Judges chose eight winners from an impressive pool of 204 nominees
WALTHAM, Mass., May 9, 2013- The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced the eight winners of the prestigious 2013 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists, were announced at the May 8th 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 21st at SBANE’s headquarters in Waltham, MA 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 200 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 70 judges on April 10th at the Henderson House in Weston, 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:
- Actifio, Waltham, MA (Profit)
- Affinnova, Waltham, MA (Profit)
- Arteriocyte Medical Systems, Hopkinton, MA (Profit)
- BigBelly Solar, Newton, MA (Profit)
- Community Water Solutions, Boston, MA (Non-Proft)
- Found in Translation, Medford, MA (Non-Profit)
- NuLabel Technology, Providence, RI (Rising Star)
- T2 Biosystems, Lexington, MA (Rising Star)