inc||New Canaan||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Device42 LLC||New Haven||Software|
|Eco Hybrid Solar||Stamford||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Electric Truck, LLC / Harvest NRG, Inc.||Greenwich||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Eli Nutrition, Inc||New Haven||Life Sciences|
|Engineered Carbon Solutions||Norwich||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Eniware, LLC||Washington DC||Life Sciences|
|Expertool Paradigm, LLC||Durham||Software|
|FXQ Engineering Group||Naugatuck||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Garage Juice Bar, LLC||Tolland||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|GoNation||Milford||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|HEVO Power||New York||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Image Insight, Inc.||East Hartford||Software|
|Intensity Therapeutics, Inc.||Norwalk||Life Sciences|
|iQCoPay||Madison||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|IQ-EQ Systems, LLC||New Haven||Software|
|IQusic||New Haven||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|LearnToProgram, Inc.||Vernon||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|LightningBuy||Bridgeport||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Materials Technologies Corporation||Monroe||Advanced Manufacturing|
|MediaCrossing||Stamford||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Milnaa Inc||Sunnyvale||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Movable Media||Greenwich||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|My Luck Club||Trumbull||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|NerdsToGo, Inc.||Guilford||Consumer Products|
|Orchid Advisors LLC||Hartford||Other/Consulting|
|Our Club Collection LLC||Stratford||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Planet Fuel Beverage Company||Fairfield||Consumer Products|
|RPM Sustainable Technologies, Inc||Tolland||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Q Bank Group||Greenwich||Life Sciences|
|Recruiter.com, LLC||Farmington||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|Specialized Data Systems, Inc.||East Haven||Software|
|Tangen Biosciences LLC||Guilford||Life Sciences|
|Test My Pitch, LLC||Ivoryton||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
|The BullBag||Branford||Energy/Environment/Green Tech|
|Ultradian Diagnostics, LLC.||Rensselaer||Life Sciences|
|Vantage Point Healthcare Information Systems||New Milford||Software|
|Woven Orthopedic Technologies||Manchester||Life Sciences|
|Xyllabus||Farmington||New Media / Internet / Telecom|
Presenting sponsors of this year’s event were: the law firms of Cantor Colburn LLP and Dickstein Shapiro LLP, and First Niagara Bank. Supporting sponsors included: Connecticut Innovations, Digital Surgeons, the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, the accounting firm of Fiondella, Milone and LaSaracina, Fiserv, Inc, The Hartford, The HB Group, and TriNet HR Corporation.
The Connecticut Technology Council is a statewide association of technology-oriented companies and institutions, providing leadership in areas of policy advocacy, community building and assistance for growing companies. Speaking for over 2,000 companies that employ some 200,000 residents, the Connecticut Technology Council seeks to provide a strong and urgent voice in support of the creation of a culture of innovation. This includes working to position Connecticut as a leader in idea creation, workforce preparation, entrepreneurial aptitude, early stage risk capital availability and providing on-going support and mentoring to high potential firms. Online at: www.CT.org.
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