CTC Growth Cell Network: XcellR8 Update – Hiccupops

CTC’s Growth Cell Network XCellR8 Innovation Cell July 2011 Meeting

Ms. Mallory Kievman presented to the XCellR8 Innovation Cell.  Mallory is a 13 year old from Manchester, CT, and will be an 8th grader at Talcott Mountain Academy in Avon.   Mallory is the creator of Hiccupops– lollipops that stop hiccups in seconds by combining a proprietary blend of all-natural ingredients into a specific lollipop form.  

Mallory developed the idea for her product last summer while researching ways to cure her own hiccups. Hiccupops are patent pending and recently won 3 awards at the 2011 CT Invention Convention.  Mallory and her lollipops have been showcased at the State Capitol, and also on NBC News.  Mallory is now looking to commercialize her invention, and turned to the group for input on go-to-market strategies and thoughts on start up funding/ sources.

Following the XcellR8 session, Nerac hosted the UConn School of Engineering’s Innovate Educate event which included an informal, interactive panel discussion with Catherine Smith, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Mun Y. Choi, Ph.D, Dean, UConn School of Engineering.  Kevin Bouley moderated and focused the discussion of CT’s tech based economic development efforts.  

About the Growth Cell Network

Xcellr8 Innovation Cell

Our mission is to stimulate collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurial activity between leaders and executives of the tech business and education communities.

It’s an opportunity to participate and share thoughts and ideas on how we can best work together to stimulate growth, create innovation and spur economic activity.

We feel it’s important to challenge the status quo, and construct a solid foundation for future growth by utilizing and developing talent that exists today in our region.

Cell Leader: Kevin Bouley, President of Nerac, Inc. Cell Location: Tolland Meeting time and location: 8:00 to 9:00 am, the second Thursday of each month at Nerac, Inc offices in Tolland, One Technology Drive, Tolland, 06084 – Meetings are for cell members only – if you are a technologist based in the Tolland area and are interested in joining the meetings, please contact: Contact: Kevin Bouley, cell leader, kbouley@nerac.com or Paige Rasid, (860) 289-0878, x335 prasid@ct.org

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