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SBANE Announces the Winners of the 2015 Innovation Awards

Judges chose eight winners from an impressive pool of 175 nominees

WALTHAM, Mass., May 7, 2015- The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced the eight winners of the prestigious 2015 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists, were announced at the May 6th Evening of Innovation program held at the Westin Hotel, Waltham, MA. “The New England Innovation Awards showcases the best innovative companies in our region who possess the most explosive growth potential to expand our economic base. The health of the New England Economy depends upon the creative forces of innovation to drive capital formation and job creation,” said SBANE President, Robert Baker. The nominees competed in two rounds of judging. The initial round was held on March 19th at the Conference Center at Bentley University in Waltham, where the nominees were narrowed to a list of 50 semi-finalists. In a second judging session, that list was then narrowed to 20 finalists. "As is the case each and every year, the task of selecting our 20 finalists from a pool of over 175 nominees is an arduous one, with this year being no exception,” said SBANE’s New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group. The 20 Finalists presented to a panel of 68 judges on April 9th at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA. After the presentations, the judges chose four winners in the “Profit” category and two in the “Non-Profit” category. Two companies were honored as “Rising Stars”, who are in the early stage of development and have clearly demonstrated the validity of their business.

“All of our winners have exemplified what SBANE considers true industry agnostic innovation and we are delighted that they have joined an exclusive group of tremendous companies and organizations from throughout New England in SBANE’s ‘Circle of Excellence’” said Faber, after the winners had been announced.

And the winners are: In the For-Profit Category: Affirmed Networks Comark Convergent Dental HALO Maritime Defense Systems Inc. In the Non-Profit Category: Safe and Sound: A Sandy Hook Initiative The New England Center for Children As the Rising Star: BioDirection Medrobotics Corporation SBANE extends their sincerest congratulations to all the winners and welcomes them into SBANE’s “Circle of Excellence”.   About SBANE: The Smaller Business Association of New England, Inc. (SBANE), founded in 1938, is a private not-for-profit association of approximately 600 member companies located throughout the six-state region.  SBANE was established to provide a legislative voice for small business at the state and federal levels and to make practical information available to help business owners grow their companies.  SBANE runs diverse, educational programs each year and has active chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  The membership is characterized by a high degree of participation, reflected in a large and dynamic committee structure, addressing a range of topics from international trade to human resources.  Visit SBANE at www.sbane.org.
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