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SBANE Announces the Winners of the 2016 Innovation Awards

Judges chose eight winners from an impressive pool of 188 nominees WALTHAM, Mass., May 13, 2016- The Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) has announced the eight winners of the prestigious 2016 SBANE New England Innovation Awards. The winners, narrowed from a list of 20 finalists, were announced at the May 12th 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 phases of judging. Phase 1 of the competition was held on March 22, 2016 at the Executive Conference Center at Bentley University 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.

The Finalists presented to a panel of 66 judges on April 7, 2016 at the MIT Endicott House in Dedham, MA as part of Phase 2 of the competition. 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.

"For 31 years, SBANE has done a remarkable job of identifying winners whose technology, services and ideas represent how truly innovative the New England Ecosystem is. This year has been no exception. Each and every one of our winners and for that matter our nominees, are leaders in their space, driving forward this innovation economy to make our lives and our own companies far superior to any other region in the country, let alone the world. As the SBANE Circle of Excellence welcomes the class of 2016, I can honestly say it is one of our best yet", said SBANE's New England Innovation Awards Committee Chairman, Todd Faber, President, The Faber Group.

And the winners are: In the For-Profit Category: BionX Everbridge Jana Kaon Interactive In the Non-Profit Category: College Diabetes Network CommonWealth Kitchen   As the Rising Stars: Constant Therapy TrucBrush   SBANE extends a sincere congratulations to all our 2016 New England Innovation Award Winners! 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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