Connecticut Innovation Summit to Highlight Emerging Entrepreneurial Businesses

Hundreds of people who from across the spectrum of Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem — from C-level executives to emerging entrepreneurs, investors to entrepreneurial support organizations, service providers to students, will gather to share ideas and promote and celebrate innovation at the Connecticut Innovation Summit, convening for the seventh year on November 7.

The expanded Summit agenda includes:

Mentor Meetings where 75 entrepreneurs will get the unprecedented opportunity to meet one-on-one with three tech experts of their choosing — executives, investors, and serial entrepreneurs who built and sold companies — to share their experiences, knowledge and expertise.

The Funding Fair where funders and entrepreneurial resources including angels, VCs, corporate VCs, investment bankers, InnovationSummitLogo_V2_sm_001lenders, family offices, government programs, private investors, incubators and co-working spaces will be on-hand to offer individual guidance and advice.

The Pitch Fest where each of the 75 companies deliver a three-minute pitch to a panel of judges. The top ten pitchers will compete at the Pitch-Off where the audience, by way of electronic voting, determines the best of the best.

Poster Expo enabling deal makers and movers and shakers face-to-face time with each of the 75 Tech Companies to Watch.

Described as “Connecticut's Largest Networking Event for Innovative, Emerging and Start-up Companies,” the expanded agenda also recognizes Tech Companies to Watch - 75 tech start-ups representing cutting edge, early stage and emerging growth companies.  Companies that reflect innovation, and have the potential to grow quickly and do not exceed $3M in revenue, are urged to apply to be a Tech Company to Watch.

Five of the 75 companies will receive awards in categories including green tech, internet / new media, life sciences, software and technology product / service. The Connecticut Innovation Summit is presented by Angel Investor Forum, Connecticut Technology Council, Crossroads Venture Group, CTNext, and CURE. Registration is now available.