Hamden Business Named 'Innovater Of The Month' By Murphy

A Hamden business that builds custom software for startups is U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy’s August Innovator of the Month, he announced Friday.

Checkmate Digital was founded in 2015 by Quinnipiac University alumni Tom Nassr and Matthew Cameron, who have since grown their team to employ 16 people and offer apprenticeships to other workers.

The company designs and builds websites and other software services for businesses in a wide range of fields, from medicine and cybersecurity to fitness and travel.

Clients include North Haven-based genetic testing company My Gene Counsel, whose president and CEO founded the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program at Yale School of Medicine. Checkmate has also worked with Carrot Creative, a full-service digital agency owned by VICE news network.

Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, presented Nassr with a congressional certificate in Hamden on Friday.

The senator launched his Innovator of the Month series in January to highlight entrepreneurs’ contributions to the state and to give them a platform to help shape laws that regulate small businesses and startups.

This year, Murphy has also honored:

  • IsoPlexis of Branford, a medical instrument and software venture that tries to predict whether patients will respond well to cancer treatments.
  • SeeClickFix of New Haven, mobile app that people can use to report non-emergency issues like potholes and light outages to local governments.
  • The Jackson Laboratory of Farmington, a 3-year-old, nonprofit biomedical research institution.
  • Continuity of New Haven, a technology company that helps financial institutions comply with banking regulations.
  • Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in Middletown, an incubator at Wesleyan University.
  • MakeHaven of New Haven, a nonprofit, shared workshop for entrepreneurs, inventors and artists.
  • Fitscript of New Haven, a digital health company that helps people monitor and control their diabetes.
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