September 19, 2018

CTNext awards $54K for startup growth

HBJ PHOTO | MATT PILON
HBJ PHOTO | MATT PILON
Members of the CTNext board of directors listen to an Innovation Places pitch at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain.

CTNext, the state's quasi-public entrepreneurship booster, says it awarded $54,000 in grants to six Connecticut startups at the Entrepreneur Innovations Awards (EIA) last week.

CTNext, a subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, hosts the annual pitch event for budding startups and entrepreneurs looking to score funding toward a project that will accelerate growth. This year's event was held at Old Town Hall in Stamford.

The winners include:

  • Kolb Consultants ($12,000) -- Developing a process to manufacture a kickboard that distributes the body weight evenly when swimming.

  • Actively AI ($10,000) - Creating an automated assistant for wellness businesses that handles customer experience and streamlines operations for staff.

  • Dualflo ($10,000) -- Creating a self-seal technology to eliminate the need for open surgery in cardiopulmonary bypass procedures.

  • Encapsulate ($10,000) -- Producing an effective chemotherapy solution with a fully automated tumor-on-a-chip, pre-prescription analysis.

  • Encaptiv ($10,000) -- Developing a web-based presentation, sales and marketing software that pairs AI and machine learning.

  • VigorSential ($2,000) -- Testing and developing a low-dose vaccine to control a bacterium mainly affecting cattle, which is resistant to common antibiotics.

Kolb Consultants also won the $2,000 crowd favorite award and VigorSential notched the $2,000 award for judges' favorite.

Launched in 2012, CTNext currently has over 2,500 members.

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