Entrepreneurs Get a TechStart

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>tech-handNEW HAVEN — Budding entrepreneurs had an opportunity to present the fruits of their tech labors to potential investors at the TechStart Demo Day on December 10, the culminating event of Connecticut Innovations Inc.Â’s (CII) TechStart Accelerator Program.

The Accelerator program matches teams with resources and mentors to fine-tune their technology startup ventures in addition to providing $25,000 of initial funding. A previous DemoDay event took place in May.

The nine presenting teams included five graduates of the Accelerator program as well as four companies supported by CIIÂ’s "//#visit_us">visit us Fund. Six of the nine "http://www.moral/buyonline//#buy_" online are based in the immediate New Haven area.

The TechStart teams were:

Door to the North (Shelton): developing software combining a notepad, instant chat, and a task list into a single application to enable easier, faster collaboration among workplace teams.

Exerscript (New Haven): a Web-based diabetes prevention and support program focused on exercise.

FaceChecks (Bridgeport): facial recognition software and mobile app that can be used by police, security and banking industries for applications such as high-security login for computers, phones and websites.

goBlue (New Haven): aims to release a fitness app using neuroscience technology to help athletes develop a mental training program to enhance their performance.

Innermost Labs (Seymour): designs mobile technology to connect geographically separated members of organizations.

The Pre-Seed teams were mostly from outside the immediate area, with the exception of Orange-based Shizzlr, which is releasing the group chat programming software Groupcentric, which will allow developers the ability to add private sharing to their mobile phone chat applications.

Other teams included Combat2Career of West Simsbury, a Web-based portal to connect veterans with higher education and suitable employers; eBrevia of Stamford, which uses language-processing technology to extract from and summarize legal documents; and Umbie DentalCare, an East Hartford-based cloud application for tablet devices aimed at helping dental professionals manage clients and business practices.


— John Mordecai

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