Over the past few decades Connecticut has emerged as new player in the tech startup world, brushing shoulders with well known Tech Business hotspots in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and New York. Legislation on the public side and support from private companies and organizations who seek to improve Connecticut’s standing in the tech world have led to a new, thriving ecosystem for companies to flourish in. Thus, many exciting new Startups have been gaining recognition in the area.
The Connecticut Technology Council has been the champion of these Startups through a yearly award in conjunction with Marcum LLP, one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory services firms in the nation. The award, called the Marcum Tech Top 40, seeks to determine the top achievers among CT startups in six categories; Overall Best, Life Sciences, Software, Green Technologies, IT Services, and New Media/Internet/Telecom. In anticipation of the 2017 winners who will be announced in about two weeks, here’s a run-down of last year’s winners: The best and brightest Tech Startups in Connecticut.
Overall: The winner of the top spot was Revolution Lighting, an LED Lighting company that seeks to set the bar high in terms of cost-effectiveness, green energy consciousness, and modernity. The Stamford, CT company has had a 3000% revenue increase in the past four years alone.
Life Sciences: The Life Science category was an easy win by New Haven’s Achillion Pharmaceuticals, a patient-focused, science-based company that has been making a mark with new drug discovery and commercialization. Notably, AP is breaking new ground with it’s high level Hepatitis C therapies.
Software: Continuity is a new software company out of New Haven that offers compliance management solutions for a variety of institutions through their individually tailored software. With regulations constantly changing, Continuity helps finance companies save money by automating the compliance process.
Green Technologies: Ctec Solar LLC took the Green Tech category with their explosive entry into the commercial and residential solar panel market. The environmentally conscious company is based out of Bloomfield.
IT Services: Sons of Norwalk, Datto, inc. have taken advantage of the increasingly digital world we live in. They offer data backup as well as disaster recovery services for a growing market of people and businesses who rely on The Cloud.
New Media/Internet/Telecom: Rounding out the winners, from Wallingford, CT we have Discover Video inc. Discover offers video streaming products and software as well as consultation services in video communication and digital media for organizations looking to stay a part of the constantly evolving digital world.
With such successful entries last year, one can only look forward with excitement and anticipation to the 2017 Tech Top 40 coming in late september. Connecticut continues to show the rest of the country, not to mention the world, that they are the place to be watching for new technology and new Startups.