Five companies have been awarded $10,000 each for their innovative project ideas, Connecticut Innovations has announced.
The organization, which receives state money to invest in high-tech startups, made the awards through its CTNext program.
Following are the companies and their projects, as outlined in the agency's announcement this week:
109 Design in New Haven. "The company is developing a medical device that gathers data and a smart phone application that relays that data to parents, physicians and patients in real time to incentivize the wearing of a back brace to treat scoliosis." 109 Design received an additional $2,000 as the "judges' favorite selection."
Envirowerks in East Hartford. "The company is developing the HodPod, a hydrogen on-demand system that increases the power provided to trucks without using more diesel." The Angel Investor Forum awarded Envirowerks an additional $1,000.
FRESH Farm Aquaponics in Glastonbury. "This company is an aquaponic farm, raising fish and plants together in a sustainable ecosystem, developing their own growing medium and winterizing techniques." Fresh Farm Aquaponics received an additional $2,000 for its selection as "crowd favorite." selection.
Vesselon in Darien. "The company is developing the world's first device to treat stroke victims before they get to the hospital."
Why Science in New Haven. "The company is building a cloud-based customizable learning system that integrates current educational standards and uses students' natural curiosity to improve learning effectiveness."