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2011 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit

Connecticut Technology Council Honors Emerging Technology Companies for Accomplishments, Potential at Fifth Annual Innovation Pipeline Awards

70 "Companies to Watch" Showcase Innovative Technologies in Poster Fair


View the submissions for our Video Elevator Pitch Competition

Nearly 400 entrepreneurs, investors and service providers gathered on October 27, 2011 at The Omni Hotel in New Haven for the Fifth Annual Innovation Pipeline Awards, a celebration of the most promising early stage and emerging technology companies in Connecticut identified by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) as having the best potential to be a successful enterprise.


The Pipeline Awards was part of a larger event being held that day called the: Cantor Colburn/CCAT/ First Niagara Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summit, which included the Northeast ACA Angel Summit  sponsored by Connecticut's Angel Investor Forum. Nearly 100 angel investors from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania attended to hear from five companies presented to fellow angels by one of the many participating angel groups for the sake of deal syndication. As that early day program came to an end, the crowd was joined by nearly another 300 attendees for the late afternoon/ evening program, the Pipeline Awards followed by the Technology Showcase.  70 "Companies to Watch" sharing their technology products and services with attendees in a poster fair.   For the complete list of the 2011 Companies to Watch, click here.

Pictures from the Event 

Video of the Event


Kip Bergstrom, DECD Deputy Commissioner, with a few words on the state of Connecticut's Innovation Ecosystem

The 2011 Innovation Pipeline Awards winners:

1. Most Promising Technology Product of the Year - a tie between Dark Field Technologies, Orange and Autotether, Inc., Chester

Dark field


2. Most Promising Software Product of the Year Occams Resources, New Haven


3. Most Promising New Internet/New Media Company of the YearSeeClickFix, New Haven


4. Most Promising Life Sciences Company of the YearBiorasis, Inc., Storrs


5. Most Promising New Green Tech Company of the YearCentritec Seals, LLC, East Hartford

Centritec seals

Elevator Pitch Competition:

View the submissions for our Video Elevator Pitch Competition,   the top 3 pitches were chosen from these to compete for a $10,000 web design prize provided by Digital Surgeons - the companies presenting were: Small Talk, Sir Groovy and My Luck Club.


Smalltalk pic

And the winner is…

Sir groovy2

Sir Groovy has asked that we pull the elevator pitch from this post – Sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment – CTC 


Sponsors: Presenting sponsors of this year's event were: the law firm of Cantor Colburn, the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and First Niagara Bank. Supporting sponsors included: the Ambrose Group, CNA Insurance, the Dickstein Shapiro LLP law firm, Digital Surgeons, the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, the accounting firm of Fiondella, Milone and LaSaracina, Open Solutions Inc., TriNet HR Corporation and Wellstone Insurance.




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