NEW HAVEN — The Arts Council of Greater New Haven has just made its free mobile app available for Android phones; the app has been available for iOS devices since last September.
The ANDI (Arts, Nightlife, Dining Information) app was developed in association with MEA Mobile and provides a database of arts events, venue listings, and dining locations for greater New Haven, pulling from the arts council’s online calendar and dining listings from visitnewhaven.com.
The app also allows users to view more information on each event/venue, as well visit corresponding websites, get directions or make phone calls.
SHELTON — The teachers grade the students, but who will grade the teachers?
Axiom Education is developing Mentor, a Web-based course and learning-assessment platform designed to help educational institutions from kindergarten through college measure learning outcomes.
The program recently received $150,000 in financing from Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) for further product development and marketing.
Mentor is also designed to assist with student course evaluations, grants and general surveys. It was developed by Fairfield University professor Curt Naser, who is also Axiom’s founder and chief product officer. The platform is currently being used at the university, as well as at Loyola Marymount, and Elon universities, the University of San Francisco and the Easton Country Day School.
Axiom’s CII investment was awarded through the latter’s Pre-Seed Fund, which supports the development of new Connecticut technology companies.
NEW HAVEN — If you’re an entrepreneur ready to launch your own tech venture, a golden opportunity is now available, in the form of Connecticut Innovations Inc.’s (CII) TechStart Accelerator Program.
Applications for teams to take part in the fall program are being accepted through August 15. Selected teams will be provided with $25,000 in initial capital to help launch their startups with the help of mentors for development, sales, marketing and legal issues. The teams can then try to pitch for more funding from angel or institutional investors. The three-month program will take place in New Haven from September 17 to mid-December. The first Accelerator program, which saw 80 applicants vying for nine finalist spots, took place this spring.
More information on applying can be found at ctinnovations.com/TechStart.
NORTH HAVEN — The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has Covidien on its hit list.
After the company recalled its Duet surgical staples device in January after reports of injuries and deaths, it was slapped with violations including failure to document its investigations into the incidents, and failure to quickly take corrective action since first receiving complaints in 2009.
An FDA inspection of Covidien’s North Haven plant earlier this year and discovered the violations. The agency asserts that the company did not adequately provide descriptions or evidence of any corrective action.
The FDA dismissed Covidien’s response that a corrective plan was not required, and in June warned that failure to correct the violations could result in seizures and injunction of penalties.
A Covidien spokesman has said the company is working to resolve FDA’s concerns.
WEST HAVEN — Bioscience firm and influenza war-wager NanoViricides has raised $5 million after recent fund-raising efforts, now holding more than two years worth of cash on hand.
The company is using the resources to further fund research into its anti-flu compound. In 2010, it was cleared to raise as much as $40 million via a Form S-3 offering. Eventually the company plans to take its potential flu drug to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Additional equipment may also be purchased with the new capital.
The $5 million investment came from a single source: Seaside 88, a Florida limited partnership that previously invested $20 million in NanoViricides.
The company is creating products that attack and dismantle virus particles that will combat other diseases such as H1N1 swine flu, H5N1 bird flu, HIV, herpes and eye diseases.
NEW HAVEN — Tweed-New Haven Airport is boasting a new image thanks to an updated website at flytweed.com, as well as a mobile app for iOS and Android.
Developed by local firm Digital Surgeons, the new site allows travelers to book flights from New Haven via the reservation system for US Airways, which operates daily flights from Tweed to Philadelphia.
The site offers flight bookings as well as portals for arranging travel to and from the airport, and New Haven visitor information. The airport reports its business is rising, with an 11-percent increase in passengers in 2011 over 2010.
WALLINGFORD — A new state financial resource may help more users “discover” video.
Streaming video provider Discover Video was one of the first companies to receive a $1 million grant from Connecticut Innovations Inc.’s (CII) newest funding vehicle, the Venture & Mezzanine Debt Fund, allowing it to expand sales and marketing efforts, and technology development.
The company provides streaming video equipment and services to broadcasters, schools, corporations and government entities for webcasting. Its products include video encoders and decoders, servers and mobile broadcasting kits. Locally, Cheshire High School is using Discover equipment for live morning announcements and video-on-demand to classrooms and mobile devices.
Discover Video founder Rich Mavrogeanes previously founded another local video streaming company, VBrick Systems. The new Debt Fund is geared to helping growth-stage tech companies in Connecticut expand.
BRIDGEPORT — As the Discovery Museum and Planetarium celebrates its 50th anniversary, it’s about to get some improvements.
The State Bond Commission recently approved $500,000 to fund the installation of new permanent exhibits at the museum, building improvements as well as technology upgrades to the Challenger Learning Center.
The additional funding also will be used to upgrade the exhibits on light, sound and renewable energy, the latter of which will feature donated equipment from Bridgeport solar thermal manufacturer SolarChange.
WALLINGFORD — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded local hydrogen energy company Proton Energy Systems $1.4 million to study hydrogen fueling stations.
The grant is part of a greater effort to cut energy costs and break more ground in using hydrogen as a fuel source. Proton Energy will also track the performance and progress of innovative refueling systems to make further improvements and lower costs.
The company will first deploy an advanced high-pressure electrolyzer at an existing hydrogen fuel station to double the dispensing capacity of the station’s storage tanks. Proton will also provide data from two other stations that generate hydrogen fuel from water through solar-powered electrolysis.
The state grant is part of a larger $2.4 million round of investments to five state companies.
MONROE — Bank software maker Continuity Control (CC) has attracted new financing as it prepares to relocate from Monroe to New Haven.
The company received $2.25 million from Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) as well as from angel investors, which will go toward expanding its support and sales infrastructure. CC last received $1.1 million in July 2011, following a grant of $2.1 million in 2010.
The company was started in 2008, offering software-as-a-service to small banks and credit unions. It now offers its service to banks of all sizes. It currently has 20 employees, half of whom are support staff scattered around the country.
CEO Andrew Greenawalt plans to move the company to a 4,000 square-foot space (its currently occupies a 1,000 square-foot facility) at 59 Elm Street in New Haven within the next few months to accommodate further expansion.
BRIDGEPORT — The greater Bridgeport chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) has made available online video versions of its most popular workshops. SCORE'S workshops are designed to help small-business owners and start-up business owners improve their companies. Some of the key videos are the popular five-session “Simple Steps to Starting a Business” program. Other videos cover subjects such as business funding, Internet business, patents and social media. The videos are free and can be found at Greaterbridgeport.score.org on the tab labeled "Video Workshops." The videos are being produced through a joint project of SCORE and the Trumbull Education Channel.
Greater Bridgeport SCORE is a chapter of the nationwide SCORE, which offers free business-based counseling, mentoring and workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and small-business owners.