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May 20, 2022

Five CT startups secure funds to pursue their business dreams

Photo | Contributed CTNext Executive Director Onyeka Obiocha.

From keeping seniors safe to putting superfoods on the menu, five Connecticut startups recently got a financial boost to get their businesses up and running.

CTNext, a quasi-public economic development agency, awarded $54,000 in grants at a ceremony May 4.  

The Entrepreneur Innovation Awards (EIA) event was held at Parkville Market in Hartford, where 10 startup companies competed for cash prizes to get their businesses growing.  

CTNext awarded the grants to the following startups:  

  • Bo-Yi (Stamford): A superfoods company bringing the health and vitality of traditional Chinese herbs to Western shelves, while honoring the rich traditions of Asian ancestry.
  • Doctionary (New Haven): Creator of a digital medical keyboard to assist healthcare providers.
  • Empedics (New Haven): A start-up empowering emergency medicine physicians to treat musculoskeletal injuries faster.
  • Sedentary Medical Solutions (Cromwell): A medical device company that keeps the elderly safe and independent.
  • Lactation Consultants (New Hartford): A company developing technologies to encourage optimal breastfeeding experiences for infants and mothers and to share the data wirelessly.  

Each company had to present their project ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to secure $10,000.

In addition to the grand prize, Lactation Consultants took home an additional $4,000 by winning the Fan Favorite and Judges’ Favorite awards.

CTNext Director Onyeka Obiocha lauded the startups. “The EIA continues to provide Connecticut’s most innovative entrepreneurs and startups the opportunity to showcase their ideas and secure funding that will propel their businesses forward,” said Obiocha. “We congratulate the five winning companies and look forward to continuing to support their progress and growth ambitions.”  

CTNext was launched in 2016 to build a community of entrepreneurs and to accelerate startup growth by providing access to talent, space, industry expertise, services, skill development and capital to foster innovation and create jobs in Connecticut.

Since its inception, CTNext has grown to more than 2,220 members in its network. 

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