Emerging Tech Companies – 8th Annual Innovation Summit



Connecticut Technology Council Honors Emerging Technology Companies for Accomplishments and Potential at Eighth Annual Innovation Summit

87 “Tech Companies to Watch” Showcased Innovative Technologies, Winners Named


HARTFORD, Conn. (November 13, 2014) – Nearly 450 entrepreneurs, investors and service providers gathered on November 12, 2013, at The Toyota Presents Oakdale Theater in Wallingford for the Eighth Annual 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 87 Tech Companies To Watch were identified by the Connecticut Technology Council (CTC) as having the best potential to be a successful enterprise. The 2014 CTC event was produced in concert with Crossroads Venture Group, the Angel Investor Forum, and CURE.


The day concluded with a group of awards being presented which included:


  1. Most Promising Technology Product of the Year – Zetroz, Inc of Trumbull.  ZetrOZ  is an innovative ultrasound technology company focused on developing a new generation of ultrasound products and applications using a powerful, proprietary miniaturization technology.


  1. Most Promising Software Product of the Year – Logic Broker, Inc of Shelton. Logicbroker delivers a cloud-based platform for supply chain data integration and automation and effortlessly exchanges procurement information electronically with websites, ERP, suppliers, and trading partners.


  1. Most Promising Internet/New Media Company of the Year – Lokel Yokel Media, LLC of Stamford. Local Yokel Media helps digital marketers reach local customers, nationwide, through hyperlocal content.  Its ad platform aggregates thousands of hyperlocal websites and blogs, organizes them by geography and empowers marketers to efficiently and authentically reach into tightly-defined local markets.


  1. Most Promising Life Sciences Product of the Year – SurgiQuest, Inc, of Milford. SurgiQuest has developed a radically different laparoscopic trocar device that improves not only how surgical operations are performed but by how patients respond to surgery itself, both during and after the procedure.


  1. Most Promising Environmental/Green Tech Product of the Year – Dry Flush LLC of Hamden, Dry Flush manufactures Laveo,™  a self-contained, waterless and chemical-free toilet technology ideal for camping, hunting, RV’s, boats, planes, vans, trucks, cabins, construction sites and all remote locations.


Other winning companies included Solvilla Energy of East Hartford, which is building a solar roofing system designed to function as both roof and solar panel.  It won a $2500 cash award from TECHCONN (Technology for Connecticut, Inc.) TECHCONN presented a second $2500 cash award to Body Biolytics, a Stonington company developing a wearable device platform using a combination of OEM hardware and software applications for fall detection and hydration monitoring for the elderly and athletic markets.


CMEEC, the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and located in Norwich, also presented two cash awards of $2,500, the first to Brash Engines of Branford, which is working to perfect an alternative to internal combustion engines for many applications and which can provide high fuel economy from a wide range of fuels. Its second award went to SecurRF. Secure RF is a Shelton firm specializing in encryption technologies.


As in previous years, companies were invited to deliver three-minute elevator pitches to judges in what was called the Pitch Fest. The four best rated pitches competed for $4,000 in prizes award by the Angel Investor Forum, the state’s largest angel group. The winners, selected by a group of 16 angels who voted during the “Pitch Fest,” were Knipbio, a company that produces a dried protein powder that is formulated into a commercial feed ingredient, Mingl, a networking platform for users to connect and engage fellow attendees at events or unplanned social situations, Tru Optic, a provider of real-time and predictive audience intelligence for marketers and advertisers, and Elidah, an early stage medical device company developing a non-invasive treatment for female stress urinary incontinence.


The event day also featured a “funding fair” where this year’s selected companies met with funders from the state, venture capital firms, banks, and angel groups while also conferring with a variety of resources from professional services firms that have technology practices.


Simultaneously, Tech Companies To Watch were able to schedule two 10 minute private conferences with mentors who offered advice on such topics as marketing, IP protection, securing talent and fundraising.

The highlight of the day was the TCTW expo where the 87 companies showed off their technology to attendees and talked with potential investors and customers.

A complete list of the 2014 Tech Companies To Watch and their town/city and technology category is provided below:

Company Name City State Industry Category:
Alphachromics Farmington CT Advanced Manufacturing
Covalent Coating Technologies, LLC East Hartford CT Advanced Manufacturing
Anchor Science LLC Branford CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
BRASH Engines, Inc. Branford CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
Dry Flush, LLC Hamden CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
ESCO Advisors Danbury CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
KnipBio Harvard MA Energy / Environment / Green Technology
New Ideas and Innovations, LLC Madison CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
SolVilla Energy, Inc. East Hartford CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
Voda Storrs CT Energy / Environment / Green Technology
109 Design New Haven CT Life Sciences
Act!vate Brain & Body, Inc. Farmington CT Life Sciences
Aria Neurosciences, Inc Hamden CT Life Sciences
ARKAY Therapeutics, LLC East Windsor NJ Life Sciences
Bioarray Therapeutics, Inc. Farmington CT Life Sciences
Body Biolytics Stonington CT Life Sciences
CaroGen Corporation Hamden CT Life Sciences
Dura Biotech Storrs CT Life Sciences
Elidah Sandy Hook CT Life Sciences
GestVision, Inc Guilford CT Life Sciences
ImStem Biotechnology, Inc. Farmington CT Life Sciences
Intensity Therapeutics, Inc. Westport CT Life Sciences
LambdaVision Incorporated Farmington CT Life Sciences
MicroNaiad New Haven CT Life Sciences
Nature’s Fingerprint LLC Niantic CT Life Sciences
NovaTract Surgical, Inc. Madison CT Life Sciences
Nurse Born Products Cheshire CT Life Sciences
Presymtec Medical Quarryville PA Life Sciences
SecLingua Shelton CT Life Sciences
SurgiQuest Milford CT Life Sciences
Woven Orthopedic Technologies, LLC Manchester CT Life Sciences
ZetrOZ Trumbull CT Life Sciences
Applivate, LLC New Haven CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Colupon LLC Danbury CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Discover Video, LLC Wallingford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
fanum.fm New York NY New Media / Internet / Telecom
Finstats.com Wilton CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
GoNation Milford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
IQzic New Haven CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
KnockMedia New Haven CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Local Yokel Media Stamford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
MEA Mobile New Haven CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
MILNAA, Inc Sunnyvale CA New Media / Internet / Telecom
MoonBase3 East Hartford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
QuadJobs Greenwich CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Reality Crowd TV Media Corp. Astoria NY New Media / Internet / Telecom
Realizers Group Old Greenwich CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Recruiter.com Farmington CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Slooh, LLC East Hartford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
SnapSeat Photo Booths Hartford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Tamion Corp dba Weezoo.com East Berlin CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Test My Pitch Ivoryton CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
TotalHousehold Inc. Danbury CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Trinity Mobile Networks Inc. New Haven, CT CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Tru Optik Data Corp. Stamford CT New Media / Internet / Telecom
Competegy, LLC Farmington CT Other/Consumer Products
Karaoke Heroes LLC New Haven CT Other/Consumer Products
The Brothers Crisp Hartford CT Other/Consumer Products
Accelatis LLC Wilton CT Software
AdapTac Games LLC Stamford CT Software
API Wizard Stamford CT Software
Basic6 Westport CT Software
Cashpath Financial Stamford Ct Software
CloudX Inc Suffield CT Software
Continuity Control New Haven CT Software
Criterion Inc. Norwalk CT Software
Device42 LLC New Haven CT Software
EasySeat Tickets Plainville CT Software
ECKey Corporation Lancaster PA Software
Electric Compass Darien CT Software
Ensa.com, Inc. Danbury CT Software
GoECart Bridgeport CT Software
GrowthCast New Haven CT Software
Inbox Health Inc. Bridgeport CT Software
Invessence, Inc. Chatham NJ Software
Logicbroker, Inc. Shelton CT Software
Mingl Wilton CT Software
Outfox Solutions, Inc. Stamford CT Software
Rally Bus New Haven CT Software
RecDesk LLC East Hartford CT Software
SecureRF Corporation Shelton CT Software
Specialized Data Systems, Inc. East Haven CT Software
SyferLock Technolgy Corporation Shelton CT Software
Technical Consulting & Research, Inc. Weston CT Software
VEOCI New Haven CT Software
Verbi, Inc Cheshire CT Software
VRSim, Inc East Hartford CT Software


This year’s event was made possible by two presenting sponsors: the law firm of Cantor Colburn LLP, and First Niagara Bank. Supporting sponsors include Connecticut Innovations, the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, the accounting firm of Fiondella, Milone and LaSaracina, Fiserv, The Hartford, the law firms of Murtha Cullina and Dilworth IP, the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC), the University of Connecticut and the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute.


About CTC

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.



Michael Scricca

Connecticut Technology Council

(860)289-0878 ext. 334; mscricca@ct.org

Cell: (860)543-4971


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