Entrepreneur awards contest to be held Wednesday

The second round of statewide Entrepreneur Innovation Awards will feature eight companies battling from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in a Shark Tank-type event sponsored by the entrepreneurial businesses agency CTNext at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford.

Winners can get up to $10,000 to help launch their projects, and the finalists are GoodStreets, The Brothers Crisp, Adaptive Aviation, Azitra, CaroGen, Dianthus Bioscience, eBrevia and EverSci.

“Any Connecticut startup is eligible,” CTNext said on its website.

Only registered CTNext members can win, though, and funds to be sought should be going toward growth-related projects. Prototyping, performance testing, compliance testing, intellectural property assessment, product or service development, market research and licensing are examples of what could be funded.

More information on how to apply for an award is available at ctnext.com/eia.

The first award event in February wound up with six winners of $10,000 awards: AdapTac Games, Dura Biotech, FaceChecks, Poplar Network/Green Buildings Online Inc., Secor Water and VAL Health. FaceChecks won an additional $2,000 as the crowd favorite, while Secor Water won the same amount as judge’s favorite.

CTNext came into existence as part of the bipartisan Connecticut Jobs Bill passed in 2011 to help boost the state’s economy. The idea was to identify promising startup companies and entrepreneurial opportunities and help them launch projects in Connecticut.

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