CII’s latest program is the Connecticut Innovation Challenge, which is aimed at starting collaborative relationships with small businesses and universities to solve technology problems that have global market potential.
The business and university partnerships will be tasked with solving one of four technology challenges posed by larger businesses, and CII will award up to $150,000 each to as many as five teams to offset costs of advancing their projects. The participating small businesses must match CII’s money.
The technology challenges the teams must solve:
• Smart grid technologies to advance microgrids (electricity systems);
• Adding value to biomass pathways (biofuel industry) to produce fuels, power or bio-based chemicals;
• Rechargeable power and enhanced display solutions for portable and handheld applications;
• Manufacturing process improvements, including the capability to address distortion during heat treatments, and process conversion from press to autoclave curing.
Businesses and universities looking to participate can find information and registration online at the CT iHUB, at ctihub.com/show/challenge-grant.
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