The Connecticut Technology Council has announced its list of "Companies to Watch" in 2014. The companies, most of which are in the startup phase, were chosen for their potential for future growth. The Council will recognize them at its Innovation Summit, which will take place at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford on November 12. There, they will have the chance to make pitches to angel investors and venture capitalists and meet one-on-one with successful entrepreneurs.
Among the "mentors" who will be in attendance will be Michael Boccardi, CEO of managed IT services company Cervalis, and Devon Brady, a senior manager at Ernst & Young. They will provide guidance to up-and-coming entrepreneurs in a variety of business areas: financial, human resources, legal, marketing, sales and technical. Most of the selected companies are in the life sciences, software development or telecommunications industries, with a handful in other sectors such as advanced manufacturing and energy.
"The Innovation Summit is Connecticut's largest IT networking event."
The Innovation Summit is Connecticut's largest IT networking event, bringing together new players with established companies and potential investors to drive the state's science and tech sectors forward. In addition to an expo and showcase, there will be a "Pitch Fest," an increasingly popular event where entrepreneurs have three minutes to deliver a pitch and are graded by a panel of judges, who also provide tips for improvement.
Connecticut has seen a number of public and private initiatives in recent times that aim to keep the state competitive and even make it a leader in these dynamic industries. Local managed IT services software developers can help the region's companies with their IT needs, providing custom software to help them streamline their business processes.