Innovation is a contact sport. Rarely does the individual innovate on his or her own, but rather as a team, even if only as a team of two. This year at the Innovation Summit, more than 400 participants; nearly 100 Tech Companies To Watch, 40 pitching companies, 40 mentors, and at least 20 investors gathered for the day, under the “tent” of the Toyota Oakdale Theatre. Stir up that mix and you get a lot of contacts, new connections and what we hope is the driver of innovation in the state.
After the mentor meetings concluded, pitching companies received feedback, deals were discussed in the funding fair, and incubator space explored in the showcase, all attendees made their way to the theatre to celebrate the winning companies. Congratulations to all of this year’s Tech Companies To Watch, and hats off to this year’s most promising companies:
The Innovation Summit is one of six Signature Events run by the Connecticut Technology Council. This year, the Summit ran a bit like a three-ring circus where many exhibits, meetings and shows took place at the same time. Among the chatter and constant movement of the event, innovation – and magic – happens, through the support of co-working spaces, start up accelerators, and incubators. Further development and growth will come from the partnerships and mentorship facilitated at this event.
This year’s event was one of great changes and success and we are happy to have received positive feedback from smiling faces at the event’s conclusion.
“Congratulations on an outstanding event yesterday. Having had the opportunity to attend many national events in the past year (JP Morgan Healthcare, Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, SXSW, mHealth, HIMSS). It was truly wonderful to see such a world class event here in Connecticut. The venue, sponsorship, layout and execution, where all extremely well done. Having owned restaurants and run national events in healthcare, I truly appreciate how much effort that all takes. (you probably started planning next year last month!) Of course, a great stage is meaningless without great talent. It was amazing how many “cool” companies we have going here in Connecticut, and who are getting involved in an ever growing environment. It was great to make connections, learn new things, and participate in this environment.” – Andy Quinn, CEO, between MD.
“I attended the Summit yesterday and found it to be very informative and uplifting! I have established connections with a number of the companies and will follow up with them to develop a relationship as they progress with their business plans.” – Douglas King