Thank you!

Thank you for believing in Connecticut. We strive to showcase the that entrepreneurial community has what it takes to develop, grow and sustain new businesses throughout the state.

The CT Entrepreneur Awards celebrate the entrepreneurs and support system that make Connecticut work. The inaugural awards will recognize a variety of individuals and organizations that connect, collaborate and communicate amongst each other to help entrepreneurs succeed.

Learn more about the awards and the consortium members.

Results Announced CT Entrepreneur Awards 2017


Tonight, in a sold-out awards event at the Stony Creek Brewery in Branford, the 2017 CT Entrepreneur Awards were presented. The program featured both judged and community-favorite categories. Nominations began in January 2017 and then 14 expert judges from 13 states evaluated the finalists to identify winners in four categories. A 30-day community-voting period during February and March 2017 yielded 18,709 unique votes for the 221 finalists in 11 categories. 61 Connecticut cities and towns were represented by the finalists.


"The CT Entrepreneur Awards showcased the tremendous bench of entrepreneurial talent we have here in our State," said Eric Knight, Founder and President of Remarkable Technologies Inc. and one of the event's organizers.  "These persons and entities demonstrated boundless creativity and performance in their ventures.  It was great to reward the many successes."


"Based on the tremendous response across the State for this inaugural event, we are certain to repeat and expand the CT Entrepreneur Awards next year," said Tony Vengrove, Founder & CEO of Miles Finch Innovation and Makery Coworking. "The startup grind has its ups and downs and we believe it is critical for Connecticut’s entrepreneurial community to take time to celebrate its progress and successes."


About the CT Entrepreneur Awards

The CT Entrepreneur Awards identify, recognize, and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures, and ecosystem elements that support them.


The CT Entrepreneur Awards are a product of the CT Entrepreneur Event Organizers consortium. This is an all-volunteer cooperative effort of all the people and organizations that host and facilitate entrepreneur-facing events in CT. See a full list of the affiliated organizations at


Planning has already begun for the 2018 CT Entrepreneur Awards. For more information about the event or the Entrepreneur Event Calendar, including how to get involved or become a sponsor, contact Bill Kenney at


Full Award Results

Judged winner + 4 honorable mentions

Entrepreneur of the Year

1. Tom Nassr, Checkmate Digital, Hamden

Supported by:

Whitneyville Cultural Commons, Workforce Alliance, Tech Talent Bridge, and CT Innovations

2. Charles O'Connell, Fitscript

3. Lucca Riccio, Message Mask

4. Scott Drozd, FCPEuro

5. Ben Paletsky, South Farms

Venture of the Year: Revenue

1. PatientWisdom, Gregory Makoul, New Haven

Supported by:

A100 program, A100 shared space, and Venture Clash process

2. Arccos Golf, Sal Syed

3. My Home Pro Network, Nick Pantacoloni

4. RepVisits, Erica White

5. Obvia, Mark Keeley

Venture of the Year: Pre-Revenue

1. Wellinks, Ellen Su, New Haven

Supported by:

The Refinery, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, CURE, Connecticut Innovations

2. SIAS Global, Russell Schimmer

3. GestVision, Wendy Davis

4. Shoreline Biome, Thomas Jarvie

5. Rural Access, Nebiyu Daniel

Community Builder of the Year

1. Susan Froshauer, CURE, Groton

2. Christina Kane, The Grove, New Haven

3. Michelle Cote, UConn CCEI, Storrs and East Hartford

4. David Menard, Murtha Cullina, Hartford

5. Mike Kaltschnee, Danbury Hackerspace, Danbury


Community Favorites + 2 honorable mentions


1. Chris O’Connell, Fitscript, New Haven

Supported by:

CT Innovations Techstart, CT Next EIA Awards, and CT SBIR

2. Jessica Reis, Reis Learning Center

3. Matt Maneggia, CT Family Acupuncture

Entrepreneur: Student

1. Lucca Riccio, Message Mask, Southington

Supported by:

CT Invention Convention/Southington Schools, CT NEXT (EIA Awards) and (Entrepreneur Coaching), CT Innovation Council's - Innovation Summit/CT Convention Center, Crossroads Venture Group Rising Entrepreneur and Showcase Company Forum/Fairfield University, The STEMIE Coalition

2. Devon Feuer, The Other Mother's Day, Wesleyan University

3. Arya Bairat, CO2 Emissions Converter, Milford

Venture: Revenue

1. Reis Learning Center, Jessica Reis, New Milford

Supported by:

Bank Street Group and the New Milford Chamber of Commerce

2. One Plug Entertainment, Chase Caldwell, Brookfield

3. Noteworthy Chocolates, Michael Sauvageau, Bethel

Venture: Pre-Revenue

1. GestVision, Wendy Davis, Groton
Supported by:

Yale School of Management, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, Connecticut Small Business Development Center, CT Innovations, CTNext, CURE, SECT Tech, Angel Investor Forum, the Refinery, UConn Ventures Accelerator Fund

2. Cybrexa Therapeutics, Per Hellsund, New Haven

3. Wellinks, Ellen Su, New Haven

Community Builder

1. Jason Vincent, Town of Stonington

2. Jill Weiss, Fat City Screen Printing

3. David Menard, Murtha Cullina


1. Workspace Collective, Danbury

2. Foundry 66, Norwich

3. Axis 901, Manchester


1. Creating Economic Opportunities, UConn

2. Farmington Bank Women's Business Roundtable @ University of Hartford, Women's Entrepreneur Center

3. Upper Albany Main Street, Hartford


1. Senator Chris Murphy

2. Moraima Gutierrez, SBA

3. Gregory Lewis, CT SBDC


1. Startup Grind Connecticut

2. CT Innovation Nights

3. Stamford Tech Meetup


1. Charger Startup Weekend at the University of New Haven

2. Girls for Technology

3. ASAP!


1. Murtha Cullina

2. FML   Fiondella Milone and LaSaracina LLP

3. CT Children's Medical Center


The CT Entrepreneur Awards recognize the individuals and organizations that are instrumental in running the state’s ecosystem. From community builders and events to government officials and advisors that continuously support entrepreneurs, the awards celebrate local leaders that make a difference.


The CT Entrepreneur Awards are community driven. We have established 9 main categories to collect a broad array of leaders that create the foundation for entrepreneurs to succeed. In phase 1, we ask you to nominate as many leaders that deserve recognition for their work in the community.


During January, we are collecting nominations. From that broad list, we will narrow the field and hold final voting in February. The awards ceremony will be held in late March or early April and act as the event to bring together all of the people dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs throughout the state.


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The CT Entrepreneur Awards identify, recognize and celebrate Connecticut’s leading entrepreneurs, ventures and ecosystem elements that support them.

The CT Entrepreneur Awards are a product of the CT Entrepreneur Event Organizers consortium. This is an all-volunteer cooperative effort of all the people and organizations that host and facilitate entrepreneur facing events in CT.

Proceeds from the CT Entrepreneur Awards go directly into funding the statewide Entrepreneur Events Calendar (

Have questions? Want to get involved? Want to sponsor?

Contact: Bill Kenney
(860) 573-4821

Award Organizing Team

Bill Kenney, Test My Pitch
Eric Knight, Remarkable Technologies & CT Entrepreneur in Residence
Tim Laubacher, Launch EZ
Katelyn Morgan, Innovate Hartford
Tony Vengrove, Mile Finch Innovation & Makery Coworking
Joel Whipple, Que Ventures

Consortium Members

Accelerated Ventures LLC
Axis 901
Baypath University
Bridgeport Innovation Center
Business New Haven
Central CT State University
Congressman Jim Himes
Crossroads Venture Group
CT Business & Industry Association
CT Economic Resource Center, Inc.
CT Entrepreneur Meetup
CT Hackerspace
CT Innovations
CT Invention Convention
CT Small Business Development Center
CT Technology Council
CT User Experience Design Professionals
CT Women's Small Business Development Council
Danbury Hackerspace
Department of Economic & Community Development
Digital Surgeons
Economic Development Corp of New Haven
Enhanced Capital
Fairfield University
Foundry 66
Goodwin College
Hartford Business Journal
Help CT Grow
Innovate Hartford
Innovation Destination: Hartford
Launch EZ
M5 Information Services
Madison Mott
Metro Hartford Alliance
Miles Finch Innovation
MJX Asset Management
National Invention Convention
New Haven Chamber of Commerce
New Haven Lean Startup Meetup
Norwich Community Development Corporation
Quinnipiac University
Remarkable Technologies
SCORE - Hartford
SCORE - Western Connecticut
Senator Chris Murphy’s Office
SPARK MakerSpace
Stamford Tech Meetup
Startup Grind - New Haven
Startup Hartford
Stamford Innovation Center
TAN2000 International
Test My Pitch
The Business Council of Fairfield County
The Diversion
The Entrepreneurship Foundation
The Grove
The Refinery
Town of Old Saybrook
Town of Stonington
Transactions Marketing, Inc.
U.S. Small Business Administration
University of Bridgeport
University of Connecticut
University of Connecticut - Connecticut Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
University of Connecticut - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium
University of Connecticut - School of Business
University of Connecticut - School of Engineering
University of Connecticut - Technology Incubation Program
University of Hartford - Entrepreneurial Center
University of Hartford - Women's Business Center at Entrepreneurial Center
University of New Haven - Tagliatela College of Engineering
University Western Connecticut State University
Wesleyan University
Westfair Communications
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
Yale Center for Molecular Discovery
Yale Entrepreneurial Institute
Yale Entrepreneurial Institute Yale
Yale Office of Cooperative Research
Yale School of Management
Yale University