It is billed as Connecticut’s “ultimate gathering of entrepreneurship and innovation,” as the Connecticut Technology Council honors tech and non-tech startups representing early stage and emerging growth companies at The Innovation Summit, to be held on November 10 featuring a Pitch Fest, Funding Fair, Poster Expo, and Awards Ceremony. The well-attended annual event includes 100 exhibiting Tech Companies To Watch, 40 pitching companies, and more than 400 attendees. The Council has begun accepting applications and will continue selecting companies, on a rolling basis. The application deadline is September 30.
One of the key features at the 9th Annual Innovation Summit will be the Funding Fair, where angels, VCs, investment bankers, lenders, family offices, private investors, and other resources are on-hand to offer individual guidance and advice to attendees. The Funding Fair also offers fledgling businesses opportunities to connect with incubators and co-working spaces.
“Our Tech Companies To Watch are the focus of this event making it crucial that we offer a variety of valuable opportunities to those selected,” said Bruce Carlson, President and CEO of the Connecticut Technology Council. “Connecticut’s growing companies are looking for resources that will enable them to thrive in today’s economy. This year’s Innovation Summit is the place for them to find everything they’re looking for; a one-stop-shop for talent, funding, mentors, and peer support.”
In the Pitch Fest, selected Tech Companies To Watch will deliver a three-minute pitch to a live audience of investors, entrepreneurs, and other interested parties, and panel of judges. The TCTW Expo affords an opportunity for entrepreneurs to show off their companies and ideas to potential partners, customers, investors, and talent. The awards will be presented to the next generation of high-growth companies in Connecticut, honored for their potential in their respective industry categories.
Workshops will be offered in a variety of focus areas. “We’ve added workshops, some of which will focus on funding, raising alternative forms of capital, and understanding each stage of financing. Other workshop will be geared toward growth company needs like marketing and talent recruitment,” said Carlson.
Companies will be notified by October 9 if they are selected to participate. There is no charge to apply, however there is a discounted registration fee of $90 for admission and an exhibitor table. The Innovation Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 10:00am - 5:00pm, at the Connecticut Convention Center, a new location for the event reflecting the need for a larger venue as the number of participating companies increases.
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 2,500 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.